Many associate macadamia nuts with chocolate, a standard Hawaii vacation souvenir, but little did you know that macadamia oil is quite amazing for the body and hair as well. It's a natural emollient and moisturizer, so it's a great elixir to quench dry skin, increase silkiness in your hair, and heal damaged cuticles.
When purchasing macadamia oil, look for a high quality one that is cold-pressed and organic (available at health food stores like Whole Foods). To fully reap the benefits of macadamia oil, pour one cup of the oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 20-30 seconds. Let the oil cool to room temperature and massage a bit into your hair and scalp, cuticles, and on the dry spots on your skin.
To find out more about why macadamia oil is so great for your hair, Beautylish asked Michael Cain, director of education at Macadamia Natural Oil. He tells us that it's great for eliminating frizz and detangling (on all hair types). "The oil can also give hair a great shine and replenish moisture—which greatly benefits chemically-treated hair. It gives the hair more elasticity, which helps prevent breakage and split ends." One of Macadamia Natural Oil's best sellers is their Healing Oil Treatment. "I recommend that the oil be lightly applied from root to ends, and then combed through for an even distribution. It can be used on wet or dry hair. You'll see especially dramatic results when the oil is applied on wet hair that's then blow dried or flat ironed. The heat seals the cuticle, creating a smooth, sleek surface that locks in moisture and gives the hair incredible shine."