On Saturday morning, I taught my Zumba class, came home and jumped in the shower. I washed my hair with Alterna's Bamboo Smooth shampoo, and then cracked open the Macadamia Deep Repair Mask packet. Immediately, the pleasant smell filled my shower. I really cant explain what it smelled like, but it was fabulous...nice and clean, yet fragrant. I squeezed the mask into my hand and knew just from the texture of the product that it was going to be hydrating. The mask wasnt very "thick", but it was creamy...honestly, it almost reminded me of a whipped butter consistency. The product was heavy enough without being heavy...if that makes any sense to you at all lol. I started on my ends and worked the product up to my roots. I have a lot of thick, curly, dry hair, so I ended up using the entire packet.
After applying the Macadamia Deep Repair Mask to my entire head, I split my hair down the middle into two sections, and clipped each section up. Then I went about the rest of my shower business. The mask was in my hair for a total of maybe 12 minutes...I didnt cover my head with a cap or use any heat source other than the heat and steam from the shower water. Once I was done with everything else, I used my trusty, wonderful Denman brush and began to detangle. Detangling was honestly a breeze. Aside from some minor knots that I had to work out (I actually very rarely brush my hair lol...when I wear it curly, I usually detangle with my fingers as not to disturb the curl pattern and create frizz), my brush practically glided through my hair. After I finished detangling and rinsing the mask, my hair felt so hydrated that I didnt even need to use another conditioner like I usually do.
To finish my hair, I used very little styling product...one dropper of Alterna's Kendi Oil, and about 2 pea-sized squirts of Alterna's Caviar Perfect Blowout Creme, focusing mostly on the ends. Blowdrying was also a breeze. I finished blowdrying in about 45 minutes...which is TOTALLY unheard of for me! I usually take over an hour for my whole head of hair to be dried and straight. When my hair was finally dry, it was noticeably more hydrated and felt hydrated as well. Here's what my hair looks like today!
Last, but not least, here are the ingredients. I was very pleased to see that this brand is cruelty free, paraben free, and alcohol free (Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol used as an emulsifier and conditioner..it is not drying to the hair).
Overall, I was very pleased with this mask. After using it, I can now say that I would definitely purchase a larger size, and I would also keep a few packets on hand for deep conditioning treatments for my on-location clients!