by Nichole Dawkins | Aug 01 2017
If you’re not using Argan Oil on your natural hair you definitely should be! Like Coconut Oil, Argan Oil is packed with benefits and can be even more effective when used on natural hair.
So what makes this liquid gold so amazing?
Argan Oil is super rich with vitamins A, C and E, plus it is loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. When used for beauty purposes, Argan Oil boosts cell production which results in healthier skin and hair – that’s why many of the high-end beauty products include Argan oil on the list of ingredients.
Now I have to admit, Argan Oil isn’t cheap. And the small bottle size you will probably get may leave you feeling a little short changed. But a little really does goes a long way, and a small bottle can last you a very long time, making the it an excellent value in comparison.
So what exactly can you use Argan Oil for? Here a few ways it can benefit your natural locks:
Deep conditioning is probably the most important item in your natural hair care routine, and Argan Oil is the perfect product for this treatment. Every couple weeks or so give yourself a nice overnight deep conditioning treatment. After washing your hair, drop a teaspoon or two of Argan Oil in your palms and massage it into your scalp. Apply it all the way to the ends of your hair, and place a shower cap on top for about an hour. Rinse with warm water and say hello to softer, shinier, frizz-free hair. If you have more damaged or dry hair, consider doing this treatment once a week until it improves.
Now when I say heat, I don’t just mean the heat you experience with blow dryer, curling irons or straighteners. While Argan Oil definitely makes a great thermal protector, it is also a natural sunscreen and can keep your hair from getting sun damage. If you have plans to spend time out in the sun, apply a few drops of Argan oil to your hair to prevent sun damage before heading outside. A great tip to lock in the moisture and protect your hair even further is to use protective style such as braids or twists.
For natural hair, it is always good to follow your moisturizing routine with an oil sealant. Different oils penetrate your hair at different levels, and some oils such as Coconut Oil or Sunflower Seed Oil won’t go past the outer cuticle layer. Argan Oil does moisturizing AND seals at the same time! Argan Oil works well to penetrate, coat and lubricate your natural hair to protect it from chemicals in swimming pools or salty sea water. To keep your hair chlorine and salt free, soak your locks in water root to the tip, and then apply a few drops of Argan Oil and massage throughout the hair to lock in moisture and act as a barrier. Don’t forget to repeat the procedure every time you go back in the water!