The Benefits Of Using Argan Oil On Hair
Anyone who has struggled with recurring hair issues such as dry hair, frizziness or dullness, has no doubt searched and tried many products looking for a solution. Several products claim to be the answer but fall short of being that one cure-all.
However, Argan Oil aka ‘liquid gold’, comes pretty close. It remains at the top of a long list with consistent and positive results. Read on to learn more about its origin, the benefits for fighting common hair dilemmas, and how to use it effectively.
What is Argan Oil?
Morocco's southwest region is known for its Argan trees that survive extreme environmental conditions, including drought, and live for up to 200 years. These trees produce the fruit responsible for ‘liquid gold’ - the nickname for Argan Oil.
This oil has earned the nickname due to its appearance and value, as we will see shortly. Pure Argan oil is golden in color and has a nutty fragrance. It is packed with many vitamins (A, C, E) and antioxidants that are essential to healthy skin, nails, body, and hair.
For centuries, it served the people of Morocco in multiple ways including cooking and in medicines used to treat heart conditions, skin disorders, and rheumatism. However, today the oil has gained fame and distinction, for its rich benefits in the beauty industry.
Argan Oil: Benefit for Hair & Usage
Moisturizes & Conditions Dry Hair
Argan oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to improve the condition of dry hair. These oils penetrate into the hair shaft and provide moisture, helping to keep hair soft, and manageable, with a beautiful shine.
Frizzy hair can happen as a result of humid weather, hair damage or even genetics. Using Argan oil after your regular shampoo will help to restore elasticity and shine to the hair. On top of minimizing frizz, it will also make your hair feel and look smoother and silkier.
There are many factors that contribute to ongoing hair growth and health: diet, heredity, vitamins, lifestyle, care, etc. Ideally, on average hair only grows approximately half an inch monthly, without any contributing debilitating health factors. Argan oil helps to naturally promote faster hair growth when applied directly to the hair and scalp. It contains phenols in the oil that help stimulate the production of cells that contributes to healthy hair growth. In addition to strengthening the hair follicles and repairing split ends, when utilized as a leave-in treatment, it will increase both the length of the hair and the thickness.
Another key benefit of Argan oil is the soothing relief on dry scalp that causes dandruff. In fact, Argan oil can be combined with other essential oils, such as Tea Tree oil, and applied as a mask to the scalp, for a natural, long-lasting dandruff treatment. The essential fatty acids and vitamins help to maintain hydration while moisturizing the scalp back to health.
Repairs Damaged Hair
Damaged hair, due to color treatment and heat styling, are major concerns for many people. Hair dye, which often contains ammonia or peroxide, is used to penetrate the hair in order to change the color. This process alters the chemical makeup of the hair cuticles, leaving it brittle and dry.
Adding heat styling tools to already weakened hair causes further damage to the roots. Using Argan oil will help to repair the damage and restore your hair back to pre-treatment condition. This is due to the high amounts of Vitamin A & E present in this oil. These essential vitamins are 2 of the most important nutrients for maintaining healthy hair.
By applying Argan oil before each style, you'll prevent hair from breaking off during the process.
How to Use Argan Oil
The best way to use Argan oil to achieve healthy hair is by applying it directly to the hair and/or scalp after washing. To avoid a greasy mess, you can cover with a shower cap to lock in the moisture.
You can also select products with high levels of Argan oil such as shampoos, leave-in and rinse-out conditioners, mists - the list goes on. For optimum results, using an Argan oil infused shampoo, followed by an Argan oil conditioner and styling aids will do the trick.
For a deep hydrating treatment for damaged or ‘thirsty’ hair, try this quick at-home recipe for an Argan oil hair mask:
Glow Beauty Supply offers a variety of Argan Oil products for hair: