Argan oil, otherwise known as liquid gold, has many benefits for your skin, hair and nails. Its power comes from a concentration of vitamin E, omega 3 & 9 fatty acids, linoleic and oleic acids, to name a few.It’s known for encouraging hair growth, moisture, shielding your strands from harmful UV rays, combating breakage all without leaving your hair greasy and weighed down. Unfortunately, in this current hair-care climate, a miracle oil like this one does run on the expensive side.
More recently, manufacturers are including argan oil as an added ingredient to what would otherwise be a regular hair care product. This seems like it would be a more affordable way to take advantage of the benefits of argan oil, but don’t be fooled! If you only looked at the product label and not at the ingredients list, you’d miss that argan oil is one of many ingredients and is often right next to a slew of harmful additives. For example, a popular brand, MoroccanOil contains silicones and other harmful substances and this product is extremely expensive!
It’s best to air on the side of caution and do as you would when choosing other essential oils: buy as pure as you can and make sure the argan oil you select is certified organic. For argan oil in particular, a good product will be cold pressed, imported from Morocco, 100% pure, unrefined with no added chemicals, pesticide free, no parabens and no artificial colorants. It’s tough to find an argan oil that has all of these qualities that’s affordable too. The brand I went with, PURA D’OR, can be found on amazon: http://amzn.com/B004Z209HS for $16. And no, I am not a paid spokesperson…
I’ve been using argan oil on my strands for the past 4 months and have seen significant improvements in the health of my hair. It’s smoother, shinier, darker, significantly softer, and most importantly, I’ve been able to retain my length!
I primarily use argan oil in 2 ways:
- As part of my nighttime routine, I spritz my hair lightly with water, split it in two and apply a nickel sized amount of oil to my hair, concentrating on the ends for each side, then pony up for bed.
- As part of a twist-out routine, I apply argan oil to each section after my leave-in conditioner and before adding shea butter. I’ve noticed a softness in my twist-outs since the oil seals in the moisture from the H20 you’ve added.
Add argan oil to your routine, you won’t be disappointed! I promise.