With so many wash day posts from me lately it has been a minute since I’ve done an actual product review. And when I was contacted about reviewing NuNAAT Beauty’s new hair products featuring Brazilian Patauá Oil (pronounced pa-ta-wah) line, I happily accepted. I tested out their new line this past weekend so these are my first impressions of NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil products.
What is Patauá Oil?
I had never heard of it so I looked it up. And Patauá Oil is one of those few oils that can penetrate the hair shaft (i.e. olive oil and coconut oil) and it is touted for being able to strengthen the hair follicle and preventing dryness. It is contains oleic acid (Omega-9), vitamin E, vitamin A and amino proteins, which makes it a good oil for those suffering from dry scalp. (You can read more: here and here). With this background information I was ready to give this new line a try.
I detangled my hair with Aloe Vera Juice as I normally do, but I skipped the Wheat Germ Oil pre-poo because I wanted to use exclusively this line to so that I could properly assess them and see what kind of results I would get. With my hair detangled and into four sections, it was time to get into this wash day.
NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Revitalizing Sulfate-Free Shampoo
First up was the NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Revitalizing Sulfate-Free Shampoo. It is a sulfate-free shampoo that promises to remove product build up and hydrate your hair (you can also use it to neutralize after relaxing). Now, you know I’ve been diving deeper into the sulfate-free world and I was curious to see how this shampoo would perform compared to the other sulfate-free shampoos that I’ve used.
First thing I did for some odd reason was smell it and it smelled great. Then I applied the shampoo, which is clear, to my scalp and started to massage my scalp. The next thing I noticed was that it lathers well, which was a nice bonus, since a lot of sulfate-free shampoos don’t do that. And the third thing I noticed was this shampoo removed all my buildup — all of it. My hair was squeaky clean similar in the way that you would expect your hair to feel after clarifying with a sulfate shampoo, which I was not expecting. But in retrospect given that it’s also a neutralizing shampoo, I should have been tipped off that it was going to give a deep clean. Also, if you look at the ingredients list it contains disodium EDTA, which is a chelating ingredient. For my hair type (fine and prone to dryness) I would not use this every week — more like every 4 to 6 weeks if I needed to clarify and chelate. But if you have oily hair or work out heavily, then you can get away with using this more often.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MIPA, PEG/PPG-120/10 Trimethylolpropane Trioleate, Laureate-2, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Dicocodumonium Chloride, Parfum, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Oenocarpus Bataua Fruit Oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Hydrating Plus Moisturizing Conditioner
With my hair squeaky clean, I was ready to condition. The NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Hydrating Plus Moisturizing Conditioner contains silicones, which I’m not afraid of (in fact I like my conditioners to have silicones when I plan to use heat on my hair). This conditioner promises to help you detangle your hair and add moisture. Also the Brazilian oils and silicones are there to add a layer of protection around your hair strands leaving it fortified with added volume and shine.
As soon as I started to apply the conditioner to my hair, I could feel my hair coming back to life, which was a welcomed feeling. And there was definitely slip that allowed me to run my fingers through my hair. The product directs that it I only leave it on my hair for 2 minutes before rinsing, but I left in on for 30 minutes (old habits die hard). After rinsing the conditioner, my hair felt like it’s normal moisturized and elastic self (Yay!). Next it was time to style my hair.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Ceteaaryl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxypropil Starch Phosphate, Paraffinium Liquidum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Miristate, Biscetearyl, Amodimethicone, Parfum, Ceteareth-20, Oenocarpus Bataua Fruit Oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Methychloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Cuticle Protect Wrap Setting Mousse
For this wash day, I opted for a roller set. Leading up to this point, I kept going back and forth on whether I should use a leave-in treatment in addition to the NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Cuticle Protect Wrap Setting Mousse. I always use a leave-in treatment in addition to my styling products, but after watching a few youtube videos of ladies who roller set their hair with just a setting mousse, I went for it. Plus using just this NuNAAT mousse would help to focus my assessment of how this product actually performs on my hair. The setting mousse promises to help you create a sleek look or define your curls depending on the styling technique you choose. It is ideal if you are going to do low manipulation styles like, flat twist, roller set, flexi rod set, etc. And it’s also recommended that you use the warm heat of a hooded dryer to set your hair.
Armed with that information I started to set my hair on magnetic rollers using this setting mousse. I was heavy handed with the product on the first section and quickly realized that the product was sticky, which made my fingers sticky. It didn’t stop me from getting through the set, but it was annoying. To deal with that I just washed my hands as needed to get rid of the stickiness. The second thing I noticed was that it has a good amount of slip which was helpful for smoothing my hair onto the rollers. Once I was done setting my hair, I sat under the hooded dryer for about an hour and to my surprise my hair was dry. Upon removing the rollers, I could tell that stickiness was what gave the product hold. My curls were well defined (especially on my ends where I focused the mousse) as you can see in my pictures and video below. I massaged and combed my hair at the roots with my fingers but left the curls on the ends undisturbed so that I wouldn’t mess up the hold. Because my new growth is coming in strong (and I didn’t feel like flat ironing them) I pinned the front sections of my hair back.
INGREDIENTS: Water, PVP, Cocoamidopropylbetaine, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Limonene, Oenocarpus Bataua Fruit Oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional,, Methylisothiazoinone, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin.
This is a good product line that is hydrating and strengthening. I’m thinking the amino proteins that are naturally occurring in the oils are what give the product its strengthening qualities. The NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Revitalizing Sulfate-Free Shampoo is a good option for chelating your hair, but I wouldn’t use it every single week if your hair is relaxed and/or fine. The NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Hydrating Plus Moisturizing Conditioner was definitely my favorite product out of the three products that I tried. It has nice slip, gave my hair elasticity and it moisturized my hair. Plus despite stating that it should be in the hair for only 2 minutes, it is a deep conditioner that can be left on for longer and/or used with heat to give your hair a conditioning boost (It contains Cetrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone and Behentrimonium Chloride, which are three common ingredients found in deep conditioners). The NuNAAT Brazilian Patauá Oil Cuticle Protect Wrap Setting Mousse was a new type of product for me as I don’t usually use a setting mousse for my roller sets. It did give me great hold and my drying time was nice and neat at about an 1 hour. But the next time I use this mousse I’ll be sure to use it in conjunction with a moisturizing leave-in treatment. All three products together gave my hair a slight shift towards the protein side and a moisturizing leave-in treatment would have made all the difference. I left my hair alone that day, but the day after this set, I applied a moisturizer to re-establish my protein-moisture balance. Next time I won’t be skipping the leave-in treatment because my hair needed a tad bit more moisture before I was out the door.
If want to see how these products performed on my hair that day, check out the accompanying video of how this wash day with NuNAAT went:
I’m looking forward to seeing how these products work with the other hair products in my hair care stash. I plan on using some of these products again with my next wash day too, so let me know if you want to see those results as well.
Have you tried any NuNAAT products? Which ones and what were your thoughts?
*I received these products in exchange for a review.