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What's So Special About Argan Oil?

Updated on December 29, 2012
The argan tree. Argan oil is extracted from the nuts of this tree's fruit.
The argan tree. Argan oil is extracted from the nuts of this tree's fruit. | Source

You've probably heard of argan oil. It's hard not to, given that more and more beauty and household products are advertising that they've got argan oil as one of their active ingredients. Your hairdresser has probably recommended at least once that you use argan oil for your hair. There is so much hype surrounding argan oil these days, with argan oil being touted as a miracle elixir guaranteed to restore your hair to its natural glory.

What's so special about argan oil anyway? Is there any fact behind the hype, and should you really use it on your hair?

Argan Oil and Its Benefits

Argan oil is extracted from the pressed kernels of the argan tree, a tree found only in Morocco. It is for this reason that argan oil is sometimes referred to as Moroccan oil. Argan oil has been used by Moroccan women for centuries as a beauty treatment and for cooking.

The argan tree grows only within a limited area in Morocco and bears fruit only after 30 years. Extracting argan oil can be an arduous process as well. The fruit has to be dried first before its nuts can be harvested. And then, the kernels from the cracked nuts have to be pressed to produce the oil. It's no wonder that pure argan oil is rare and oftentimes expensive.

Research has shown that argan oil is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, including Vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids. These antioxidants can repair the damage your individual hair strands have sustained due to oxidation as well as exposure to pollution and stress. In doing so, these antioxidants can arrest the aging process of your hair and give it a soft, youthful appearance.

The Vitamin E in argan oil, on the other hand, keeps your hair strands strong and elastic. When your hair is regularly nourished with Vitamin E, it becomes more resistant to breakage. Vitamin E also conditions the scales making up the cuticle layer of your hair to lie flat, thus making your hair look soft and shiny.

Lastly, the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in argan oil nourish the scalp and hair roots. When your scalp and roots are healthy, the more beautiful your hair is. These fatty acids enable your hair to absorb the other nutrients more readily as well as add luster to your individual strands.

Using Argan Oil

Clearly, there is real fact behind the hype surrounding argan oil. Argan oil is really good for the hair. It will nourish and condition your hair so your strands will become healthy, shiny and beautiful.

More and more hair care products are now claiming that they contain argan oil. It's now common to find shampoos, conditioners and hair sprays stating that they have argan oil among their active ingredients. If you're going to buy such products, though, you should make sure that they contain 100% argan oil, without any additives.

To get the most out of argan oil, you should try to buy a bottle of the pure extract itself. It's a bit pricy, but it's worth every penny. Besides, with argan oil, a little goes a long way. You only need a few drops of it to condition your hair, and the oil can stay fresh for 18 months at the most.

So, you only need a few drops of argan oil for conditioning your hair. Apply the oil directly to your hair and massage onto your scalp. And then, wrap a towel around your head or wear a shower cap and leave the oil on for at least 30 minutes. You can also leave the oil on overnight if you want. And then, wash it off with shampoo.

There is real fact behind the hype surrounding argan oil. Argan oil can nourish your hair, repair it and protect it from damage. Argan oil can truly bring out the glory in your hair.

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      Aga 

      5 years ago

      I've heard about Argan Oil before, but I didn't really know its benefits. Thank you! Voted up, interesting and useful!

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