Heated tools; formaldehyde-filled keratin treatments; the change in weather — the list of things that are damaging your hair can go on and on. Sure, hair masks and serums may help repair your hair’s lackluster appearance, but there’s truly no way to turn back time to have ultra-strong, luscious virgin locks again — or is there?
Argan Oil: Your New Hair Care Godsend
In times of crisis, we reach for argan oil. There’s been some heavy debate on the power (or lack of) in “all natural” beauty ingredients, but the rejuvenating strength of this botanical derivative is undeniable. According to Oribe Hair Care Stylist Adam Livermore, this oil is packed with essential nutrients to bring your hair back from the dead (I mean, it’s already dead, but you catch my drift).
“Argan Oil has a cultural heritage of culinary uses in the Middle East because it’s healthy,” Livermore said. “It has lots of essential fatty acids and vitamin E.”
Sure, fatty acids and vitamin E are green flag terms, but do any of us actually know what they’re doing to make our hair healthy? Celebrity hair stylist Andrew Fitzsimons broke it down for us:
“Fatty acids and vitamin E are known to be excellent for conditioning dry hair,” Fitzsimons says. “Additionally, Vitamin E is known for its rich antioxidant activity that helps neutralize the free radicals that cause damage to your scalp and hair. Vitamin E helps keep your follicles free from damage while helping to prevent splitting and breakage.”
“As a styling product, argan oil provides excellent shine to the strands and has major anti-frizz benefits,” Fitzsimons further explained. “For curly girls, it can be used to help really define the curls. Argan oil also helps make the hair softer and more manageable.”
But the benefits of argan oil don’t stop there: according to Thom Priano, Celebrity Men’s Stylist and Co-Founder of R+Co, the nutrients in argan oil are also great for those of you with some scalp issues: “[Argan oil] helps prevent inflammation,” Priano says. “Argan oil is rich in natural phenols that are beneficial to hair follicle – not only does it promote new hair growth, but it will help you grow healthy, thick looking hair.”
Softer hair, cleaner scalp, and no split ends? That’s a deal that we’re ready to give a try. Below, check out some of our expert stylists’ (plus a few of our own) favorite argan oil-infused hair care products.
Livermore says that this hydrating hair oil contains a plethora of staple hair care ingredients to keep your hair happy and healthy.
“Shea Butter, which is rich in Vitamin F, and Argan Oil, which is loaded with Vitamin E and Omega 3, 6, and 9, will work wonders on dry, damaged and color-treated hair,” he says.
Curlier hair types know the struggle of untamed edges and baby hairs. But, thanks to this top pick from Fitzsimons, you can whip those teeny hairs into shape with this ultra-hold hair gel.
“I’m obsessed with this edge crème,” says Fitzsimons. “It has amazing hold for even the most stubborn edges, is totally flake-free and the argan oil provides so many nourishing benefits to the hair, so I feel good about using it on my clients.”
If you have dry, brittle hair, then the first step to hydrating rehab is your conditioner. Try out this pick from Priano: it contains frizz-controlling argan oil and purifying rosemary and witch hazel to keep your locks clean, without over-stripping your natural oils. Bonus: it also has the delightful scents of cedarwood, bergamot, and wild fig.
“I have a few clients who prefer when I use cruelty-free products, so I’ve been testing this newer hair oil infused with argan stem cells (in addition to argan oil), which is so futuristic and cool,” says Fitzsimons. “This is a really great oil and totally smoothes out frizz and adds amazing shine.”
When your hair feels thirsty AF, it’s time to pull out the heavy itinerary: hair balms. This balm is perfect for parched tresses: it contains a fusion of shea butter, argan, and coconut oils to give your hair some intense hydration. But here’s the most impressive part: it’s extremely lightweight and won’t leave your strands coated in a gross, greasy feel.
Sure, there are tons of frizz-fighting hair products out there, but how many of them also battle the dreaded wintertime static? This hair tamer is a necessity to any person who’s prone to annoying static, as it contains argan oil, an added boost of vitamin E, and a moisture-sealing polymer for the ultimate hair maintenance. It’s one of Priano’s go-to products for keeping hair cool, calm, and collected.
If you’re an extra kind of person, when this pricey elixir is your next hair care essential. Not only is it covered in Swarovski crystals for the perfect #shelfie aesthetic, but it’s also one of the most impressive hair oil formulas on the market. It contains a careful blend of argan oil, jojoba oil, ginger root, and coffee extract to give your hair the luster and shine you’ve always known it was capable of. The results: stronger, nourished, hair with the ultimate shine. You can use daily as a part of your styling routine, or apply it to dry hair occasionally as an intensive treatment.
Ever wondered how every single model tends to have hair that’s glossier than the pages of a magazine? Other than their 24/7 glam squad, they keep their hair in tact with a smoothing serum, like Priano’s favorite one from R+Co. This argan-infused serum softens locks while moisturizing them with jojoba oil, topping off your hair from roots to end with a radiant sheen à la vitamin E.