This year one of the biggest things in beauty has definitely been hair oils. They're supposed to work miracles on dry, damaged hair and turn frazzled ends into soft and shiny tresses. As someone who is hypersensitive to the feeling of having greasy or oily skin and hair, the thought of putting oil anywhere on my person didn't sit right with me at all. However, my hair is constantly in need of moisture, and seeing as everyone seemed to be loving them, I finally decided to give them a go.
The two main contenders on the market are definitely Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment or Moroccanoil Treatment. Both are oils (obviously) which claim to provide intense nourishment, repair damage, make hair shiny and reduce drying time, without leaving any residue. I kept trying to decide which one I wanted to go for, but in the end I ended up buying mini sizes of both and seeing which I preferred!
Let the battle commence...
Apologies for the stock images but I only have the mini sizes, so thought I'd give you an idea of what the regular full size products look like! Our first contender on the top is Moroccanoil - it looks exotic with the expensive-looking brown glass bottle and blue label. It has a screw top, but I believe it comes with a separate pump which you can use if you like. Our second contender on the bottom is Macadamia Oil - this bottle is made of plastic and has quite natural-looking brown and green themed packaging which is pretty but understated at the same time. It also comes with a pump top. I love the extravagance of the glass bottle in the Moroccanoil, but the permanent pump top and green colours means for me Macadamia Oil wins this round.
|Let's take a closer look at Moroccanoil...|
|Up next - Macadamia Oil!|
|I paid around £4 for this miniature size which is widely available on many beauty product websites|
|Macadamia Oil is lighter in colour than Moroccanoil, but it's just as thick, and has a rich, sweet smell that is definitely less articifial than Moroccanoil and also stays on the hair throughout the day. I really like both scents, but again, the natural smell of Macadamia Oil means it wins for me. This also worked very well into their hair and made it softer and shinier and much more manageable without ever feeling like my hair was weighed down. The claim that it reduces drying time is also true!|
To be completely honest, I didn't notice a huge difference in performance between these oils. If we're really splitting hairs (pun intended :P), Macadamia Oil maybe made my hair feel a fraction softer than Moroccanoil, plus it's much less likely to leave a residue, and combined with the fact that I prefer the smell and packaging, for me it's the one I would go for. The price difference is also pretty big: Moroccanoil costs around £25-30 for 100ml, whereas Macadamia Oil is around £15-20 for 125ml of product. So you get more product for less money with Macadamia Oil - definitely better in that respect!
These oils are both quite pricey, and there are other cheaper oils out there that claim to do the same thing. I have a review of one of those cheaper oils in the works, but I will say that the thickness and richness of these products makes me feel their price is somewhat justified, and they really do make your hair feel lovely. I think which you will like more is purely down to personal taste in scent and packaging, but my vote definitely goes to Macadamia Oil.
Have you tried these hair oils?