Hair Oils : Macadamia vs Moroccan

Prior to the “big hair oil boom of 2011” the only mainstream hair oils I’d heard of were the old classics from VO5. Before Moroccan oil started popping up all over the blogosphere I did try 100% Argan oil having seen various reviews online but it did very little to improve the appearance of my hair and absolutely nothing to improve it’s condition in the long run. I was disappointed. I went on to sleep in various natural oils over the course of the year, none of which seemed to have any impact whatsoever. So when the new designer brands burst on to the scene you can see why I didn’t jump for joy at the prospect of hair restored to it’s former glory as everyone else seemed to. It took me until last month to try the raved about “Moroccan Oil” and after just one use I was sold. I put off purchasing for months because it was so expensive. I knew what I was buying when I placed my order but I had no idea how tiny 25ml really was until it arrived in it’s TINY box. That said you do only need the smallest amount. For my shoulder length hair I used a dollop about the size of a pound coin and that may have been too much. It made my hair sleek and smooth, I used the residue from around the bottle neck to tame any flyaways after styling and it might just have been the best my hair had ever looked. I couldn’t stop staring at my shiny, swishy hair. I was at the mirror every chance I got. It really did do what everyone said it would…. HOWEVER. After about a week of using it I could feel the residue in my hair. The product builds up and the shine is lost. A good clarifying shampoo would no doubt rectify this but if your hair is dry the last thing you want is to be adding a good cleanse to your regular routine and losing any precious moisture you’ve managed to retain.
I do like Moroccan Oil and I wont be throwing away my teeny tiny bottle of it just yet but if I was to recommend to you a hair oil that would be it. 
Macadamia Natural Oil. Now that’s something special! Both of these products are less oil in texture and consistency than they are serum. The difference between the two for me is how easily they build up. So far the Macadamia hasn’t come anywhere near to heavy on my hair, I can’t feel it at all whether I use it mixed in with my conditioner, on damp hair or as a finishing product.. My hair gleams and feels like silk just as it did with the Moroccan but I can’t accidentally put too much in.. trust me I’ve tried! I need a similar amount of product to get the same result but it’s lighter.. oh and it smells gorgeous! Both oils smell nice, I would describe the Moroccan as a kind of sweet mint scent, The Macadamia smells really similar to Lee Staffords products which if you’re familiar you’ll know smell great (he even launched a perfume it was so popular). 
Now on to the price comparison. We all know it’s cheaper to buy in bulk but when it comes to these two products you really have no choice, 
The Macadamia Natural Healing Oil Treatment 30ml £10.75 here 125ml £23.95 here
Moroccan Oil Treatment 25ml £12.85 here 100ml £30.45 here

Since I got the Macadamia Oil I haven’t used the Moroccan equivalent and I will say I’m as surprised as anyone with that turn of events. When I loved the Moroccan Oil as much as I did and saw the other online I thought it looked like a rip off of my new hair love.. little did I know it was the oil for me. 
It won’t be the case for everybody of course. Remember everyone’s hair is different, just as skin care is not universal hair care is often specifically targeted to certain hair types. Mine is thick, dry and damaged from heat styling and over use of bleach and home hair colours. If you have fine, fly away hair this might be the last thing you’d want. Fair enough.. this is just what works for me.
I know that neither of these products are pure oil and both contain nasty silicone’s which are oh so dreadful for your hair but if it can make my hair look and feel as fantastic as it does I really don’t care! I’m sure lots of people will read this and have their conflicting, no doubt superior opinions to mine but this post is me sharing with you my experience of these two oils.
Have you tried either of these yet?
Leave me a comment with your thoughts, it’s always good to share.. your experience may be very different from my own.. that doesn’t make either one of us wrong. It just makes us different!
Miss BB


  1. 3 January, 2012 / 9:35 pm

    I have Mythic oil and love it!

  2. 3 January, 2012 / 9:36 pm

    i absolutely love morrocannoil! oil seems to work well for my dry hair too. would try the macadamia version now! also i really like the vo5 miracle oil, super cheap, smells great & makes my hair feel super soft. great blog post 🙂 xx

  3. 3 January, 2012 / 9:37 pm

    I really didn't rate Moroccan oil. My hair is quite dry but also sensitive to moisture (made that term up lol) but If I put just a little bit to much of moisturising products in my hair it feels like straw so I find it tricky to get that balance right. I currently use and LOVE Mythic oil (I got it before glossybox lol) Really want to try the Macadamia oil, pretty sure I on Buyapowa that they are selling some products soon so will be hopefully trying it then xx

  4. 3 January, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    I remember you putting a video up of a product that helped your hair grow, what was it and did it work for you as I am growing my hair and will be tracking it via my blog so any tips would be great xxx

  5. 3 January, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    Never tried it but would like to!
    I've not tried the new v05 oil but definitely will be doing
    Well observed!!
    buyapowa have had a few coboys recently and this is coming soon
    it was Lee Stafford Hair Growth treament.. I'm currently using that once a week 🙂

  6. 3 January, 2012 / 10:13 pm

    Great review!
    I've been wanting to try these for a while now but I agree that they are pricey. I have been using argan oil by a different and cheaper brand though and I love that!


  7. 3 January, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    You’ve convinced me I NEED to try macadamia oil! I’m using Moroccan oil at the moment and I do like it but I could live without it at the same time, so something even better and cheaper would be perfect!

  8. 4 January, 2012 / 12:08 am

    You should really try caster oil I can't believe how much my hair has grown and the condition and believe me my hair was in BAD condition from too much bleach However I'm back to bleach highlights and my hair has never been
    Better 🙂 going to do a post about it soon

  9. 4 January, 2012 / 12:10 am

    I really want to try these particular oils but like yourself tried pure oils and the V05 versions and havent been impressed so the price does put me off

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  11. 4 January, 2012 / 2:01 pm highly recommend.. I personally purchased a lot of real human hair hand tied wefts and wigs from i got my hair so fast and it is absolutely the softest, most beautiful hair i have ever seen it is always smooth and delightful, the quality of the hair is wonderful, this hair is awesome! the hair was simple to maintain and i love the natural look of it i got tons of compliments! excellent quality and durability ,it is easy to work with and maintain on

  12. 4 January, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    I haven't tried Moroccanoil yet, as I've been put off by other people complaining about the same kind of build up they got from it as you did. I'm quite happy with my V05, but the Macadamia oil might be one to look out for, as I've got very dry hair.

  13. 4 January, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    Funnily enough my only ever bit of Spam (when I only had 3 followers too!) was when I did my review of Mythic Oil!

  14. 4 January, 2012 / 5:27 pm

    Very informative post, I will certainly be checking out the buyapowa deals on macadamia oil coming up soon – and I wouldn't have before I came accross this review, so thankyou!

    Phoebe x

  15. 5 January, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    Macadamia Oil is on BuyaPowa Now! x

  16. 27 January, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    An honest and inspiring review. I have also tried and love the Macadamia Natural Oil hair care range and am hooked. Moroccan Oil was good but Macadamia Naturals is awesome. A little advice…. prewash hair with your usual shampoo to remove hair products and then use a small amount of Macadamia Treatment Shampoo… it has quite a thin consistancy but believe me..a little goes a very long way… (I do wonder if perhaps the company could be supplying the shapoo bottle with a pump!!

    Also use minimal amounts of the other products in the range until you find just the amount you need as the product is of high quality and again a little goes a long way and differant amount for different folks.

    Most of all( and I do not work for Macadamia in any form) once you love this product..recommend it to your friends and family because if like me you care for your hair the way you care for your skin and I love seeing a healthy shiny head of hair.. ENJOY x

  17. 31 January, 2012 / 7:00 am

    Real Hair Extensions

    Very useful publish, I will certainly be looking at the buyapowa promotions on macadamia oil returning up soon – and I wouldn't have before I came accross this evaluation, so thankyou!

  18. Velma
    3 March, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    I personally love Pro Naturals

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