So, I wanted to find out what’s all this buzz about Argan Hair Oil and why is it better than other hair oils? The use of oils is an ancient beautifying ritual used in many cultures. Even the Bible speaks of the benefits of oils for healing, cleansing, anointing and such. Today we have many uses for oils…for hair, we want shine, moisture, protection against breakage and dryness. Wouldn’t it be nice if the claims that certain oils help your hair grow were true? Here’s my subjective take on Argan Hair Oil versus other hair oils?
First of all, what is Argan oil? Authentic Argan oil, derived from a tree similar to an Olive tree that grows in southwest Morocco. However the Argan tree does not need cultivation like the olive tree because it’s able to withstand the harsh environment of that region and some live up to 200 years. Tells you a lot about the sustainability. The oil, extremely rich in the anti-oxidant, Vitamin E and Unsaturated Fatty Acids comes from the pit of the tree’s fruit is used locally for cooking, skin ailments and now it’s likeness is one of the latest cosmetic industry trends. Argan oil is produced by local women as part of cooperative in which they are able to support themselves and share profits. The cooperative is a part of Unesco initiative which helps ensure reforestation of the Argan Tree.
The two most popular brands I found are Josie Maran, created by model, Josie Maran. Her line is actually organic which we all love right? There’s Organic Argan Oil Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil 1.7 oz
which you can use daily on face, body, and hair for moisture. The line also has Argan Oil Hair Serum that felt very soft on my hair. Couldn’t make up my mind whether to get the serum or the pure oil. Then there’s Moroccan Argan Oil in the blue box. It’s supposed to be the best hair treatment since…well…many brands compare their oil treatment to this one.MOROCCANOIL The Original Oil Treatment 100ml/3.4fl.oz.
Other hair oils:
Coconut Hair Oil:
Coconut oil is another edible oil high in anti-oxidants. What caught my interest about the benefits of coconut oil is that it penetrated the hair shaft and reduces the loss of protein in hair. The use of protein treatments is highly recommended for chemically treated hair, color treated hair or hair with breakage so this point is key. Coconut oil is nourishing and helps hair hold moisture. I use the brand Now Solutions I got from Whole Foods that comes in a somewhat solid form. Now Foods Coconut Oil Pure, 7-Ounce (Pack of 2), Glass
I originally purchased it for my body but ended up using it on my hair when it feels dry.
Mira Hair Oil:
Mira oil helps hair grow long and thick in the shortest possible time. That’s the claim. It’s supposedly used by Indian women for thousands of years and is one of the reasons for their silky long hair. Because of that claim and the cost, I’m apprehensive. It’s made with oils, though the manufacturers don’t tell you what they are. Think I’ll pass till I hear from a credible source that this product really works.
Jojoba hair Oil:
Jojoba oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair cuticle because it resembles our natural sebum. It’s non-greasy and lightweight so it tends not to clog pores. Widely used for dry scalp and dandruff. Also good for moisture on split ends and dry hair.
Monoi Hair Oil:
Monoi oil comes from a gardenia plant found in the French Polynesian and is processed with coconut oil. The addition of coconut oil may explain the benefits Monoi oil claims. Monoi Oil hair products are used to soften hair and condition hair.
Argan Hair Oil versus other hair oils is actually a front runner for me. Using it will benefit my hair as well as help the women who produce it.
PS. Leave a comment if you’ve tried Argan Hair Oil or any other hair oils.
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