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Argan Oil, The Truth Behind the Hype

argan oil, maijan, arganoilArgan oil. It’s the latest buzzword in the realm of gorgeous hair, but a lot of us are coveting it without even knowing what it is, or why exactly we want it.

In short, this is an oil for ages for everything from skincare to hair care. It’s loaded with omega-6, antioxidants and vitamin E, all which are super-hydrating. That’s the secret: These ingredients get to work by providing this moisture our damage hair craves, we then achieve a healthy natural shine as well as protective properties from the elements.

“Natural color and artificial color live in the cortex so argan oil will keep it moisturized and healthy. Artificial hair color can shrink without the right amount of moisture. If it is dehydrated it will slip out of your hair and cause fadage. Argan oil creates amazing shine therefore it reflects sunlight making for a very natural SPF,” says John Flemel, owner of the Urban Lift Salon.

“I live in the Las Vegas desert and after a year of living here, my hair hated me,” says Liz in Las Vegas. “I have dark brown long straight hair down to the middle of my back. Split ends were getting to be an issue but I wanted to keep my hair long. I’ve been using the oil for about a month now and not only is my hair softer and less “crispy” and fragile, but I am noticing less breakage and fewer splits between haircuts. I was introduced to Moroccanoil by a salon in Vegas called D’Hair to be Different. Moroccan Oil is more than I wanted to spend so I researched the key ingredient. I think the Maijan Pure Organic Argan Oil brand can be bought for $25 compared to about $40 for Moroccanoil.”

At a time that we are all trying to save our pennies, a product that can do the same as the high-priced ones for money saved is something we’re all excited to hear about. In my own trials, I attempted to use the oil by rubbing a dime-sized blot between my palms, turning my head upside down, and applying to towel dried hair, focusing on the dry ends. Some days I use a lot more than others depending on how dry my hair feels – you get a feel for how much to use.

I have fine, blonde curly hair and I have a hard time finding a product that controls frizz without weighing my hair down or making it all gross/crunchy. I mix just a few drops of argan oil in with my leave-in crème and it's wonderful. It helps my curls hold better and less frizz.

“Due to Argan oil's rich fatty acid content, it is great for dry, brittle, under-nourished, damaged hair. Any hair that needs repair (hair that is over-processed or color-treated). It is also good for skin that is very dry and showing the signs of aging (not for oily or acne-prone facial skin types), says Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com. Ron says the Argan oil has been used in European beauty products for a couple of years now, but here in the US, you can find it as star ingredient in Maijan's Pure Organic Argan Oil, Josie Maran's Argan Oil line as well as the MoroccanOil line of hair repair shampoos and conditioners.

Written By Our Style Expert, Aly Walansky