This naturally occurring plant oil is derived from the kernels of the fruit of the argan tree. Although native to Morocco, argan oil is now used across the globe for a variety of culinary, cosmetic and medicinal applications.
Let’s discover its wonders below.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties:
The various phenolic compounds in argan oil are responsible for most of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Argan oil is rich in:
- Vitamins A and C
- Tocopherols (Vitamin E) – Natural Antioxidants
- Fatty Acids (primarily Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid)
- Melatonin and Plant Sterols – Natural Antioxidants to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals.
Since argan oil has moisturizing properties, it serves as a great conditioner or mask for your hair.
Argan oil’s molecules are smaller than other oils, so it’s easier to penetrate the hair cuticles, which will make hair softer and more manageable with less tangles and dryness.
Soothe an itchy scalp:
For those who suffer from flakes and dandruff, argan oil provides anti-inflammatory benefits and will not clog pores, which can lead to damaged hair follicles.
To use argan oil as more of a treatment, she suggests taking a few drops and gently massaging into the scalp, stimulating the blood circulation. Ideally, leave it overnight before rinsing out in the morning.
Prevents heat damage:
The vitamin E and fatty acids in argan oil actually protect the hair and scalp from heat damage caused by styling tools.
To protect your hair while blow drying, straightening, or curling, Rivera recommends applying a couple of drops of plain argan oil to wet or dry hair before and after styling.
Unlike other bases for hair oils– such as coconut and olive oil- argan oil is easily absorbed into the hair strand, so it doesn’t leave a greasy residue unless you overdo it, explains Rivera.
Thanks to the fact that it is rich in fatty acids which helps bring shine and luster back to hair without weighing it down and causing build-up.
To use, apply a few drops to wet hair before styling. On dry hair, apply a small amount, focusing on the ends.
Silky hair texture:
Argan oil is commonly used as a leave-in hair treatment and conditioner. It helps to detangle the hair, add shine, and create a silky texture.
Apply a few drops to towel dried hair and brush to distribute evenly for a natural hair treatment.
Hair color retention:
One unique benefit of argan oil is its ability to help retain the hair’s natural color by reducing discoloration of the hair that is caused by environmental factors and aging.
Add a few drops to your hair daily to help preserve its natural color and reduce fading.
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About the Author: Dr. Sayyam Azam is a Certified Dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine(U.S). During her specialized training, she is involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state of art Aesthetic Centre (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.