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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a triple-board-certified dermatologist with over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Moroccan Argan Oil for Hair

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

Moroccan Argan oil has become immensely popular, and everyone and their husbands and wives apply it. So, what is Moroccan argan oil, and does it actually benefit hair? In this guide, we’ll talk all about it.

My husband and I have been using this oil for quite some time. So, I'll give you an honest dermatologist's opinion on whether this oil and its products are worth it. So, let's dive right in!

A bottle of Moroccan Argan oil placed on a thin vertical piece of furniture

What is Moroccan Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a natural beauty product made in Morocco from the kernels of argan trees. The oil is obtained through meticulous extraction, producing a golden liquid rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It comes in different forms, including pure, organic, and mixed with other ingredients. Argan oil is excellent for moisturizing and protecting the skin from the sun. But does it work well on your hair? Keep reading to know more!

Is Moroccan Argan Oil Good for Hair?

Absolutely! Moroccan Argan oil has proven highly beneficial for hair due to its moisturizing, nourishing, and protective properties. It can help improve your hair's overall health, texture, and appearance. Here are some of its properties that make it an excellent choice as an oil for hair:

1. Anti-Dandruff

Argan oil is an excellent treatment for dandruff. It moisturizes the scalp, promotes hair growth, and improves overall scalp health resulting in healthier, shinier hair!

2. Good for Frizzy Hair

Argan oil is beneficial for those of us with frizzy hair. Applying it to your locks will help bring stray hairs under control and give you that extra boost of shine!

3. Damage Control

Argan oil's antioxidants help neutralize damage caused by pollutants and simple styling techniques and moisturize dry strands. Argan oil helps combat aging and environmental damage by neutralizing free radicals, which can cause hair loss.

4. Shiny Hair

Argan oil helps to add shine because it contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids that improve hair elasticity. It also restores dull, lifeless locks to their former glory.

5. Remedy for Treated Hair

The fatty acids in argan oil, like linoleic acid and oleic fatty acids, hydrate the cuticle and give your colored or chemically treated hair a moisture boost. Argan oil also makes your hair color last longer.

Potential Drawbacks of Moroccan Argan Oil

Here are some things you need to be aware of before using argan oil:

  1. Allergic reactions or sensitivities: Some individuals may be allergic to Argan oil, so performing a patch test before widespread use is recommended.

  2. Excessive use of Argan oil can make the hair feel heavy or greasy. Start with a small amount and adjust according to your hair's needs.

  3. Individuals with oily or fine hair may find Argan oil too heavy, so using it sparingly or focusing on the hair ends is advisable.

Product Recommendation

The only Argan oil product my husband and I have been using for quite some time and can stand behind is The OGX extra-penetrating Argan oil of Morocco. It's effortless to use, and my husband prefers it mainly because it allows him to style his hair any way he wants. It's definitely a better option than using hair gels. Apart from all the above benefits, I prefer it for the same reason. Also, it smells pretty good.


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