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 What are the benefits of Argan oil for hair?

Answer: Argan oil hair care products are among the hottest on the market right now, promising silkier, shinier, and more manageable locks. But with a hefty price tag, you might be wondering if Argan oil—aka “liquid gold”—is really worth it. Devoted Argan oil users say, “yes!”.

Argan oil is a plant-based oil made from pressing the nut of the fruit of Argan trees. These trees grow exclusively in Morocco, and the oil has traditionally been hand-pressed by Berber women for hundreds of years—although with the current high demand, the oil used in most cosmetics is pressed by machines. Because of the limited supply of Argan trees, the oil can be very expensive.

Many women who swear by the product agree that the cost is worth it. Argan oil contains a healthy natural supply of antioxidants, Vitamin E, Omega-3  and Omega-9 fatty acids to help repair damage caused by dyes, sunlight and heat-styling. It can benefit all hair types from fine, thinning hair to curly, thick or dry hair and can be applied either to the scalp or directly to the hair to calm frizz and add moisture and shine.

There are endless ways to use Argan oil to get healthier hair:

As a conditioner: Pure Argan oil can be applied to damp hair (or even just to dry ends!) as a leave-in conditioner to make hair softer, silkier, and shinier. It absorbs super fast, so it won’t leave hair greasy. It controls frizz and repairs split ends.

For styling: Argan oil can also be applied to dry or almost-dry hair before styling to smooth frizz and flyaways and make styling more manageable. Just rub a few drops into your palms and apply gently to hair starting at the ends. A little goes a long way on dry hair!

As a heat protectant:  Before heat styling with a hair straighter or curling wand, spritz a little Argan oil onto hair to protect it from heat and seal in moisture.

To add volume or promote hair growth: Many Argan oil users swear by it for promoting hair growth and thickness. Just a little massaged into the scalp and hair can keep your scalp moisturized and protect hair from breakage. The high vitamin E helps growth and circulation.

To combat a dry scalp: Argan oil can even be applied directly to the scalp to treat dryness and prevent dandruff. Apply some to a cotton ball and dab it directly onto your hairline and part.

A few of our faves:

1. Organix Argan Oil of Morocco

Organix offers an entire Argan Oil of Morocco line of products that promises to provide natural vitamin E and antioxidants to renew hair’s cell structure, seal in shine, and promote softness. The line includes a shampoo, conditioner, a variety of oils, two creams and a spray.

2. Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum

Josie Maran — a big proponent of Argan Oil — offers a great Argan Oil Hair Serum. This non-greasy, alcohol-free serum is a blend of Argan oil, Jojoba oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E, specially formulated for repairing damaged hair. Just a few drops, (smoothed over towel-dried hair) promises to tame frizz, seal split ends, and add a lustrous shine to even the most damaged hair.

3. Kiehl’s Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo

Kiehl’s also has a line of Argan-based products including shampoo, conditioner, a mask and an oil, in addition to Argan-based skin care products.

And, of course, these are just a few out of hundreds of products that use Argan oil to deliver healthier, more beautiful hair.

Have you tried Argan oil for your hair? Do you think it’s worth the cost?