All the different ways you can use argan oil for hair

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We’re forever in search of the next wonder ingredient that will bolster our beauty routines and nourish our skin, hair and nails. And while some buzz-worthy beauty ingredients have their moment in the spotlight before falling to the wayside – others stick around for generations. Why? Because they really work.

Take argan oil – the ultimate hair care hero. While you might’ve heard of this luxurious beauty elixir before, do you know how it actually *works* to nourish and repair damaged hair? Well, listen up. Below, we’re deep-diving into the world of argan oil – a brilliant, natural and sustainable ingredient that will soften your strands, protect your follicles and boost hair growth. Ready to discover the 'liquid gold' elixir? Let's go…

What is argan oil?

First things first – an introduction. Argan oil is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ and it’s derived from kernels found on the argan tree in Morocco. It’s packed full of fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants which, when applied topically, make it an absolute game-changer for skin, hair and nail health.

What are the benefits of using argan oil on your hair?

Argan oil works as a mega moisturiser because it’s loaded with seriously nourishing fatty acids. It’s able to lubricate the hair shaft and help your hair maintain its natural moisture. Vitamin E can also work to prevent dryness, smooth frizziness and boost shine – while the anti-inflammatory properties of argan oil are brilliant for soothing stressed-out scalps, improving conditions like dandruff, psoriasis and seborreic dermatitis.

Is argan oil good for hair growth?

While the actual studies on the benefits of argan oil are few and far between, many people have shared their anecdotal evidence of argan oil helping to encourage hair growth, nix dandruff and boost the overall health of their hair.

Philip Kingsley Trichologist Zoe Passam says that 'argan oil can protect hair against oxidative damage, such as from hair bleaching, potentially limiting the number of disulphide bonds broken during this kind of process.'

How often should you use argan oil on hair?

Once a week should be sufficient as a treatment believes Passam. 'Then ensure you shampoo thoroughly and condition. It’s important to remember that a treatment reduces hair breakage, it grows longer, but this isn't the same as promoting hair growth and there is no evidence to support this,' she adds.

How do you use argan oil for hair?

Okay so you’re sold on the benefits – but how do you use argan oil in your hair without making your locks super greasy?

Argan oil as a hair mask

To really reap the benefits of argan oil, try using it as a hair mask. Really take the time to massage the oil into your scalp and smooth through the length of your hair, taking particular time on the ends.

For the best results, wrap your hair in a towel as the warmth will allow the hair shaft to penetrate more of the oil. Leave on overnight (or for a full day if you’re just chilling round the house) before washing off. Top tip: you might need to do two shampoo washes to ensure you get rid of any greasy residue.

Argan oil as a leave-in conditioner

One of the most popular ways to use argan oil in your hair is by using it as a leave-in conditioner or smoothing serum. Apply 1-2 drops through the mid-length and ends of your hair. Not only will your hair drink up the nourishing moisture, your strands will feel silky smooth and look seriously shiny too.

Do I put argan oil on wet or dry hair?

You can apply argan oil on either wet or dry hair. If applying when the hair is wet, be mindful of how much you apply – as (depending on your hair’s thickness and texture) your hair could look greasy once it dries.

Is argan oil or coconut oil better for hair?

You might be familiar with using coconut oil on your hair – so which is better? While argan oil is brilliant for boosting shine and smoothing most hair types, coconut oil can be great for conditioning those with very thick, coarse or textured hair. Many hair care products blend both oils to reap the benefits of both. Our take? Give them both a try and figure out which is best for you.

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