What is Argan Oil?
Argan Oil is an oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, native to Morocco.
Referred to as “liquid gold”, Argan oil has been used for cooking and as a natural home remedy for healthy hair and skin.
Argan Oil benefits
Argan Oil is filled rich in healthy vitamins (including Vitamin E) and minerals, as well as essential fatty acids.
The fatty acids are primarily comprised of linoleic acid (Omega 6), which makes Argan Oil a particularly great oil for those who are Vegan or Vegetarian. Omega 6 plays a critical role in brain function and help stimulate skin and hair growth.
But be careful. Too much Omega 6 can be pro-inflammatory, as we do get it in our diets and should be balanced against Omega-3 intake.
Vitamin E helps maintain healthy skin, hair and eyes. It’s a natural antioxidant which could help promote hair growth by eliminating free radicals which damage your hair growth cells.
With its nutritional profile, Argan Oil can act as a super-nourishing hydrating oil for your hair and scalp, providing essential minerals required for the anagen growth phase.
Argan Oil Benefits for Hair
Can moisturise your hair
Argan oil has been traditionally used as a moisturiser for skin and hair. With its rich content of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, Argan Oil can provide a protective, nourishing layer for your hair shaft, helping prevent dryness and reducing frizziness.
This can also lead to your hair looking shinier and more life-like.
Plus, it’ll smell great!
Can be used for Hair Growth
While Argan Oil hasn’t been researched enough to classify it as having hair-growth properties, it is rich in Vitamin E – which has been shown to help hair-growth.
Vitamin E has antioxidants that can help reduce the oxidative stress, which could lead to hair-growth by affecting the anagen phase of the growth cycle.
Low intake of Omega fatty acids has also been linked to hair loss, with research suggesting omega acids help provide essential proteins to the hair, prevent inflammation and support blood circulation. This ensures your hair receives the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals it needs for optimal growth.
Plus, where your hair loss is caused by Psoraisis, or another inflammatory condition affecting your scalp, Argan Oil may help eliminate or rectify the underlying condition, helping to re-grow hair as part of the process.
Protects your hair and scalp from inflammation and oxidative stress
Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps reduce the cell damage caused by free radicals. Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin E, and also has anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce inflammation that affect the scalp.
This means, Argan Oil maybe useful for scalp conditions including hair loss, psoriasis and dermatitis.
How to use Argan Oil on your Hair
There are a couple of ways you can use Argan oil in your hair:
As a hair mask – massaged into your scalp
Traditional Indian remedies promote massaging your hair with oil. This stimulates blood flow, which can help with new hair follicle growth.
There are a couple of ways you can make your own Argan Oil hair mask at home.
Either by using it solo, applying a few drops of oil into your scalp at a time and massaging into the region for a few minutes. Then cover your hair and leave it to soak in overnight.
However, if you’re using Argan Oil to try and re-grow your hair, we recommend applying this oil with another potent hair oil – Coconut and / or Castor oil.
Both Coconut and Castor Oil have beneficial properties which can assist hair-growth by tackling the underlying issue on the scalp.
Style your hair with it
Argan Oil can help prevent styling and heat damage. With its heritage coming from Morocco, where native Moroccans used Argan Oil as a as a protective layer from the heat, the antioxidants in argan oil can protect against cell damage by the sun.
This makes it suitable to use before using a blow-dryer or hair-straightener.
And because Argan contains Omega fatty acids, it can help as a pre-wash moisturiser to help protect your hair against the damage of washing.
Argan Oil is a great natural hair moisturiser, helping protect your hair and scalp from everyday damage from heat exposure. It’s also loaded with natural vitamins and minerals, helping your hair look and feel healthy while providing the nutrients and environment for it to grow.