Using ingredients derived from Brazil’s pracaxi nut, the clinically proven Marajo Hair Care systems promise to deliver building blocks for restored, healthier hair that looks smooth, shiny, and voluptuous.
In fact, the website indicates that 97 percent of customers said their hair looked healthier and renewed after using the system, while 93 percent reported that their hair was less dry and frizzy and that it looked fuller and more rejuvenated.
According to the company, this occurs because Marajo’s ingredients remove oil and dirt, fight split ends and breakage, and restore body and bounce. They also claim that its pracaxi-derived extract contains reparative nutrients and lipids “that seal the cuticle for smooth, shiny healthy-looking” results, regardless of the type or length of your hair.
Despite this, we’re told the system is gentle enough to be used every day and still maintain great results.
These certainly sound like some great benefits. But with so many hair care systems on the market, is there really anything unique about Marajo’s pracaxi-based ingredients? When it comes down to it, will it deliver outstanding value for the money?
Let’s help you answer important questions like these by learning more about Marajo’s key ingredient.
What Is Pracaxi Oil & What Hair Benefits Can It Provide?
Pentaclethra macroloba is a large canopy tree native to wet tropical areas extending from southern Mexico to southern Brazil, which includes the Amazon rainforest. When pressed, the nuts of this tree produce a substance known as pracaxi oil that contains high levels of oleic (omega-9), linoleic (omega-6), and behenic (also known as docosanoic) acids.
In addition to pracaxi oil, other foods containing high levels of oleic acid include avocados, olive oil, and canola oil, while vegetable, safflower, sunflower, and corn oils feature meaningful doses of linoleic acid.
When applied externally to hair, NaturallyCurly reports that each of these fatty acids can work as conditioning agents to smooth the hair follicle, as well as to unblock scalp pores. Truth In Aging adds that behenic acid is also often used as a thickening agent and surfactant in hair care products, as well as in cosmetics.
With these basics in mind, how is pracaxi oil implemented into the Marajo Hair Care system?
Taking a Closer Look at Marajo Hair Care’s Product Lineup
Interviewed for a 2009 Newsweek article, Beautypedia.com author Paula Begoun emphasized that when it comes to hair care products like shampoo and conditioner, “Only the first five or six ingredients impact the formula’s effectiveness.”
As a result, we’ve listed the first six ingredients in each of the Marajo system’s products below:
Nourishing Cleansing Crème
Starting with water, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, PEG-4 rapeseedamide, acrylates copolymer, and glycol distearate, this Marajo formula promises to help wash away oil and impurities, refresh the scalp, and leave your hair fortified and “irresistibly soft, shiny, and full of bounce.” (Pentaclethra Macroloba seed oil is the 10th ingredient in this formulation.)
These constitute surfactants (sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine) that break the bonds between solids and liquids, a fatty acid (PEG-4 rapeseedamide), an adhesive (acrylates copolymer), and an emollient (glycol distearate).
To use, you’ll massage the Crème into wet hair, lather and rinse thoroughly, and then follow with the next product in the lineup.
Deep Treatment Butter
If your hair is dry or damaged, this Marajo product claims to help repair it and leave you with smoother, shinier, silkier results, primarily using water, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, and bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane.
Pentaclethra Macroloba seed oil (behenic acid/aminopropanediol amides/esters) is the 18th ingredient listed.
These first ingredients primarily constitute fatty alcohols that act as stabilizers and thickeners (cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol), as well as conditioning agents (behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane).
To apply, dispense about a quarter size amount, distribute evenly through hair, leave in place for two to three minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
3-n-1 Finishing Spray
With denatured alcohol, water, VP/Vinyl Caprolactam/DMAPA acrylates copolymer, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba seed oil isostearyl esters, and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed extract as the first six ingredients, Finishing Spray can be used for multiple purposes. Just apply for “touchably soft, smooth, voluptuous hair.”
Here, we have cleansers (denatured alcohol, water), a fixative (VP/Vinyl Caprolactam/DMAPA acrylates copolymer), and an emulsifier (PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil).
These ingredients are sprayed onto wet or dry hair (you can apply to the roots for extra lift) before blow-drying.
Blow Out Styling Creme
According to the Marajo website, this leave-in conditioning treatment delivers nourishment and hydration using a formula that contains water, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, propanediol, Orbignya Speciosa kernel oil, and tocopheryl acetate as its core ingredients. Pentaclethra Macroloba seed oil is the 12th ingredient.
From a functional perspective, these consist of conditioners (cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, Orbignya Speciosa oil, tocopheryl acetate) and a solvent (propanediol).
After applying this Crème to wet hair, you’ll allow it to dry, whether using the air or a blow dryer. If necessary, it can be reapplied to dry hair throughout the day.
Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum
As the name implies, Marajo tells us that this treatment addresses frizz, dullness, and damaged ends using isohexadecane, dimethicone, dimethiconol, shea butter ethyl esters, phenyl trimethicone, and dimethicone/mercaptopropyl methicone copolymer.
This formula only contains a total of eight ingredients, none of which include Pentaclethra Macroloba seed oil.
The first six involve an emollient (isohexadecane), along with several conditioning agents (dimethicone, dimethiconol, shea butter ethyl esters, phenyl trimethicone, and dimethicone/mercaptopropyl methicone copolymer).
After twisting or snipping the capsules neck to open, you’ll empty the entire contents into your palms, rub together, and then evenly distribute through your hair. Finally, you’ll use a blow dryer and a brush to style.
How Much Does Marajo Hair Care Cost?
What you pay for Marajo’s products largely depends on where you purchase them.
For example, through TryMarajo.com, you’ll have the following options:
- Essentials Kit – Nourishing Cleansing Crème (8.5oz), Deep Treatment Butter (5.3oz), and Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum (10 capsules): $29.95, plus $5.99 S&H
- Deluxe Kit – Includes everything above, in addition to 3-n-1 Finishing Spray (1.7oz) and Blow Out Styling Cream (2oz): $39.95, plus $5.99 S&H
Then, one month after your first order is shipped, you’ll receive a three-month supply of the Marajo Hair Care system and will be charged $89.85, plus $8.97 S&H for the Essentials Kit, or $119.85, plus $11.97 S&H for the Deluxe Kit. Until you call to cancel, you'll continue receiving a new shipment every three months, and your credit card on file will be charged accordingly.
In addition to these offers, customers can purchase the Essentials Kit directly through the Marajo.com website for $44, without a subscription commitment. Individual products were priced at:
- Nourishing Cleansing Crème: $29 for one month; $69 for three months
- Deep Treatment Butter: $29 for one month; $69 for three months
- 3-n-1 Finishing Spray: $18 for one month; $29 for three months
- Blow Our Styling Crème: $18 for one month; $36 for three months
- Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum: $18
Whether through their special TV offer site or their main one, Marajo offers a 30-day money back guarantee on all their hair care products, less S&H charges. In order to request one (or to cancel/change your autoship enrollment), customer support can be reached at (888) 922-7331 or 888-525-6606.
Most of Marajo’s products are also sold individually through Sephora:
- Nourishing Cleansing Crème: $29
- Deep Treatment Butter: $29
- 3-n-1 Finishing Spray: $29
- Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum: $38
QVC sells a system that contains the Nourishing Cleansing Crème, Deep Treatment Butter, and Blow Out Styling Crème for $49, plus $3 S&H.
What Can We Learn From Online Marajo Hair Care Customer Reviews?
Speaking of QVC, seven customers had provided their feedback about Marajo’s system on their website at the time of our research, giving it an average rating of five stars. There, common compliments referenced effective results, such as improved shine and texture, all-day hold, and boosted bounce and manageability.
Three Sephora customers gave Marajo’s Nourishing Cleansing Crème, Deep Treatment Butter, and Nourish, Refresh, and Restore system five-star ratings, with many of the same compliments.
From a company perspective, the hair care system is manufactured by Guthy-Renker, an El Segundo, CA-based company that specializes in ultra-popular direct-to-consumer beauty and skincare products like Meaningful Beauty, Crepe Erase, Perricone MD, and WEN Hair Care (to name just a few).
They held an A+ Better Business Bureau rating as of 9/27/17, based on more than 1,100 closed complaints. Most of these appeared to revolve around difficulties related to recurring shipments (higher order totals than expected, packages not received, etc.). In each instance, a company rep responded to resolve the situation.
Are There Other Pracaxi Oil-Based Hair Care Systems?
Searching marketplaces like Google Shopping and Amazon, we encountered dozens of related products; everything from pure pracaxi oil sourced from small companies to finding the ingredient included as part of a larger formulation that’s manufactured by corporate giants like Redken.
Price-wise, you could pay anywhere from less than $10 to more than $50, putting Marajo’s individual products and systems somewhere near the middle. Does this necessarily mean they’re your best option?
When picking the right products, Allure’s Jenna Rosenstein recommends that you start with your hair type. For example, fine (or thin), straight hair might look best after using a thickening shampoo and conditioner, but can easily become weighed down by fatty oils.
On the other hand, those with thick, straight hair might be able to pull off just about any style with nothing more than a few drops of oil and a small dollop of styling cream, while those with curly hair might need maximum conditioning in order to keep frizz in check.
In other words, if you’re at all in doubt, start by speaking with a beauty professional about which formulations might suit your hair type best. Then, once you’ve narrowed down your options, look at factors like:
- Do these products or systems come with competitive prices?
- What are online customers saying about the company and their products? Is most feedback positive? Are there any common complaints?
- Does the company offer a money back guarantee? Are there any associated restocking fees?
- Are there free trials or autoship programs involved? If so, are customers reporting that they’re easy to cancel?
Our Final Thoughts About Marajo Hair Care
Taking everything we’ve learned into consideration, it seems there’s a lot to like about Marajo’s products.
They’re competitively priced (even more so when purchased as part of a kit), they come from a global company with nearly 30 years in business, you’ll have 30 days to return them if you’re not satisfied, and the ingredient frequently emphasized on their site—pracaxi oil—contains fatty acids like oleic, linoleic, and behenic acid that we learned can help condition the hair and scalp.
As consumers ourselves, it’s important to balance these benefits with the fact that, according to Beautypedia’s author Paula Begoun earlier, only the first five to six ingredients in any hair care products are found in sufficient quantities to impact its performance.
Therefore, applying this guideline to Marajo, only their 3-n-1 Finishing Spray contains Pentaclethra Macroloba (pracaxi) seed oil in high enough concentrations to potentially have a measurable effect on the conditioning of your hair or scalp.