10 Amazing Benefits of Argan Oil For Hair

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Argan oil is a deeply hydrating natural oil, rich in natural polyphenols, which promotes healthy hair. Using argan oil for hair is a popular technique to improve the growth, luster, and texture of the hair and the scalp, but before using it, you should know what it does and the possible side effects.

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a specific type of plant oil that is extracted from the kernel (nut) of the argan tree. Commonly employed for both culinary and cosmetic uses, it has become popular in America and other western countries for its effects on the skin and hair. Argan oil is densely packed with important nutrients, including vitamin E, carotenes, fatty acids, tyrosol, catechins, caffeic acid, and other powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances. This is also known as a carrier oil and can be combined with other essential oils for a more powerful natural remedy. The industry for this useful oil involved more than 2 million people, and is a critical export, both for local economies and for the appearance of people’s hair around the world!

A bottle of argan oil and a bowl of argan nuts on a wooden table

Argan Oil Benefits for Hair

The top benefits of argan oil for hair include:

Hair Growth

Argan oil is rich in natural phenols and vitamin E that help improve the health of hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Pure argan oil is massaged into the scalp and used as an overnight mask to help grow strong, thick hair which has a natural shine.

Frizzy Hair

The physiological impact of argan oil on the hair is quite obvious, and it is well known to be able to tame even the frizziest hair and even eliminate split ends. This can improve the overall appearance and texture of the hair, as the oil is absorbed into the strands of hair and is allowed to deliver its rich supply of nutrients.

Dry Scalp

Hair health often begins with the health of the scalp, and argan oil’s high concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients allows it to eliminate conditions on the scalp that may cause dry skin


The golden liquid can regulate sebum production in the scalp, which makes it an effective chemical-free remedy to fight dandruff. The natural bioactive compounds help soothe the inflamed scalp, reduce itchiness and redness, and keep it clean. For best results, apply a few drops of pure oil warmed between your palms into freshly shampooed, damp hair.

Hair Loss

Losing your hair can be a worrying situation for anyone, of any gender, but argan oil can be used effectively to strengthen the hair follicles and make hair loss far less likely.

Heat Styling Protection

If you regularly use a blow dryer, this can cause damage to your hair, making it more difficult to control and style. However, argan oil can provide some protection against this common issue that people around the world suffer.

Hair Conditioner/Moisturizer

Conditioning the hair and moisturizing the scalp, this oil can prevent many of the problems with hair, such as unpleasant texture and a lack of moisture that can cause brittle or delicate hair. The high oleic acid content lubricates the dry hair and locks moisture into it.

Curl and Shape

Many people struggle to control or shape their hair, but argan oil works as a natural styling assistant, holding hair in place and keeping it looking great, even when you apply other products or try out new hairstyles.

Damaged Hair

Pure argan oil is a non-irritating oil and its deeply moisturizing abilities can help reverse the damage caused by chemicals and excessive treatments on hair. It helps normalize the hair texture and makes it soft, silky and healthy.

Cleaning Scalp

Moroccan argan oil has become a popular ingredient in many shampoo formulations.  The polyphenols, present in argan oil, has antiviral and antimicrobial properties which help keep the scalp clean and restores the natural shine and luster of hair.

How to Use Argan Oil for Hair?

There are a number of ways to use argan oil for hair, including:

  • Hair conditioner
  • Hair mask
  • Treatment for dry skin
  • Styling agent
  • As a means of improving the luster and appearance of the hair

Depending on the concentration of argan oil you use, as well as how long you leave it on the hair, it can have different effects.

  • When applying this oil to the hair, you can simply put 8-10 drops in your palm and gently rub your hands through your hair.
  • You can leave the oil in the hair, without washing it out, as it will quickly be absorbed by the scalp and hair.
  • You can add a few drops of essential oil to your bottle of argan oil to change the aroma of the hair, and boost it with even more antioxidants and volatile compounds.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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