Morocco’s Argan oil has become one of the most important and expensive beauty oils in the world. It has the same impressive qualities for hair as it does for skin. Hair loss is affecting more and more people every year. Luckily, using Argan oil for hair growth could make a very big difference in the way your hair looks and feels.
In this article, you’ll read about:
- Reasons for which you should add the oil of Argan in your hair care routine.
- The composition of this beauty ingredient and everything it can do for your hair.
- Many interesting ways in which you can use the oil for a healthier scalp and hair.
- Types of hair and common problems that affect the health and aspect of your tresses. You will find a natural blend recipe or solution for each problem.
- More facts about Argan oil and how to spot a high quality oil before buying.
Did You Know?
- Argan oil can be used as a beauty ingredient and as cooking oil. They are very different though. Argan is considered the world’s most expensive edible oil. It is also among the most precious and expensive beauty oils.
Argan Oil for Hair Growth and Hair Loss. How to Use It and Its Benefits per Type of Hair
Botanical name: Argania spinosa
Color: light yellow (lemon like) to yellow.
Viscosity: medium thick and clear oil.
Scent: pretty sweet, nutty fragrance of a virgin oil (for high quality products).
The oil of Argan is a very popular one in hair and skin care. It has been used by Berber people for centuries. At first, men would apply this oil on their faces and hands to protect themselves against the sun and the harshness of sand.
Then women would use it for beauty and health purposes as well. Only recently, this oil has started to be studied in a bit more depth. Nonetheless, there are still not enough studies to support all its benefits.
But can Argan oil really help with hair growth? There is no experiment done to show this effect. But, the oil has some good attributes that can help the hair get stronger and thicker. It can also protect against sun damage among others.
The benefits of Argan oil result from its chemical profile.
The oil of Argan is made of:
- 80% monounsaturated fatty acids – Oleic acid (Omega 9).
- 20% saturated fatty acids – Palmitic and stearic acids.
- Some polyunsaturated essential fatty acids as well – Linoleic (omega 6).
- Minor constituents like squalene, tocopherols, polyphenols and sterols. They’re all very powerful antioxidants and emollients that bind to the cells and the keratin of the hair.
- 8% vitamin E.
Moroccan Argan Oil Benefits for Hair Growth
If you’re wondering why use Argan oil for growing hair, you must first find out everything it can do.
Hair growth can be stimulated by a series of benefits that the oil can provide. Unfortunately, there’s no study that shows us a direct action of the oil on hair growth.
There are however, proofs that show us how Argan can diffuse into the hair much better than other oils. It has this ability because it contains high amounts of monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids. It penetrates the hair shaft and scales and remains there.
The oil can seal in moisture and nutrients that repair the damage and swell the hairs. That will give the impression of a fuller, thicker hair, which will lead to a visible improvement.
What are all the good things that Argan oil can do for your hair?
- It revitalizes the scalp and hair roots.
- Argan can boost the cell and keratin production. The hair and nails are all made of keratin.
- It can also help regenerate the hair follicles.
- Through massage, the use of Argan oil can stimulate the blood flow that stimulates hair growth. This way, Argan can also prevent hair loss.
- It is nourishing, hydrating and soothing for the scalp.
- Because it’s high in antioxidants, the oil can combat the signs of premature hair aging. It may activate cellular and melanin regeneration.
- Argan carrier oil can also protect against aggressive damaging factors. Those factors can be the sun, the weather, pollution, commercial hair care products, etc.
- Its chemical composition ensures the scalp is soothed. It can calm down the itching and irritation caused by dandruff. A mixture of Argan with antibacterial essential oils can help eliminate the dandruff.
- The oil can protect the color of the hair, be it natural or dyed.
- Bonus! Argan oil is also great for soft or brittle nails! It can strengthen them and give them back their shininess.
As you can see, if you decide to use Argan oil for hair growth, you would have a lot more benefits. It can deal with almost all hair problems.
That being said, you will get the chance to find a recipe for those problems in a short while. But first, let’s see some really interesting ways in which you could use Argan oil for your hair.
How to Use Argan Oil for Hair Growth
Every cell in our body needs food and nutrients to grow and develop. That’s how children grow up and that’s how hair can grow also.
The essential fatty acids and vitamin E in Argan oil can stimulate the hair growth. Thus, it encourages the production of new and healthy hairs. This fact plus all its other benefits make the oil of Argan great in hair growth treatments.
Let’s see how you too can enjoy all its benefits and grow a healthier, thicker hair.
1) Argan Oil Shampoo Benefits
A good hair hygiene starts with a good shampoo. You can either make your own natural Argan oil shampoo or simply add it in your usual product. Obviously, the easiest and fastest method is to add the oil into a gentle shampoo.
Depending on how big the bottle is, you can pour up to a quarter of Argan oil. Shake the bottle really well to mix the shampoo with the oil. Make sure you shake the bottle again, before each wash.
The Argan oil shampoo benefits are a stronger, shinier and nourished hair on a daily basis.
2) Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner Benefits
Many leave-in conditioners leave the hair greasy or lumpy. Argan may be an oil, but if you use a moderate amount, it will penetrate the hair without leaving it greasy.
An Argan oil leave-in conditioner can:
- Intensify its benefits and make them last longer.
- Protect the hair from heat damage (straighteners, curlers, sun, etc.).
- Make the hair smooth and easy to comb.
- Add more shininess.
Pour a few drops of pure Argan oil in your palms, rub and then spread all over the ends. You can apply mid-length all over the damp or dry hair.
3) Argan Oil Mask Benefits
Hot oil masks for hair are the best when you want or need to instantly revive your hair. They should be done twice a month only. If you saturate your hair with oil, any further masks will simply be a waste of product and time.
The oil, just like the skin can only absorb as much as it needs. And you will know it when it’s enough, trust me!
You can start by applying pure, warm Argan oil all over the hair and scalp. Insist with massage movements on the scalp to stimulate the blood flow to the roots. Insist on the ends of your strands as well.
Keep the hair warm, under a shower cap for at least an hour. You could also keep it on the whole night if you wish. Just make sure you wash it really well afterwards. It usually takes 2 shampoo washes to remove all the oil.
This method makes a great Argan oil mask for hair growth as well. It allows you to combine it with many stimulating essential oils to get an enhanced effect.
4) Argan Oil Styling Agent Benefits
Except for the hair gel that needs to keep the hair straight, Argan oil can deal with all the other styling needs of the hair.
It can be applied moderately on the hair to prevent damage from straighteners or curlers. It can also be used to tame wild frizzy hair or curls. Argan can do all that without causing further damage to the hair roots or strands. It can actually give it more life, glow and maintain it hydrated and elastic.
Whenever possible, if you want to use Argan oil for hair growth, go with the pure carrier oil. Avoid commercial products based on Argan oil. They usually contain very little oil, which is not enough to actually make a difference.
The Benefits of Argan Oil for All Common Hair Problems, plus Blends
Most hair problems have exterior causes. If you wash it too often, if you straighten and style it daily, if you dye it, if you stay in the sun for too long, etc. These are all external factors that may cause your hair damage and lead to hair loss.
There is also the problem of genes, which you cannot control. That is the internal cause that is usually responsible for hair loss and thinning hair (and eyebrows for that matter).
If you suspect your hair loss problem is inherited, you should go to the doctor for the right treatment. Of course, using Argan oil for hair loss could help strengthen the existing one and prepare the scalp for the new hair.
The common problems I’ll be talking about are all caused by various external factors. It is here where you can take control and help your hair grow healthy and strong.
Damaged and Dull Hair
One of the best uses of Argan oil for hair is to repair the damaged hair. The oil penetrates deep into the hair. That nourishes it and rearranges the cuticles to be able to hold in the moisture for a longer time.
Using Argan oil for damaged and dull hair can slowly help with hair growth as well. It can further protect the hair from weather, chlorine, heat and UV rays.
Hot oil masks are a great prevention method when you prepare for sunbathing. You should do it every week while going to the beach.
Argan Oil for Damaged Hair Mask
- Argan oil: 1 tablespoon
- Macadamia oil: 1 tablespoon
- Ylang-Ylang essential oil: 10 drops
You can double the dose of each ingredient if your hair is very long and/or thick. Mix all the oils together, warm the blend and then apply all over the hair and scalp with massage movements. The hair should be dry when applying the mask.
Keep the hair inside a shower cap for an hour and then rinse really well. Your hair will look nourished, shiny and easy to comb.
Fragile and Sensitive Hair
Fragile hair is usually very thin and breaks easily. It is also very sensitive to all kinds of styling methods and even to shampooing. Even so, this type of hair can also be stimulated to grow.
Using Argan oil for hair growth in the case of fragile and sensitive hair is a good choice. This oil is not very thick, so it won’t weigh down on fragile and prone to breakage strands.
It has been shown that thick films of oil absorb at a slower pace, which add to the weight of the hair. It is not the case with Argan.
Prone to Breakage and Fragile Hair Growth Mask
- Argan oil: 1 tablespoon
- Coconut oil: 1 tablespoon
- Peppermint essential oil: 15 drops
Mix the oils well, warm the blend and apply on the scalp and hair. Leave it in for 1 hour and then wash it normally.
The linoleic acid found in Argan oil can deeply nourish the dry hair. Everything from pollution to dyeing the hair can dry the scalp, thus the hair as well.
Dry scalp usually suffers from dandruff as well. The bacteria/fungi that cause it feed on the nutrients from the scalp. This results in a weak and dry hair.
In time, this condition may also make it harder for the hair to grow back. Using Argan oil for dry hair will help you maintain it hydrated, elastic and nourished. It can also close the hair cuticles, which will then reflect the light better. This will give your dry hair the shininess it deserves.
Argan Oil as a Serum for Dry Hair
- Argan oil: 2 tablespoons
- Castor oil: 1 teaspoon
Mix the oils well and apply a few drops on your palm. Rub between your palms and apply mid-length, insisting on the ends. This blend can be a leave-in conditioner or a protective styling serum.
Dry, damaged hair is more likely to get split ends. When a cuticle is completely damaged, it exposes the core of the hair. That slowly leads to cracks and split ends.
Your hair needs to be stronger to avoid split ends in the future. To do that, you can apply Argan oil for split ends after each shower, sunbathing or coloration.
The benefits of using pure oils on split ends have been shown to reduce their formation. Regrettably, most butters and all mineral oils were found to have the lowest effect on split ends.
Split Ends Serum with Argan Oil
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Rosemary (ct. cineole) essential oil: 10 drops
Shake the blend well before each use. Make sure you cut out most of the split ends and then apply this serum on the ends of your hair every day. Keep at it for a few weeks until the situation improves. You can maintain your hair split-ends-free by applying weekly serums.
Oily hair is caused by an excess of sebum on the scalp. When the roots are oily, half of the hair’s length will also be oily. Nonetheless, oily scalp needs moisturizing and nourishing too.
Argan oil can be used for oily hair to stop and regulate the excess sebum production, without drying the scalp.
With this aspect in check, your hair will start looking less oily for a longer time. Specialists recommend washing the hair up to two times a week to avoid damaging it.
Argan Oil for Oily Hair Mask Recipe
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Grapefruit essential oil: 10 drops
- Hinoki essential oil: 10 drops
All these beauty oils will balance the sebum production of the scalp. They will also prevent further greasiness on the hair for a longer time.
They will also stimulate hair growth, especially the essence of Hinoki. Using Argan oil for hair growth can be very easy, and it only involves a small effort.
Like I said above, dandruff usually appears on dry scalp. A combination of Argan oil and a good antifungal and antibacterial essential oil can help you get rid of dandruff.
Argan Oil Anti-Dandruff Mask Recipe
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Tea Tree essential oil: 10 drops
- Lemongrass essential oil: 5 drops
Warm the blend and stir the ingredients well. Apply like any other mask.
Argan oil is a great choice for frizzy hair! Everyday combing and shampooing friction may lead to frizzy hair.
Straightening the hair often can also cause the hair to frizz, fall off or thin and become weak. Dandruff is another common problem that appears when you straighten your hair too often.
When you have frizzy hair, you know you have to apply an Argan oil mask, and quite fast. Your hair is usually very damaged when it gets to that state.
Argan Oil Frizzy Serum Blend
- Argan: 1 tablespoon
- Vitamin A: 5 drops
Mix these ingredients in a plastic or glass recipient and use a small amount on the ends of your hair. You can apply it before styling or simply to tame all that frizzy hair.
Dyed hair goes through a lot of changes. The dye alters and damages the keratin and the cuticles of the hair. It is absolutely necessary to apply Argan oil on dyed hair to maintain it healthy and nourished.
Above all these benefits, Argan oil can also maintain and protect the color of the hair, be it dyed or natural.
Oily Serum and Mask for Colored Hair with Argan Oil
- Argan oil: 1 tablespoon
- Macadamia oil: 1 tablespoon
- Rosemary ct. cineole essential oil: 8 drops
You can heat this blend up and use as an oily mask. Or you can keep it stored in a pump recipient and apply a small amount on the hair every other day. Both ways will ensure an even and intense color for a long time. Argan oil is especially good for black hair.
Argan Oil for Virgin Hair
This is a very interesting way of referring to a type of hair. Virgin hair is described as untouched by dyes, bleachers and perm. It also has intact cuticles that run in the same direction.
This type of hair has never been blow-dried or exposed to cigarette smoke and drugs.
It is a bit difficult to find someone with virgin hair. Maybe only children have it these days. If it has never been bleached or dyed, it has probably been blow-dried or exposed to cigarette smoke. This term is usually used by hair donors and harvesters.
Virgin hair is usually very healthy, and doesn’t need too many treatments. Using Argan oil for virgin hair can only enhance its beauty and maintain it intact.
Men’s Hair (Using Argan Oil for Baldness)
Unfortunately, men more than women, suffer from hair loss. Male pattern hair loss is also known as alopecia or male baldness. A real treatment for alopecia needs to block a specific hormone called DHT.
By blocking it, male alopecia can be prevented and stopped. Nonetheless, once you stop taking the proper medications, the hair you recently grew will fall off.
Using Argan oil for alopecia (baldness) could only improve the aspect of your existing hair. It can make it look thicker and improve its strength. But sadly, it cannot block the DHT hormone.
If you want to use Argan oil to regrow hair, you can blend it with a potent and proven essential oil for hair growth.
Men’s Hair Growth Argan Oil Mask
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Rosemary ct. Verbenone essential oil: 10 drops
- Atlas Cedar essential oil: 10 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 15 drops
Apply this mask all over the scalp with gentle, stimulating massage movements. Leave it on for at least an hour and wash off with a gentle shampoo. Repeat every other day for at least 4 weeks.
I recommend adding this blend to your usual shampoo as well, to enhance and speed up the effects.
Argan Oil for Eyelashes
Using any vegetable, rich oil on your eyelashes can help them become stronger and more resistant to breakage. They will shine more and slowly but surely, with all the nutrients they will also start growing.
Accordingly, the use of Argan oil for eyelashes will do them a lot of good. As an inside tip, your mascara will also coat your eyelashes better and easier.
The best thing about using Argan oil for hair growth in any of the above common problems is that you can prevent the premature aging of your hair.
Baldness and the grey color are mostly inherited. But all these can come at a later time than without using any natural hair care products.
Quick Comparison between Argan and Coconut Oil
First of all, Argan oil is not different from Moroccan oil. They’re one and the same. If you’re looking for a good comparison, I’d say Argan oil vs. Coconut oil for hair growth make a fine choice.
The first difference between Argan oil and Coconut oil is the price. Argan is more expensive because its processing takes a lot of manual labor and government regulations.
Coconut oil on the other hand, is much more affordable. There are many tropical countries that grow coconuts, thus it’s easier to find it.
Both Argan and Coconut can make the hair thicker and stronger, and give it a lot of shine. They’re both very nourishing and hydrating to the scalp and hair.
Coconut oil is a bit better at treating dandruff because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Nonetheless, they’re both great at stimulating the blood flow to the hair roots. This leads to hair growth and hair loss prevention.
Coconut oil is the only one so far, found to retain more protein in damaged and healthy hair. It has been tested as a grooming product in prewash and post-wash.
Argan oil vs. Coconut oil shows an interesting discovery. Since they have different textures, each is great to use for certain hair types.
Argan oil is more suited to use in hair growth treatments for dry, damaged hair. Coconut oil is better for fine, fragile hair types.
Did You Know?
- The Argan tree has a significant importance in Morocco, where it’s commonly found. Worldwide, the oil has a huge demand. Morocco’s Government plans to increase the annual production of Argan oil to meet the world demand. This one has risen to almost half a million tons of oil.
Interesting Facts about Argan Oil, plus How to Spot a Good Quality Product
The argan tree is a millennial kind of tree. It has a very long history among the people of the Atlas Mountains. It grows mostly in the desert areas of the South East of Morocco.
The fruits of this tree are the size and aspect of a nut. It has an extremely tough shell that hosts up to three argan almonds (kernels). It is these argan almonds that give the precious oil, but not with ease.
The traditional cold pressed method involves rustic stone tools. Women use these rustic tools to mash the argan kernels into a paste. That paste is then kneaded to squeeze out all the oil.
The Smell of Argan Oil
In all this extraction process there is one catch that makes a huge difference in the resulting product. The argan nuts are usually eaten by goats, but being so tough to digest, they end up being regurgitated. Gross, I know!
Nonetheless, there are many people who use these leftover argan nuts. The oils thus obtained are low quality, and have a very foul smell.
The really good Argan oils, high quality and expensive ones, are obtained from hand-picked nuts. They are then washed and dried in the sun before being processed (manually). The quality of the oil is also influenced by the drying time of the argan kernels.
This process created whole new perspectives for the Berber women in Morocco. Their Government has taken measures to plant more trees each year, and to create more jobs for women this way.
Socially and economically speaking, Argan trees and the extraction of the oil are a very important thing in Morocco. Environmentally speaking, it is very safe to obtain this precious oil.
You see, the use of Argan oil for hair growth has a long tradition and history behind it. Although there’s not much science backing up its benefits, the Moroccan people and their ancestors knew what they were doing.
Here’s a very interesting video about the trees and the extraction of Argan oil:
The rich composition of the oil makes it precious in skin care as well. Argan oil is non comedogenic, with a rating of 0.
Though in some sources it’s stated a rating of 2, the idea is that this oil has a very low comedogenicity level. That makes it safe to be used even on oily and acne prone skin types.
- It is a great emollient and nourishing oil.
- Argan has great anti-aging and antioxidant properties.
- It can also help even out the skin tone and maintain the skin fair. Argan oil can also be used to fade away scars and strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.
Argan oil is great for hair growth treatments, especially mixed with powerful essential oils. But it is also great in skin care.
Note* Argan oil is safe to be used on children that are not allergic to nuts. It is gentle and very nourishing, being easily absorbed.
How to Recognize a Good Quality Argan Oil
There are two types of Argan oils. One is used in cooking and the other in beauty. The first oil is extracted from the roasted argan kernels. Its smell and color will not be the same as the oil used in cosmetics. It is usually darker.
A good quality Argan oil to be used for hair growth and not only should have a lemony color (light yellow). The smell of this Argan oil should be light and nutty – sweet.
Another important trait of a good quality product is its processing method. It should state whether it’s been hand-picked or not.
On top of these criteria, the oil should have its Latin name mentioned on the label. The extraction method (cold pressed) should also be mentioned. And finally, you should be given access to the oil’s GC-MS report to see its chemical profile.
Here we are, at the end of a long article! Hopefully, it’s been as informative as it was for me to find out. The oil of Argan is so simple to use and it can be incorporated in almost all your hair care products. Not to mention the many ways in which you can actually use this oil to get a beautiful hair.
It is worth it! Using hot oil masks and shampoo with Argan oil has made a beautiful difference for my hair. I am always happy to alternate between oils for my nourishing masks.
Using Argan oil for hair growth may take some time to see the results you want. Remember that this is a complementary therapy! Meaning you can use it in parallel with your doctor’s prescription for hair loss.
What do you think about the benefits of Argan oil for hair growth? Have you ever used it this way and noticed any changes? I’ll look forward for your comments and observations, if you have any.