Some people refer to argan oil as “liquid gold”, because of its versatility in terms of beauty products, particularly those focusing on the hair and skin.
Although it has many benefits, it is still growing in popularity and this is partially due to the fact it is hard to get. It comes from the nut portion of the fruit that grows on the argan tree but you can only find this tree in Morocco at the moment.
The trees will live between 150 and 200 years providing ample time for producing the nuts but they won’t start growing the fruit until they are 30 to 50 years old.
In addition to being rare because of the lack of argan trees, the oil is labor intensive to produce. Most of it is made in Morocco’s southwestern areas where the natives still follow traditional extraction methods.
In this process, the fruit will ripen naturally and independently. The traditional method and one that is still commonly used although not always, is to allow the goats to climb the trees and eat the fruits as they have always done.
They will spit out the seeds after they don’t digest in their rumen and they are then collected.
The process of extracting argan oil has traditionally been performed by Moroccan women. Another process that is growing in popularity is to collect the ripe fruit directly from the tree.
They then lay it out in the sun so it can dry but will sometimes make the seeds dry faster by using ovens. The women then crack the seed, which can be done by hand or by using a manually operated stone grinder.
Argan Oil Hair Benefits
Despite the labor intensive process of producing it, the oil is incredibly popular due to its numerous benefits for the hair as well as skin.
Argan oil can help naturally hydrate hair1 and is commonly used as a conditioner. It is strong enough to help tame frizz and treat split ends. It can also add shine to the hair and is a popular styling product.
To use it in this way, simply rub a few drops on your hands and comb your hair with your fingers. It can even be used as an overnight hair mask to provide shine. This happens because the oil is rich in essential fatty acids and proteins. These nutrients are needed to mitigate cuticle damage and to promote follicle health.
Argan oil contains a range of nutrients and these can help improve the blood circulation in the scalp which in turn encourages hair growth. Argan oil is able to remove free radicals from your hair because of its unique nutritive properties. This allows follicles and shafts to regenerate and recover from damage.
Using Argan Oil For Hair Care
When using argan oil as a styling treatment or a heat protector, you should always apply a very small amount. Start by trying to use only a drop or two and then slowly increase the amount if necessary.
To use the oil as a conditioner, you will need to use more argan oil. Gently rub it into the hair section by section and then use your fingers to massage more onto your scalp. After this, you can leave it in for one to three hours before washing it out using a gentle shampoo.