Since purchasing the Eco Styler argan oil formula, I’ve been looking into the numerous benefits of argan oil, dubbed “liquid gold,” for hair and skin. Below, I’ve succinctly summed up all there is to know about Moroccan argan oil.
What is Moroccan Argan Oil?
Argan oil (Argania spinosa) is the product of the argan kernel from the argan tree, endemic to Morocco, through a manual, labor intensive extraction process, identical to that of shea butter, for a variety of cosmetic, culinary, and even medical uses. It can also be produced as a butter. The natural fragrance of argan oil is a light, sweet, nutty, yet floral scent. It should be neither too strong nor too subtle, otherwise those are good indications the oil has been either heated during the production process or diluted with other ingredients.
Okay, But Why is It So Special?
Argan oil contains a plethora of nutrients with cosmetic and medical uses for hair, skin, and nails:
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) – Vitamin E is a powerful combatant against free radicals, which can cause damage to cellular components, causing them to inadequately perform or die, providing resistance for hair and skin to their damaging effects.
Vitamin F – Vitamin F is made up of two important fatty acids, linoLENIC acid (omega-3) and linoLEIC acid (omega-6), used to repair and renew body tissue, thereby regenerating skin cells and aiding hair growth. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to skin ailments, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes. The antioxidants and fatty acids contained within argan oil improve skin health and elasticity and help hair regain luster.
Sterols (Spinasterol and Schottenol) – Sterols are the natural alcohols found in oils. They improve cutaneous circulation, slow the effects of aging on skin, and creates a barrier of protection against UV rays.
Phenols – Phenols are powerful anti-oxidants, antiseptics, and antibacterials often used in disinfectants. They are found only in some essential oils and stimulate the nerves and immune system.
Squaline – Essential in the synthesis of steroid hormones, cholesterol, and vitamin D and suggested as a prevention of cancer, sqaline is an organic compound found in vegetable oils.
A Quick Summary of Benefits for Skin
Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and increases elasticity (anti-aging)
Evens out skin tone
Reduces dark circles
Non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores)
Non-irritating to sensitive skin
Reduces scars and stretch marks
Calms skin irritations, such as eczema, rashes, psoriasis, rosecea, perioral dermatitis, angular cheilitis, acne, and keratosis pilaris.
Fights off free radicals and their damaging effects on cells
Balances oil production for dry or oily skin
Provides UV protection as well as protection against other environmental pollutants
A Quick Summary of Benefits for Hair & Nails
Rebuilds hydrolipidic film often damaged by coloring, heat usage, and UV rays.
Helps prevent splits
Adds shine and softens
Repairs brittle, dry hair
Restores moisture and strength
Antioxidants in argan oil help boost cell production, stimulating hair growth
Helps heal scalp conditions, such as dandruff, seborrhea, and dermatitis
Protects against damaging effects of styling tools, UV, chemical treatments, and heat
Makes hair more manageable
Softens hands and cuticles
Repairs and reinforces weak, damaged nails, decreasing breakage
Argan oil is also capable of penetrating the hair follicles and shaft to strengthen and enhance elasticity of hair like coconut oil, and much like other natural oils, is best used in its pure state, which carries a hefty price tag (there is no such thing as cheap argan oil). However, if pure argan oil is too pricey for the budget, then there are other hair and skin products available that contain significant amounts of it without breaking the bank. Be aware, the higher the price, generally, the higher the concentration of argan oil.
Usage in Hair Care
A little goes a long way. I used Moroccan Oil brand argan oil to flat iron my hair at the very beginning of my journey and let me tell you, too much will leave your skin and hair greasy. It was an oil thicker than castor oil in a small bottle for a ton of money, but the benefits far outweigh the cost when it comes to argan oil. Below, I have listed a few ways to use argan oil should you decide to purchase the real deal and not a diluted product.
Mix into shampoo for conditioning and reinforcement of the shaft and cuticle layer.
Use as a leave-in. Used in the right quantity (remember, a little goes a long way), argan oil is absorbed easily and does not leave a greasy or oily residue.
Use as a styling agent to eliminate frizz. The hair need not be wet either, dry is fine.
Use as a hot oil treatment or reparative hair mask overnight.
Hopefully, what I have learned will help you make an informed decision when selecting argan oil products for your hair and skin or at least piqued your interest in Moroccan argan oil. If you decide to try an argan oil product, let us know if you noticed any major differences in the look and feel of your hair, skin, and/or nails over time. If you have tried pure argan oil, do you feel it was worth the price tag? Let us know in the comments.