Argan oil is derived from the kernels of the rare and endangered Moroccan argan tree. The argan tree can withstand severe drought conditions and its deep root system helps protect it from soil erosion. The tree’s ability to persevere despite adverse conditions are a part of the reason why argan oil is so beneficial for hair. It contains vital nutrients and healing properties that strengthen hair and seal in moisture. When using argan oil for hair, there are some things to consider, particularly if you have fine or thin hair.
The Best Hair Type for Argan Oil
There are some hair oils that work better on certain hair types. For example, olive oil tends to be heavy and is typically not the best choice for those who have fine hair. Argan oil, however, is incredibly lightweight and suitable for all hair types. Those with curly hair will find that the oil is easily absorbed, even for those with low hair porosity. Those with straight, thick or coarse hair can also reap the benefits of this oil.
What are the Benefits of Argan Oil?
Argan oil has been used for centuries by Moroccan women for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. In particular, Moroccan women have used the oil to keep their hair moisturized and to prevent breakage. The oil also boasts a number of other benefits for hair. Let’s take a look at some of the oil’s most beneficial properties.
- Vitamin E repairs damaged hair and keeps the scalp healthy
- Lightweight and easily penetrates the hair shaft
- Add shine and eliminates frizz
- Moisturizes both the hair and scalp
- Antioxidants strengthen hair
How to Buy Argan Oil
Argan oil has been referred to as “liquid gold” by many women. Naturally, the hair care industry has jumped on the argan bandwagon and this oil can now be found in many hair care products on store shelves. However, consumers need to be aware that just because the product claims that it contains argan oil, it does not mean that the oil is pure. In fact, the oil is often combined with other ingredients that actually strip the scalp and hair of its natural oils.
As a general rule of thumb, look for products that contain pure argan oil. Organic products are often the best choice. This means that the kernels will be harvested without the use of harmful chemicals and all of its natural moisturizing properties will be left in place. Keep in mind that it can sometimes be difficult and expensive to purchase pure argan oil. A little goes a long way with this oil, so the extra cost is often well worth it.
How to Use Argan Oil
Argan oil for hair can be used in a variety of ways to add shine and hydrate dry, damaged hair.
- Apply argan oil directly to hair strands to eliminate frizz and seal in moisture throughout the day
- Add the oil to your favorite daily or deep conditioner to soften and smooth hair
- Use as a leave-in treatment overnight. Apply the oil directly to damp hair and leave on overnight.