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Personally, I detest the taste of the macadamia nut. However, macadamia nut oil has got some good stuff going for it when it comes to hair care. Macadamia oil is extracted from the nutmeat of the macadamia tree aka macadamia integrifolia, which is native to Australia. Macadamia nut oil is a clear, light amber colour with a slightly nutty odour.
5 Reasons Macadamia Nut Oil is Awesome for Hair
- It’s long shelf life. Kept in a dark bottle in a fridge or a cool place; it can last up to 2 years.
- It is the most stable of all the oils including coconut oil.
- It’s got healthy amounts of amounts of magnesium, manganese, thiamine, copper, and iron. With your iron at the right level, strong hair growth is a given.
- Macadamia nut oil is a rich source of squalene, a naturally occurring antioxidant found especially in human sebum.
- It has a high content of palmitoleic acid content, a prominent fatty acid and natural moisturizer in human sebum. This resemblance to sebum makes it a highly effective moisturizer.
All of the above are great reasons to optimize it for hair growth and health internally but what about external uses? One of the best ways to use macadamia nut oil is as a hot oil treatment. By using it as a hot oil treatment, each strand of hair is protected and maintains moisture.
For an extra boost to your hair, you can apply it as a mask. Mix macadamia nut oil in with your conditioner before applying and deep conditioning as usual. For smooth, shiny hair, apply a few drops before styling. This will also help cut your hair drying time in half, as the oil is absorbed into your hair, pushing out water from under your cuticle.
I normally prefer to use the oils in their natural state but I have come across a macadamia nut oil product, which does wonders for the hair as well – Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask. Some people might find the smell overpowering but I was fine with it. It made my hair soft and frizz free. However, it isn’t something I would use regularly because it’s expensive and my hair can swallow 1/2 a jar in one sitting.
If you would like to know more about how to use natural oils for specific purposes to get more effective use out of them, you may want to check out How to Grow Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils, a guide which goes in-depth into which specific oil (s) works for each hair issues for optimal length and health.