What Is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is naturally extracted from the kernels of argan trees found in Morocco. It is also famously dubbed as the Moroccon oil. It contains fatty acids, squalene, carotenes, protein, tocopherols and nourishing properties which are essential for the growth and development of hair. The oil is extracted from a nut-like fruit that has a hard outer shell. It takes a huge amount of nuts to extract 10 ml of argan oil. Hence, the oil is generally sold at a higher price in the market and is manufactured by very few reputable brands. The following is the composition of the fatty acids present in argan oil
- 43-48% oleic acid
- 34%-36% linoleic acid
- Vitamin E
Benefits Of Using Argan Oil For Hair
1. Conditions The Hair
Argan oil is a wondrous potion. It provides moisture to the hair and hydrates the scalp. It softens the hair and adds texture without drying out the hair. It works best as a leave-in conditioner. It repairs the frizzy hair, split ends, thin hair and hair loss. It also works best for hair which is repeatedly treated to heat and styling.
2. Stimulates Hair Growth
Argan oil should be massage thoroughly on the scalp using fingers. The circular motions from the massage help in regulating the blood circulation. The rapid blood flow to the scalp stimulates the growth of hair roots. This prevents hair loss and promotes thickening of hair roots. It also adds length to the hair lock within the duration of two to three weeks.
3. Removes Dandruff
Argan oil exfoliates the scalp and hair roots. It removes dandruff, dirt, grime and other particles that settle and accumulate on the scalp. The oil is anti-inflammatory, hence, it automatically works on killing the bacteria, fighting dandruff and preventing further damage to the scalp.
4. Protects From Sun
Argan oil adds a layer of protection to the hair. Hair is prone to damage from severe heat, sunlight and other external factors. It acts as a natural protectant from the sun. You can massage few drops of the argan oil into the hair before going out in the sun for extra protection from the UV rays.
5. Prevents Scalp Infections
Argan oil is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It fights against bacteria that cause skin infections, irritation to the scalp and inflammation. It soothes and calms the irritated skin, redness, eczema of the scalp and scaly patches. Regular application of argan oil keeps the scalp clean and free of harmful infection-causing bacteria.
6. Nourishes The Hair
Argan oil contains fatty acids, squalene, carotenes, protein, tocopherols and other rich properties which provide nourishment to the hair. The fatty acids, vitamin E and linoleic acid present in the oil strengthens the hair and prevents further damage caused by external factors. The fatty acids provide moisture, hydration and restore the pH balance of the scalp.
7. Treats Damaged Hair
Argan oil is a perfect leave-in treatment for damaged hair. You can leave the oil overnight in the hair to recover from any form of damage. Prolonged use of Moroccan oil improves the moisture content of the hair, repair the damaged hair roots, delays greying of hair, smoothes out frizzy and dry hair, removes dandruff and provide volume to the hair.
8. Adds Shine To The Hair
Argan oil provides shine and a glow to the hair locks. All you need is 4-6 drops of the argan oil depending on the length of your hair. Apply the oil all over the hair or spritz it on using a spray bottle. The oil will add a layer of shine and texture to the otherwise limp and dull hair.
9. Provides Bounce To The Hair
Argan oil works great as a detangler and frizz remover. It provides texture and rhythm to dull and dry hair. It adds volume and thickness to the hair locks making them bouncy and wavy.
10. Strengthens The Hair Roots
Argan oil provides the nourishment needed for the hair to become strong and thick. It has all the nutrients, fatty acids, proteins and vitamins required for the maintenance of hair roots, shine and smoothness. The oil strengthens the hair roots from within, reducing the chances of hair breakage and damage.
How To Use Argan Oil For Hair?
1. Almond Oil And Argan Oil
- Sweet almond oil - ¼ cup
- Argan Oil - 6 drops
- Add two tablespoons of argan oil to ¼ cup of sweet almond oil.
- Massage the mixture into the scalp and let it sit overnight.
How to Use
Use it 3-4 times a week.
2. Argan Oil Hair Mask
- Argan oil - 6 drops
- Olive oil - 1 teaspoon
- Honey - 1 teaspoon
- Castor oil - 1 teaspoon
- Egg yolk - 1
- Combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Use a brush to apply the paste to the scalp and hair.
- Leave the hair mask on for an hour.
- Wash it off using a mild shampoo.
How to Use
You can use this recipe once a week.
3. Milk And Argan Oil
- Milk - ¼ cup
- Argan oil - 6 drops
- Add 6 drops of argan oil to ¼ cup of milk.
- Apply the mixture on the scalp.
- Leave it overnight or for an hour before washing off it warm water or mild shampoo.
How to Use
Use this recipe 2-3 times a week. Use a mild shampoo to wash it off.
4. Argan Oil Blend
- Argan oil - 6 drips
- Sweet almond oil - 1 tablespoon
- Avocado oil - 1 tablespoon
- Virgin coconut oil - 1 tablespoon
- Combine all the oils together.
- Massage the oil blend into the scalp and hair roots.
- Let the oil stay overnight before washing it off using a mild shampoo.
How to Use
You can do this twice a week during the night before bedtime.
5. Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner
- Argan oil - 10 drops
- Lavender oil - 5 drops
- Thyme oil - 5 drops
- Jojoba oil - ¼ cup
- Water - ½ cup
- Spray bottle
- Boil the water and cool it down before using it.
- Now combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Add the mixture to a spray bottle.
- Spray the mixture on the hair whenever you need it.
- Make sure to shake the bottle well before using it in order to combine the oils and water together.
How To Use
You can do this once every day - whenever required.
Also Read: Benefits & Uses of the Miraculous Argan Oil
Written by - Mariam Shareef
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