Focus on argan oil

14 Feb

I thought I would do a post on argan oil.  I haven’t used this oil yet but it’s something I’ve been mulling.  I thought I would share my research with you.

Referred to as ‘liquid gold’, argan oil is one of those oils that has been around for ages but has gained immense popularity in recent years.  It is added to so many hair care products right now.  I like to refer to it as the ‘flavour of the moment’.  The oil is produced from the nuts of the argan tree which is is grown almost exclusively in Morocco.  Traditionally the oil was made by harvesting undigested argan pits from the waste of goats which eat the fruit.

Argan oil contains a high concentration of vitamin e, fatty acids and natural antioxidants.  In hair, it has the benefit of infiltrating the hair shaft and improving elasticity.  It is also non greasy, sealing in moisture and adding lustre and shine to the hair.

So how can this oil be used for the hair?   Because argan oil (in its pure form) is really expensive (I got a quote from a health shop of the equivalent of US$25 for a 50ml bottle) many women choose to mix it with other carrier oils (like jojoba, coconut, castor, sweet almond etc) to make it last longer.  It can be used as a pre shampoo treatment (mixed in with conditioner or other oils), a few drops can be applied to damp / moisturised hair to help seal in moisture, a few drops can also be used before styling (especially when styling with heat).  As for skin, it is great for anti – aging, wrinkle reduction, acne, psoriasis, eczema, stretch marks, sunburn and many other skin conditions.

As I mentioned above some brands are adding argan oil to some of their products.  Crème of Nature has a whole argan oil range.  Another brand that is gaining momentum right now is Moroccan Oil.

I will let you know if I give it a try.


10 Responses to “Focus on argan oil”

  1. millie 14 February, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    A freind of mine has natural hair and rocks her hair everyday with this oil and her hair looks beautiful !! please do tell where you purchase it

    • Tendayi 15 February, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      Hi Millie. In South Africa it is available at some health shops. Your does your friend live and where does she get it?

      • millie 15 February, 2012 at 9:46 am #

        She lives in the states ,by the way your blog is soo inspiring !!!!keep up the good work dear

      • Tendayi 15 February, 2012 at 10:08 am #

        Thank you Millie 🙂

  2. Tami 14 February, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Help,ma hair is so scanty n breaks easily….

  3. Tazchabz 15 February, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Ah iv looked for this in lotsa places in zim and i cnt find any. Do u kw any specific health stores in s.a preferably in the joburg or cape town area

    • Tendayi 16 February, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      The shop that gave me a quotation is a shop in Pretoria. Its a health shop at Glenfair Shopping Centre along Lynwood road. Their number is 012 348 6110. Its also not easy to find in SA. I think its because of the cost.

  4. Nancy 17 February, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi. Am so lovn this blog. Am keen to try the Morrocan oil products when I can get over the hefty price tag.

    • Tendayi 17 February, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Thanks Nancy. I appreciate it.

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