Today Bond Girl Glam brings you a high-end versus drugstore product comparison. The focus will be on the two hair masks I’ve been trying side-by-side: the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque and the L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm.
Hair masks are an excellent and necessary addition to your haircare routine; they’re like supercharged conditioners. I will sometimes skip my conditioner for a hair mask treatment on my ends, because I find that my hair ends up a lot silkier in the same amount of time it would take to apply a conditioner. They’re especially useful in the drier winter months and for color-treated hair.
The Macadamia mask has been a long-time favorite of mine; the one pictured above is probably my fourth repurchase. It’s a cult-favorite among the Internet beauty world, and for good reason.
The L’Oreal mask is a newer purchase. I generally like L’Oreal as a drugstore brand, so I thought I’d give it a try for you girls. And at around $6-7, it’s a steal compared to the Macadamia. It claims to repair a year of damage in one use, so with a claim like that, I knew I had to see this for myself.
The Macadamia mask is the higher-end option at around $28-33. It’s also the slightly more natural option: a combination of macadamia oil and argon oil along with tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe and algae extracts rejuvenate and rebuild the hair, leaving the hair deeply nourished for improved elasticity and shine with long-lasting conditioning benefits. I tend to leave this one on for at least 7 minutes to fully get the conditioning properties. The Macadamia mask consistency is a bit creamier; it moves around within the container if set on one side.
The L’Oreal option is a steal at around $6-7. It’s specially formulated for damaged, over-processed and chemically-treated hair. This intense luxurious reconstructing balm instantly repairs split ends and weak, rough, dull, and dehydrated strands. I wouldn’t say my split ends are completely gone (only a fresh cut can truly fix that), but it leaves my hair silky smooth upon contact. The consistency of the L’Oreal mask is a bit thicker; it tends to stay put within the container.
I see lots of ingredient overlap in both masks; in fact, the first two ingredients are the same. Both leave my hair feeling silky and smelling divine. Both come in an 8.5 oz tub.
The Final Verdict:
I’d repurchase either in a heartbeat and will continue to alternate them! If there’s a tighter budget involved or you want to use it almost every time you wash your hair, get the L’Oreal. If you’re looking for a treat, try the Macadamia line.
Let me know if you’ve tried these or any other amazing hair masks below in the comments.
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