Hi everyone! A couple of months ago, I reviewed Moroccanoil's restorative hair mask, and I really liked it. I still use it, however the process is a little lengthy, as you need to condition post-mask. I also received a lot of feedback on the article (thank you!), with most of you commenting on how it's a little too expensive for you. Since receiving the Macadamia version of this mask from Hairtrade, I am completely blown away, and the Moroccanoil mask has been pushed to the back of my beauty cabinet.
First off, the mask may not smell as nice as the Moroccanoil version (it has a subtle scent, not offensive, but not as pungent as the Moroccanoil mask), but the results using this mask are amazing! The texture is a lot nicer than the Moroccanoil version, it is much more creamy and luxurious-feeling, in comparison to the foam, mousse-like texture of the Moroccanoil mask. The instructions say to leave in for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse for deeply nourished, reconstructed, and shiny hair. It also states how the mask should be used twice a week.
I use this mask once a week on a Sunday, as I am too busy during the week to use it twice a week. I find that once a week is perfectly sufficient for good results, and the tub will last a lot longer that way! The thing I like the most about the Macadamia mask is that you don't need to condition post-application - horaaaay! If you read my review on the Moroccanoil mask, you'd know you need to condition after applying the mask, which I found quite a pain. I much prefer a one-product-wonder, and can't really be bothered applying a thousand lotions and potions - I would much rather slap one on and relax with a good book!
The results from using this mask were amazing - from having it applied to my hair for just a couple of minutes, I could already feel the difference. My hair was so so soft! This is the feeling I didn't get from the Moroccanoil mask, so I was really pleased. Once my hair was dry, it was bouncy and silky smooth. I can't really comment on the shine because it's hard to tell for yourself in artificial light - I'll have to ask someone when I next apply it! As for the condition of my hair, I wouldn't say it improves damage that you've already incurred to your hair - come on, only a hair cut can get rid of split ends! - but I find it fabulous for keeping my hair in a good condition.
The price is also something I really like about the Macadamia mask. A 250ml pot will cost you just £18.40 from Hairtrade (£5.55 off the RRP!), compared to £29 for 250ml of the Moroccanoil version. As I prefer a conditioning mask, I would definitely repurchase the Macadamia version over the Moroccanoil. However, the Moroccanoil version is ideal for hair that really has been abused, such as bleached hair.
Do you have a favourite hair mask?