Argan oil is among the newest stars of the cosmetics industry in the West and we’re not surprised. The oil extracted from the argan nut’s kernels is rich in Vitamins A and E, linoleic acid, and omega-3 essential fatty acids, as well as antioxidants.
Is Argan Oil Good For Hair
But to answer the question, “Is argan oil good for your hair?” the answer is a resounding “Yes!” The rich content of vitamins in it is part of its reason for being a great natural product for maintaining healthy hair.
The natural oil acts in two ways. First, it nourishes the hair with vitamins so that frizz, fly-aways, and split-ends can be reduced, if not removed, with regular applications. Second, it protects the strands of hair from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays, pollution, and chemicals in shampoos, conditioners, and dyes. It also provides the hair with protection against the heat from curlers, irons and blow dryers, which otherwise make the hair dry and brittle.
Here are the benefits that reinforce the idea that, indeed, argan oil should be part of your hair care routine.
Treat Dry or Damaged Scalp
Most people use store-bought shampoos and conditioners, which they then use on a daily basis. While these hair care products have their merits – these keep your hair clean and conditioned so it’s soft, shiny and bouncy – these also have their demerits. Due to their high chemical content, such as sulfates and parabens, these increase the risk of dry or damaged scalp, especially when improperly used.
The first signs are usually itchy scalp with reddish patches here and there, perhaps even with white patches signaling the onset of dandruff. Many people will then use anti-dandruff medications containing possibly harmful chemicals that, unfortunately, may worsen the scalp’s condition.
But with argan oil, dry or damaged scalp can be treated effectively. The essential fatty acids in it aid in the reduction of the inflammation (i.e., redness) and dryness that come with said skin condition. Since it doesn’t have the additives and preservatives in store-bought shampoos and conditioners, it can promote better scalp health.
- Place 5-6 drops of argan oil in your palm.
- Warm them up by rubbing them between your palms for a few seconds.
- Apply the warm oil into your scalp using your fingers to gently rub it into specific areas.
- Put on a shower cap or wrap a towel around your head overnight to allow the oil to seep into the scalp.
- Wash off the oil with water during your regular shower or bath in the morning.
Do this twice a week for good results.
Treat Dry or Damaged Hair, Too
Pure argan oil can be mixed with shampoos and conditioners so that these provide more moisture to the hair and scalp. But many long-time users also say that it is best used on its own, specifically by direct application to the strands of hair. This way, the argan oil’s efficacy can be maintained, while also reducing your use of these commercial products.
For the treatment of dry and brittle hair, argan oil should be used as an overnight leave-in deep conditioning treatment. Once or twice a week, you can do the following steps:
- Warm 5-10 drops of argan oil between your palms. The number of drops will depend on the texture and length of your hair, as well as on the extent of its damage. Use more argan oil obviously when your hair has more damage than usual.
- Work the warm oil through your hair from the roots to the tips. Due to the richness of pure argan oil, you don’t have to use more of it to cover most or all of your strands.
- Wear a shower cap and let your hair sit for a few hours, preferably overnight. The head cover allows body heat to further warm the oil in your hair and keeps the oil from your pillows.
- Wash your hair with tap water until all oil residues are removed. Avoid using lukewarm water since it can strip your scalp and hair of their natural oils, as well as reduce the efficacy of argan oil.
Even when you already have soft and smooth hair with a bouncy body, you should continue with the once-a-week argan oil treatment to maintain it. You can even save money on expensive hair care treatments because argan oil keeps it that way, too.
For fly-aways, frizz and split-ends, argan oil is best used as a leave-in conditioner during the day.
- After cleaning and drying your hair, apply a few drops of warmed-up argan oil on your hair.
- Focus more on the ends since frizz, fly-aways, and split-ends are common in the area.
- Leave it be and style your hair as you normally would. The oil will also protect your hair from the heat of hair care appliances.
Be careful about using too much argan oil as a daytime leave-in conditioner as you may not like too much shine. A little goes a long way here.
What can be easier than applying argan oil so that your damaged hair becomes healthy again? Even with a 4-ounce bottle, you can maintain the healthy appearance of your tresses for several weeks!