Let me introduce you to Marula oil - an ancient moisturising oil which has been used by women in South Africa and Mozambique for absolute ages. The oil is extracted from the nuts of the Marula tree and has been traditionally used in cosmetics (amongst many other things like preserving meat, and also in cooking) - the oil is cold pressed to preserve its exceptional quality and nutrients.
I didn't know much about Marula oil - in fact, I didn't know anything about it at all, until a gorgeous set of hair care essentials landed in my hands. Paul Mitchell Rare Oil hair care contains the purest oil of high quality, with 50% more protective antioxidants than Argan oil (according to Paul Mitchells website). The high concentration of nutrients and oleic acids help hydrate, repair and moisturise hair at the deepest levels - which sounds incredible for damaged or dry hair.
The products promise 80% reduced split ends, and 80% improved condition hair - when used as a combination of Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Intensive Masque, as compared to untreated hair. As an added bonus, and 80% more shine when using Rare Oil Treatment or Rare Oil Treatment Light, as compared to untreated hair.
Paul Mitchell Marula Oil uses time-release technology to help nourish and hydrate hair throughout the day - other oils wouldwash away, Marulaspheres bond to hair like a magnet, to deliver fresh bursts of marula oil "every time you touch, style or brush your hair". I was mega excited to give this a go as I recently had my hair lightened and I want to keep split ends at bay, as well as dryness and dullness.
So what did I think of the Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner after using it for a month?
The products smell delicious - very sweet yet earthy. I used the whole range which includes shampoo, conditioner, hair masque and oils. I was expecting my hair to feel hydrated, soothed and nourished - which it most definitely did. However after about 2 weeks of using the products, I realised that my hair was becoming quite heavy and greasy... Even after a blow dry and style, it still felt like I hadn't washed my hair in a couple of days. I don't know whether I over did it on the shampoo/conditioner, but I was putting in the same amount as I do with every other shampoo.
Because I like my hair to feel light and fluffy, I ended up switching shampoos and only use this Marula Oil range when my hair is in need of serious TLC - I also use a little bit of the oil on the tips of my hair before blow drying as it does keep split ends at bay.
Overall, I would recommend this range for someone who has seriously damaged and dry hair, but for me it was just too much of a good thing. I will be posting a review on the masque and hair oils later on my blog, as I have different opinions on them to the shampoo and conditioner - so keep an eye out!