Argan oil comes from the fruit of the native Argan tree in Morocco. The fruit is so nutritious that goats climb the trees just to eat them. Inside of that fruit is the little nut from which Argan oil is produced. For centuries, dating back at least as far as 600 BC, the Phoenicians relied upon this oil for healing as well as for enhancing beauty.
What makes the oil so beneficial, is that it’s rich with vitamins A, C and E, as well as being loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. When applied externally, it can help boost cell production which results in healthier skin and hair – that’s why you may have noticed that among the list of ingredients in high-end beauty products, Argan oil is often included.
The natural properties of Argan oil are a tremendous boon for a scalp plagued by dandruff and irritation. Argan oil is a great moisturizer and rich in natural phenols as well as extraordinarily high in vitamin E and antioxidants that are beneficial to hair follicles. Not only does it promote new hair growth, but also will help you grow healthy, thick looking hair.
Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. For those with curls, Argan oil can help with manageability, and help define those curls for a more beautiful look. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.
Due to its ability to tame frizz and give hair shine, argan oil is also commonly used as a styling agent. It makes hair more manageable and adds a health, attractive shine to any hair-style. Unlike many styling agents which can cause long term damage to hair due to the many chemicals contained within, Argan oil enriches the hair, nourishing it with nutrients and repairing damage.
Pure argan oil can be used as an amazingly effective, chemical-free leave-in conditioner. Rub the oil thoroughly between your palms and then comb your hands and fingers thoroughly your hair. Argan oil is also recommended for protecting hair when applying heat and protecting from the heat damage of blow dryers and flat irons.
Argan oil can be used as a very effective overnight deep conditioning treatment. If your hair is dry and brittle, once a week, treat it with the oil by warming 6 to 8 drops in your hands before massaging it into your scalp.
Chemicals used in swimming pools, as well as salty sea water, can have a devastating effect on your hair, leaving it dry and dull. Protect your hair from chlorine and salt by soaking it in water from the roots to the tip, and then applying a few drops of the oil, again, working it through from the roots to the tips to lock in moisture and act as a barrier. Repeat the procedure every time you go back in the water.
Argan oil is an excellent oil for stopping hair loss and even helping to promote new growth by treating the scalp three times a week. Argan oil helps prevent hair loss by ensuring that you don’t lose more follicles than you’re able to grow – when that happens, hair loss becomes noticeable. Multiple studies on the oil’s effect on hair re-growth have found that it can stimulate the scalp due to its rich nutrient content to produce more hair.