Argan oil is oil extracted from kernels of Argan tree. The tree is endemic to Morocco, hence sometimes called “Moroccan oil“. The oil is expensive due to its rarity. But trust me, argan oil is a confident buy and it is worth every penny you invest in it. Their amazing properties makes ideal argan oil for hair.
It is found with many nutritive and beauty properties. Argan oil has immense moisturizing properties and it is filled with antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins, which is essential for hair growth. For this reason, argan oil is found in most of the shampoos, conditioner and hair oils today.
Composition of Argan Oil:
Argan oil contains vitamin E, phytosterols, polyphenols, ferulic acid, carotenoids, squalene and fatty acids. The composition of essential fatty acids include:
- 44% Oleic acid
- 30% Alpha-linolenic acid
- 12% Palmitic acid
- 6% Stearidonic acid
- 5% Linoleic acid
- 3% Myristic acid
Benefits of Argan oil for hair
1. Hair Growth
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. It is highly beneficial to maintain a healthy and beautiful hair. It penetrates hair follicles as well as hair shaft and deeply nourishes and stimulates a good blood circulation in scalp. Thus allowing the hair function to its cycle well allowing hair grow faster and thicker.
2. Treats Damaged Hair
Hair often gets damaged due to heat, coloring agents or pollution. If you have got chemically treated or colored hair, then go get yourself an argan oil right away. The omega fatty acids in argan oil are vital nutrients for hair. These nutrients helps to treat and recovers damaged hair. It nourishes the total strength of new hairs and it doesn’t enter the hair pores. It adds elasticity to hair and strengthens the hair ensuring the glow from roots to ends.
3. Scalp Problems
Argan Oil is a powerful in resolving problems related both dry and oily scalp. It helps to prevent inflammation that can lead to dandruff, itchiness, irritation and other scalp conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. It penetrates easily into hair shaft and repairs the hair scalp.
4. Heat Protector
After washing the hair, apply a few drops of argan oil to your palms and massage in to the ends of your hair avoiding the scalp. After the majority of the oil has been applied to the end of your hair, apply the remainder to the hair closer to the roots. The argan oil will coat the cuticles of your hair and protect it from the heat generated by styling tools
5. Hair Styling
Many styling agents can cause long term damage to hair due to the chemicals. This is the reason why many salons use an argan oil treatment before or after styling hair treatments. Argan oil is used to natural healthy shine and adds elasticity to hair. A few drops is enough to style your entire hair length. This oil helps to manage hair and lasts longer.
6. Curl Enhancer
Being a great styling agent, it also helps to enhance your hair texture. Use a mixture of argan oil and aloe vera gel in a ratio 1:1 to damp hair in a crunching motion. This way it not only nourishes the hair, it adds shine but also styles and enhance the curls and waves of hair.
7. Hair Serum
Argan oil reestablishes a beautiful shine in dull hair. It helps restoring smoothness, stops the tangles and eliminates the roughness. Apply argan oil to the length of the hair everyday as a hair serum. It also helps to tame flyovers whenever necessary. It also gives a soft and a silky hair.
8. Overnight Treatment
Massage it into your scalp, hair and tips and then wrap your hair up in a towel to prevent it from staining your pillow. Leave the treatment in overnight and then wash the argan oil out the next morning with your regular shampoo. Using it regularly, makes hair look lustrous and healthy. Plus, your hair doesn’t have to get damaged by any chemical conditioning masks.
9. Pre-Conditioning Mask
You will need apple cider vinegar, argan oil, raw honey, avocado and an egg. Avocado oil helps to soothe the scalp and promotes long and healthy hair growth. Honey has vitamins and minerals which are necessary for hair. Apple cider vinegar has a balanced pH level. Blend all together and apply as pre-conditioning mask. This mask is nutrient rich and leaves hair soft.
10. Oil Massage
A good oil massage helps hair to relax and reduce stress. The warmth helps opens up the blood vessels and hence eases the blood flow. Due to the amazing hair benefits of argan, it makes it perfect for a hot oil massage. It can be massaged by itself or diluted with a carrier oil.
If you have unhealthy hair, then try this treatment to give your hair a boost to recover. Take a cup of equal amounts of almond oil and argan oil. Almond oil nourishes and strengthens your hair. Mildly heat the mixture. Do not over heat as it may let its nutrients steam away with the heat. Use the cotton ball technique to apply the oil through out the scalp. Cover with shower cap or a towel to lock in the oils. Allow it to sit for an hour and wash it with mild shampoo and warm water.