It has been an obscure seed from Africa to the western world for thousands of years. Though it is endemic to the region of Morocco and has been used for everything from food to skincare, Americans seem to have been the last to know about it. Indeed, I was on a hunt for the best nighttime moisturizer as I entered my 30s, and I tripped upon argan oil accidentally in a beauty store. The sweet skincare specialist pointed me toward a $50 bottle that contained a 1-ounce bottle of argan oil that I could use on my face. She sold me on the wonders of this brand-new oil, a revelation in beauty products. And I bought it, hook, line, and sinker. I paid the money, and I put a small fingertip of argan oil on my face every single night after washing it. The result? I loved it! It made me feel luxurious. That small bottle lasted two months. And I went back and bought more when I ran out. Fortunately, demand has risen, prices have dropped, and there is so much still to learn in the west about argan oil. For example: what does argan oil do for your hair?
Table of Contents:
- Argan Oil History and Facts
- 5 Things Argan Oil Does for Your Hair
- Ways to Integrate Argan Oil into Your Beauty Routine
- Add Argan Oil to Your Beauty Shelf
Argan Oil History and Facts
The argan tree, native to Morocco, in North Africa, has provided the wood, beauty, and sustenance to the people there since at least as far back as 600 BCE. The argan seed that grows on the tree is pressed to make an oil for skincare and ground into a paste that is eaten with bread. For centuries, women have sat around in circles pounding these nuts to get the seed in the center, and then pressing and grinding the nuts for their purposes.
The greatest part of all? The nut sits inside of a fruit, and the fruit is typically eaten by tree-climbing goats. The goats then pass the nut through their bodies, and the nuts are extracted from goat dung. Amazing, right?
The western world only caught on to this long, laborious process once farmers began clearing argan trees to plan other, “more valuable,” fruit trees in the 20th century. Preservationists got involved, including UNESCO, and had the entire region where the argan trees are found under protection. Yay for us.
5 Things Argan Oil Does for Your Hair
Now that our precious oil is protected, we can revel in all of its uses. What does argan oil do for your hair? Here are 5 benefits.
Fat is good! I say that for more reasons than one. Fat is good for your body, and in this case, for your hair. The essential fatty acids in argan oil are responsible for high shine in your hair.
Those same fats, along with Vitamin E found in argan oil, offer moisture to your frayed and frizzy hair. More moisture equals more strength, too. Win/win.
Stronger hair also means protected hair. In addition to smoothing hair, Vitamin E builds on your hair’s elasticity. The more elastic your hair is, the less prone to breakage it will be. That same protection extends to damage that comes from the sun and free radicals in the environment.
4. Prevent Dandruff
The antioxidants found in argan oil are anti-inflammatory. Dandruff often comes from inflammation that causes itchiness and thus, flakes of skin on your scalp.
Argan oil penetrates your hair cuticle better than many other oils because its molecules are smaller than other oils. This fact means your hair will absorb the oil better, making it softer, and easier to brush or comb. Instant detangler!
Ways to Integrate Argan Oil into Your Beauty Routine
Seriously, integrate this oil into your beauty routine. Thanks to the preservation of these trees and the awareness of them now across the world, demand is up, and prices are down. There is no excuse not to have argan oil on your beauty shelf. North America is now dominating the argan oil market; we currently hold a 35% share!
In beauty alone, you can invest in a bottle for your skin and a bottle for your hair. For your face, apply a small amount each night before bed. For hair, you can wash and condition with argan oil products and then work the oil into your hair, from the scalp and roots out, a couple of times a week. Remember, you should not be washing your hair more than a few times a week. The same goes for the oil. Also, a little goes a long way with any oil, so be frugal with the spread. The right amount provides enormous benefits. Too much makes your hair look greasy and dirty. We do not want that.
Add Argan Oil to Your Beauty Shelf
Below you will find the links to the hair oil and shampoo and conditioner packs sold by WOW Skin Science. These products are all-natural, plant-based, and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about your investment.
This hair oil is a combination of multiple beneficial oils for your scalp and hair, making it a great addition to your shelf for hair that can use a little rejuvenation.
Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Pack
For extra support, invest in the shampoo and conditioner pack as well. This line is known for its restorative properties, building in a solid foundation of vitamins and nutrients.
Click the links and peruse the ingredients lists. You are sure to love what you find. Argan oil is a wonderful addition to all your shelves at home. Why not start here?
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