Often referred to as liquid gold, the argan vegetable oil (INCI: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) boasts numerous benefits for the skin and also for the hair. It is renowned for its softening and repairing properties.
How is argan oil used in hair?
An overview of Argan oil.
Argan oil is derived from the cold pressing of kernels extracted from the fruits of the argan tree, a tree with the botanical name Argania spinosa which primarily grows in the southwest of Morocco. Today, it is globally recognised for its multiple benefits, making argan oil a true economic asset for Morocco. Local production companies, organised in a network around an EIG (Economic Interest Group), have received several certifications such as the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and the Ecocert Organic in 2014.
Why use argan oil on the hair?
Due to its biochemical composition, argan oil provides several benefits when applied to hair.
Rich in Vitamin E and squalene, compounds antioxidants, this vegetable oil protects the hair from external aggressions (pollution, sun, cigarette smoke...) that generate an overproduction of free radicals. This phenomenon, known as oxidative stress, is a factor linked to the deterioration of hair fibres, the appearance of white hair, or even hair loss. Argan oil and the molecules it contains neutralise free radicals to prevent them from causing harm and maintain good hair quality for as long as possible.
Thanks to its content in essential fatty acids, this oil revitalises dehydrated and dry hair, providing it with shine. It is therefore recommended for dull and tired hair.
It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and soothes certain scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis. It also helps to reduce the sometimes unsightly oily dandruff.
Is argan oil suitable for all hair types?
Argan oil is suitable for all hair types but is particularly recommended for dry and dull hair, brittle hair as well as highlighted/coloured hair and scalps with dandruff. However, for oily hair, it is preferable to opt for the jojoba oil which limits the excess of sebum.
How to incorporate argan oil into your hair care routine?
Argan oil can be used pure on the lengths torestore vitality to dry and brittle hairand enhance their shine. If you find yourself in this situation, apply the oil to the lengths and leave the treatment on for 15 minutes before washing. You can also use argan oil as a hair mask, leave it on overnight and wash your hair in the morning.
Furthermore, many hair care products are enriched with argan oil, such as strengthening and nourishing treatments, conditioners and detangling hair balms, as well as shampoos. This vegetable oil is thus present in our following three formulas:
Faria PM & al. Hair protective effect of argan oil (argania spinosa kernel oil) and cupuassu butter (theobroma grandiflorum seed butter) post treatment with hair dye. Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications. (2013).