Argan oil penetrates the hair pores and roots, thereby hydrating your tresses, promoting elasticity, increasing luster, and facilitating hair growth.
Moreover, this oil is particularly good for rough, curly hair as it reduces frizz, and makes your hair smooth and manageable.
Basically, argan oil is non-greasy oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids, powerful antioxidants, ferullic acid, sterols and carotenes.
It contains fatty acids such as palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and stearic acid. Plus, it has a high concentration of vitamin E.
The oil is similar to jojoba oil but packed with more protein and vitamins. Besides, it is less expensive than jojoba oil.
As the oil is not greasy, it is useful for oily scalp. In fact, it regulates sebum production and keeps it at a healthy level. In addition, it can be used to benefit dry scalp as well by leaving it on the scalp overnight.
Furthermore, argan oil is highly beneficial for those who use thermal tools on hair as it nourishes and repairs damaged hair.
Plus, when used on color treated hair, it helps preserve the color for longer. Plus, it is believed that this oil prevents hair loss and encourages re-growth of hair as it stimulates keratin production.
Argan oil is derived from the kernels of the argan fruit. It comes in food grade as well as cosmetic grade oil. The edible variety is produced from roasted argan nuts whereas the cosmetic-grade variety is obtained from the raw nuts of argan tree.
This tree (scientific name: Argania spinosa) is native to Southwestern Morocco. Argan oil is usually light golden in color and is often referred to as liquid gold. The oil may be mixed with certain fragrances to suppress its strong unpleasant odor.
This oil is often confused with Moroccan oil. The latter, however, is a branded product that includes more ingredients like Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Linum Usitatissimum seed extract, etc. along with argan oil.
Apart from these hair care benefits, argan oil is also good for skin as it softens and moisturizes the skin, heals acne, fades scars, avoids clogging of skin pores due to sebum, fights wrinkles, prevents aging, and cures skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Moreover, it strengthens the hair and nails.
How to Use Argan Oil on Hair
Most hair oils are applied as a part of the pre-poo regimen to deep condition the hair before shampooing. Argan oil, too, can be used in the same way, that is, massaging the oil in your hair and scalp, and leaving it for at least half an hour before washing. You may mix it with other hair oils as well.
As argan oil has a light, non-greasy texture, you can also apply a few drops of this oil after washing your hair (apply on damp hair) to maintain smooth, shiny locks and prevent flyaways.
Furthermore, it protects the hair from environmental pollution and ultraviolet rays as it eliminates free radicals.
You just need to use a small amount of the oil to derive its benefits. Besides, when dealing with dandruff and dry scalp, you can leave argan oil on your scalp overnight one to two times in a week.
In addition, you can add argan oil in your shampoo or conditioner. You can look for 100% pure argan oil or Moroccan argan oil at a health-food store or purchase it online.