Argan Oil for Hair: Everything You Need to Know
What is argan oil?
Argan oil is a base oil extracted from the kernels of the argan oil tree fruit, which is native to Morocco, North Africa. Argan fruits are usually sun-dried for either a few days or up to several weeks, and the fruit drying time directly influences the quality of the extracted oil (NCBI). The oil is nutrient-dense, boasting components like oleic and linoleic acids and the potent antioxidant Vitamin E, which fights off UV exposure and damaging molecules called free radicals (Healthline)! Argan oil is regarded as the super oil in our ByErim Hair & Beard Oil due to its many benefits.
The benefits of argan oil for hair
The oleic acid (an Omega-6 acid) in argan oil also controls water loss in your hair strands, while linoleic acid (an Omega-9 acid) helps maintain a healthy scalp. Linoleic acid is also proven to activate hair cell growth (MDPI)!
a) Helps to increase hair elasticity and increase shine
Hair elasticity has to do with your hair’s bounce-back game (quite literally)! Does it return to its natural state after you brush or comb it? When you undo your bun? A few hours or days after you’ve straightened it? Like an elastic band, your hair should be snapping back to its resting state when it’s all said and done. This is probably a little more noticeable in wavy, curly, and coily hair. If you stretch your hair out until it’s straight and then let go, it should curl back up. That is our goal; elasticity, because it is a great indicator of the health of your hair! Argan oil helps increase the elasticity of your hair by providing it with loads of nutrients. This way you’re covered when you tug, brush, and style your hair (if you're looking for something that's gentle on all hair types, check out the ByErim Luxury Hairbrush). Argan oil also increases shine for the same reasons; vitamin e and those super helpful fatty acids!
b) Helps to moisturise
Argan oil is a great moisturiser because of its fatty acids, which work round the clock to lubricate and moisturise the hair shaft. We love this oil because it nourishes and deeply infuses the hair with hydration!
c) Supports hair growth and thickness
By ensuring that your hair is well fed and protected all around, argan oil contributes to hair growth, thickness, and volume - the holy trinity of hair goals.
d) Prevent breakage and split ends
Argan oil reduces breakage and the formation of split ends by moisturising the hair thoroughly and locking in all the good stuff. It also makes your hair more flexible and elastic. We all know how much it takes to break an elastic band, don’t we?
e) Improve scalp health
Its high percentage of fatty acids means that argan oil is great for moisturising your scalp. Aside from its antioxidant properties which have been explored already, the oil is also anti-inflammatory. This means that it gets rid of dandruff, itchiness, and anything else that can lead to excessive scratching, resulting in hair fall.
Why argan oil can seal in shine as well as moisturise
Argan oil is both a moisturiser and a sealant, which is pretty special because most oils tend to be one or the other. This means that the oil can both penetrate the hair shaft like coconut oil and seal the moisture in at the same time as castor oil does!
Why quality is essential when using argan oil
There’s no doubt that argan oil sits on the pricier side of oils. So when spending your hard-earned coin, it is imperative that you purchase products of the highest quality. Here are some tips and tricks to follow: Take a close look at the colour, potency and scent of the argan oil you’re looking to purchase. 1) Prime argan oil should be smooth in consistency and a golden yellow colour. If it’s any lighter or darker, it has probably been mixed with some other oil, which isn’t necessarily bad, but this should always be advertised on the label. 2) To reap the maximum benefits of this super oil, make sure you’re purchasing 100% argan oil (again, the label should state so clearly). 3) And lastly, argan oil should smell earthy or nutty because, you know, it is extracted from a nut. Of course, every step of this vetting process isn’t always possible to carry out. For example, smelling the oil in a store that doesn’t offer samples or through your laptop when you’re ordering online. But at least two of these steps (checking the colour and the potency of the product) should be pretty straightforward to do!
Blending argan oil with the right base/ and essential oils, like those in the ByErim Hair & Beard Oil formula, often leads to hair magic (at least when you know what you’re doing)! All you have to do is click a button to buy our oil. Sourcing only the finest and most premium oils, we’ve got your back!
Can argan oil help grow facial hair?
Great at multitasking and a favourite in the skincare community, argan oil will pamper your skin and keep it moisturised whilst also protecting and nourishing your beard. So yes, it can help grow facial hair the same way it helps the hair on your head!
Can you use argan oil on dyed hair?
The fatty acids in argan oil infuse moisture into the hair and seal it in, making it a great candidate for treating dyed hair (which is a lot more likely to be dry). We recommend speaking to your colourist about it first though, just to be on the safe side of things. Check out our Instagram highlight titled “coloured” for more info!
The ByErim Hair & Beard Oil is made up of five carefully selected base oils and three essential oils that join forces to give your hair life as you’ve never experienced before! You don’t have to take our word for it. Just look at the small fraction of reviews we have on the homepage of our website!
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