Organic this, ultra-healing that— I’d love to say the world of “natural oils,” i.e., argan oil, coconut oil, chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil… need I go on?… at first sounded like a eureka moment: “What have I been doing all my life?!” Coming from a deep-rooted Caribbean background, these oils and many times home remedies, have been incorporated into my daily psyche. It was almost second nature having a spoon of fish oil to rid my body of all the excess waste (if you know what I mean) or sitting in the hair salon chair while my stylist massaged a tea tree oil deep-conditioning treatment into my scalp to aid with hair growth and breakage as a young girl.
Natural oils have been deemed beneficial for centuries, from cosmetic and beauty influences to culinary contributions. Today, through the influx of the digital-age, natural oils such as argan oil, or “liquid gold,” are referenced to have hair, skin and healing properties, and therefore have become a bathroom cabinet staple in recent years.
Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree native to Morocco. The argan fruit is first dried in the open air, and the fleshy pulp is removed. The pulp yields from 30% to 50% of the oil, depending on the extraction method—which can also be conducted through the bowels of a goat, but let’s not get into that. Argan oil, in the cosmetic sense, is produced in an identical manner where the kernels aren’t roasted to avoid an excessively nutty scent that can be a bit off-putting to the consumer in comparison to the culinary sense, where that scent is validated.
Formalities set aside, argan oil is rich in essential vitamins with its continents including fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. The unique oil profile results in nourishing and hydrating properties becoming a phenomenon that has dominated the beauty circuit as the “secret of the ages,” incorporated into women’s daily beauty regimens.
The Benefits and Application of Argan Oil for Hair:
Argan oil has many beneficial traits including hair conditioning, protection from frizz and breakage, and prevention of inflammation that can range from irritations such as dandruff, scalp sores, itchiness, and reduced odor. The properties of argan oil have been broken down into three categories to pinpoint which benefits best suits your needs for changing the way in which you view your haircare routine:
Conditioning, Moisturizing & Nourishing
The high volume of vitamin E and fatty acid content found in argan oil results in hydrating and softening hair easily absorbed in a non-greasy and non-irritating formula that is moisturizing and conditioning to the scalp. The best form of application is when the hair is dry applying a thick layer of argan oil and combing in the product from root to tip. The application of argan oil before washing of the hair will ensure maximum volume, where the shampoo will remove any weight of the oil without stripping away any of its benefits.
Protecting & Healing
The transformative power of argan oil can rid the scalp of plagued dandruff and irritation as natural phenols act as a barrier for hair follicles. After several applications and a bit of TLC (tender, love, and care) the use of argan oil can promote hair growth, increase thickness, and prevent breakage such as brittle split ends and hair fall out through the use of Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids that can fortify hair bonds. The best use of argan oil in a protective and healing sense can be found within hair masks, hair milk or deep conditioning treatments that incorporate the miracle oil.
Sleek & Shine Styling
Aside from the inner workings of argan oil, it can also assist in the outer appearance of one’s hair and who would argue wanting a well-coiffed head of hair when entering a room. Give your hair a natural boost, uplifting appearance, and much need elasticity as argan oil can be used as a styling pro tip resulting in nourished, glossy and enriched hair. The best form of application is through dry shampoos, hair mists, and hair sprays when putting the finishing touch to any hairstyle. Spray the product a few inches from the base of your scalp and gently massage and equally distribute the argan oil-infused product throughout the head.
How To Add Argan Oil To Your Hair Care:
It’s no secret natural oils are best used in its purest form to ensure optimum benefits, but argan oils over the years have gone through a transformative period. The favored oil is incorporated into a plethora of beauty products and hacks to assist everyone from the most novice of users to the top beauty enthusiasts we all vicariously wish to be:
Revitalize & Rejuvenate
Good hair is depicted by the three H’s: Healthy, Happy, and Hydrated. Many times we reap what we sow when neglecting the state of our hair when it needs us most. You can never alleviate a problem without taking the first step, in this case, a hair mask is your ticket to greatness. Drybar’s Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask restores and revitalizes overworked hair preventing further damage, increasing moisture, conditioning, and long-lasting shine.
Rinse and Repeat
There’s nothing quite like a good conditioner leaving your hair feeling as light as a feather. It’s the perfect finale when completing the laundry list known as your weekly beauty regime. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk Repair Conditioner is no exception to the fact infusing hair with argan oil’s nourishing qualities results in a smooth, soft to the touch, and rejuvenating finish.
To quote Mr. Bruno Mars, argan oil in its natural state is nothing short of “24K Magic.” A few drops of Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil will leave your hair with an ora of silky sheen goodness like none other.
Mesmerize & Moisturize
Aside from argan oil in its purest form, a formulated hair balm is a great post-shower option to fortify your locks. The IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm will give your locks the boost of moisture they’ve been parched over. This balm melts instantly into your strands, coating them with hydrating argan, coconut oil, and shea butter for smoother, softer locks.
Say it, Don’t Spray It!
Washing your hair on a daily or even weekly basis is not an option for many, so what’s one to do in between the next wash? The Hask Dry Shampoo diminishes that oily hair syndrome giving your hair the extra touch up it desperately deserves while volumizing and decreasing the weight and heaviness that accumulates over time in an extended styling mechanism.
Replenish and Refinish
When you’re in need to replenish lost moisture, massage Kahina Giving Beauty’s essential argan oil product into your hair after a warm shower. As a little bonus, this product is actually made for skin but effective enough to work on your hair. Meaning, you can use this little body everywhere you need a moisture boost. Plus, the ingredients in this little gem are all from Organic Farming—Kahina Giving Beauty donates a percentage of its profits to supporting programs that improve the lives of Berber women in North Africa.
The Purest of the Pure
From Show Beauty, this Pure Treatment Oil is worth a pretty penny, but really it is is worth that penny. It is made from 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 elixir leaves your hair stronger, nourished, and 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.
Dreaming Your Hair to Perfection
From celebrity hair stylist Vernon François, this overnight treatment oil does your work for you while you sleep. Its argan oil works with a blend of anti-oxidants and vitamins to lock moisture in while conditioning your scalp. You just spray the oil evenly from roots to ends, using one vial per night when you need that ultra-intensive treatment.
Argan oil has taken on various forms, from its au naturale state of the argan tree to infused products found in your local drugstore. The coveted oil is multifaceted in a culmination of hair, skin, and nails benefits that is attainable and easily accessible for many to use. Argan oil’s saving grace qualities rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are uplifting from root to tip, reviving and enhancing hair as a token staple in beauty cabinets for years to come. The natural oil spectacle is one I’m overly familiar with, but I can continue to be on board with this crazed trend a little while longer as organ oil truly withstands the test of time.