ARGAN OIL

argan oil

argan oil

The tree from which argan oil is produced in called scientifically Argania spinosa.

Before modern times, the Berbers of ancient Morocco would collect undigested argan pits from the waste of goats which climb the trees to eat their fruit. The pits were then ground and pressed to make the nutty oil used in cooking and cosmetics. However, the oil used in cosmetic and culinary products available for sale today has most likely been harvested directly from the tree and processed with machines.

The argania spinosa is actually a shrub and not a tree. It is found more commonly in the Sous valley area of Morocco. In fact, the oil extracted from the trees is also widely referred to as Moroccan oil, in homage to the native land in which the tree is found. The argania spinosa may also be found in other areas such as the Tindouf region of Algeria.

The oil extracted from the seeds of the fruit from the Argania spinosa shrub is full of fatty acids, phenols and tocopherols (vitamin E). Some of the fatty acids present in Argan oil are alpha-linolenic, linoleic, myristic, oleic, palmitic and stearidonic acids. Argan oil is also one of the richest sources of vitamin E.

Argan oil, when consumed, offers several health and nutritional advantages. It has antioxidant properties, important in warding off cancer. It is an anti-inflammatory and has been shown to help with joint and muscle pains related to arthritis and rheumatism. Argan oil is felt to help enhance digestion and is therefore recommended for some stomach problems. It has been links with improvements in blood circulation, reductions of bad cholesterols and boosting the immune system. It may also boost energy levels.

Vitamin E is great for skin and hair issues. The presence of this vitamin in Argan oil helps the skin to heal more readily from scars, especially those brought on by chicken pox, acne, eczema, burn abrasions and psoriasis. It contributes to younger looking skin by decreasing evidences of aging skin by making wrinkles and fine lines less pronounced. It helps to retain moisture in the skin while protecting against the dangerous rays of the sun, contributing to overall healthier skin and hair.

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How to use Argan oil for hair?

You can use Argan oil:

  • As a hair styling product
  • As a hair heat protector
  • As a hair deep leave-in-treatment
  • As a hair hot-oil-treatment
  • As a hair growth-treatment
  • As a treatment for a scalp condition

Experiment with small amounts first; 1-2 drops or less, and then increase gradually if needed. Our sprayer has been carefully chosen to allow for dispensing of small amounts without any waste.

argan oil before-after

argan oil before-after

Argan oil for hair styling

No matter the style you are going for,

No matter your hair type: dry, brittle, unmanageable, frizzy, thin, thick, coarse, straight, wavy, curly, or coily, Argan oil will add shine, tame frizz, help straighten your hair, or enhance your natural curls.

Apply Argan oil for a natural, flexible, long lasting hold. Without stiffness or stickiness your style will stay in place all day long.

To eliminate contact friction and prevent hair breakage, apply Argan oil to wet hair prior to using a round brush and a hair dryer to straighten wavy hair.

Apply Argan oil to enhance curls and boost volume prior to using a curling iron.

Or to simply air dry and manually style for a polished natural look.

The best part is that Argan oil does not just provide long lasting, weightless-hold styling, it also nourishes and protects hair from thermal styling and environmental factors.

Style your hair with Argan oil in 3 easy steps: 

  • Dry your wet clean hair with a towel until damp
  • Spray the appropriate amount for your hair on your palms and rub it gently into your hair from ends to roots.  Go very light on the roots
  • Style hair as desired

You can apply Argan oil on dry hair as well. However if you use heat styling tools to dry your hair, it is recommended to apply Argan oil first to protect it from thermal styling damage.

Extra fine thin hair:

To boost volume on fine thin hair without weighing it down, you must use Argan oil sparingly!

  • Spray less than one drop on your hand palms
  • Rub it on your face and body parts
  • Rub the leftovers on your hair by touching it lightly from ends to roots

Thick curly hair/ Afro American Hair:

Apply generous amounts of Argan oil to enhance natural curls/coils.

  • Dry your wet clean hair with a towel until damp
  • Take a section of hair and rub Argan oil into it starting at the ends. The amount of Argan oil depends on the length and thickness of the hair section. Remember small sections are usually easier to work with and often curl better
  • Repeat process until all hair sections are done
  • Style as usual

Can I use Argan oil as a Heat Protector?

If you want to keep your hair healthy you should never expose it to high temperature without protecting it first. Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons deplete hair’s natural oils, destroy vital proteins and weaken hair’s hydrolipidic film.

Argan oil will not just protect your hair from getting fried; it will also nourish and repair your hair.

Argan oil as a Deep Leave-In Treatment

Frequent coloring, styling, and washing is damaging to hair.

You must apply a deep repair treatment once a week to replenish and rehydrate your hair.

To moisturize brittle parched hair back to vitality please follow these steps:

  • Take a section of hair and rub a generous amount of Argan oil into it starting at the roots and down to the ends. The amount of Argan oil depends on the length and thickness of the hair section as well as on your hair condition
  • Repeat process until all hair sections are done
  • Spray more Argan oil on your finger tips and gently massage the oil in small circular movements deeply into your scalp
  • Leave Argan oil in for 1-3 hours and wash with a gentle shampoo
  • To restore brittle damaged hair, it is recommended to leave it overnight
  • Repeat at least once a week or more frequently depending on your hair condition

Argan oil as a Hot-Oil-Treatment

  • Follow steps 1-3 in above section
  • Cover hair with a towel or with a plastic cap
  • Sit in Sauna or under a hooded dryer for 15-30 minutes
  • Wash with a gentle shampoo

Argan oil as a Hair-Growth-Treatment

Before applying Argan oil as a hair growth treatment on your scalp it is crucial you increase your skin’s absorption capacity by removing dead skin cells, sebum, and everyday dirt and debris fully and thoroughly. These pore-clogging impurities inhibit the growth of new hair and constitute a barrier for Argan oil to penetrate easily, deeply and intensely.

Argan oil is rich in Vitamin F which is used to repair and create tissue in the body and stimulate skin and hair growth.

  • Exfoliate your scalp with Rhassoul Clay
  • Wash your hair and dry it until damp with a soft towel
  • Spray Argan oil on your finger tips and massage it gently in slow circular movements deeply into your scalp for 10-15 minutes
  • Repeat 1-3 times a week

Can I use Argan oil on my dry itchy scalp?

Argan oil has proven to be efficient in the treatment of several scalp conditions; such as seborrhea, dandruff, psoriasis, dermatitis, itchy scalp, and oily scalp. 

Several scalp conditions are associated with sebum; over-production of skin’s natural oil.

Please follow these steps:

  • Always remove excess sebum, dead skin cells and other pore clogging impurities prior to applying Argan oil on your scalp. Clogged pores cause hair loss and prevent Argan oil from penetrating easily and deeply into your skin
  • To remove excess sebum exfoliate your scalp with Rhassoul Clay
  • Spray Argan oil on your finger tips and massage it deeply into your scalp for 10 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a week, depending on how severe your scalp condition is
  • Continue applications until healing is achieved

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Rhassoul Clay-Argana Vita-oil

Rhassoul Clay-Argana Vita-oil

 

 

sources:
 http://healthers.org/argan-oil/
https://www.arganavita.com/how-to-use-argan-oil-for-hair
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argan_oil

 

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