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Want silky, soft and shiny hair to rival a runway model or one of the royals? It’s easier than you may think, especially with the massive range of professional haircare products on the market. However, one ingredient we keep coming back to is botanical ‘miracle worker’ argan oil.
Argan oil is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ for its beautifying properties. Not only does it nourish, strengthen and smooth the hair, but it also has similar benefits for the skin. Throw in the fact that it’s fully natural and free of nasties, and we’ve got ourselves a winner.
It’s no wonder people have been obsessing over this ingredient for decades! Keep on reading to discover what exactly makes it so incredibly special, and a little about our go-to argan enriched brands.
The thing about argan oil is that it’s found in just one country worldwide — Morocco. This desert region is the only spot where the argan tree will grow. When the kernels fall, the oil can be extracted via cold pressing, which is usually done by the locals by hand.
Argan oil is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that can assist with perfecting the hair and skin. It’s rich in Vitamin E, which prevents against free radical damage and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids help keep hair and skin nourished and hydrated, smoothing and preventing against breakage or dryness.
When you apply argan oil regularly to the hair and scalp, in whatever form you choose, you’ll notice your hair feels thicker and appears shinier. It will also be stronger, protected against damage, and feel silky and hydrated. Argan oil is also lightweight, meaning even thin hair types can benefit from using it in their routines.
For the skin, argan oil is an expert hydrator that also keeps skin covered against free radical damage from the elements. It assists with improving elasticity, so is great for mature skin types, however practically any complexion will benefit from this miracle oil.
Now that we’ve established that you totally need argan oil in your beauty routine (seriously, no questions asked), you’re probably wondering where you can get it. Many haircare and skincare brands are tapping into the benefits of this ingredient, but some have proven their products to be head and shoulders above the rest. Here are our favourite, go-to brands for argan oil products.
Moroccanoil: Carmen Tal, the founder of this ever-popular brand, discovered Moroccan argan oil whilst travelling in the Mediterranean. After experiencing a hair mishap, she visited a local salon and had this miraculous ingredient used on her locks. Her dry, damaged hair immediately looked and felt better than ever! Upon returning home, she made a plan to harness the power of Moroccan argan oil into a brand — thus, Moroccanoil was born!
The Moroccanoil brand boasts shampoos, conditioners, styling products, treatments and more in their arsenal. The Original Oil Treatment is by far the bestseller in the range, as it features pure argan oil in all its glory. Other favourites include the Intense Hydrating Mask and the Glimmer Shine Spray.
Read more: Here’s What You Need to Know About Moroccanoil Haircare
Babyliss Pro Argan Oil: From electrical hair styling brand Babyliss Pro comes their Argan Oil range, which focuses more on day-to-day haircare, showing dedicated customers how this amazing ingredient can complement their styling routine. From their pure Argan Oil to the Moisture Repair Shampoo, Strong Hold Hair Spray and more, their range is diverse and features products suited to a range of hair types.
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil: From cult skincare brand The Ordinary comes their answer to beautiful skin and hair, their 100% Cold-Pressed Argan Oil. Coming in at less than your average avocado toast, this 30ml bottle gives you a lot of bang for your buck, as you won’t need more than a few drops per use. Apply a little to clean skin after cleansing and massage in gently for added hydration and a smoothing, nourishing effect. If you want to use this baby as a treatment for the hair, pop a few drops on the scalp or onto your ends.
Read more: Your Guide to Our Bestsellers From The Ordinary
Silk Oil of Morocco: We’ve recently loaded up on all the new products from exciting argan oil-enriched brand Silk Oil of Morocco, and we’re absolutely loving them. With a huge range that includes argan-based hair and skin essentials, Silk Oil of Morocco products only use the finest ingredients, and are entirely cruelty-free. The majority are also vegan, good news for our ethical babes! Currently, our customers seem to be raving about the Gel Cleansing Facial Wash, the Hair and Skin Treatment and the Leave-In Conditioning Spray.
Nak Aromas range: From award-winning professional haircare brand Nak comes their Aromas range, which draws on the powers of nourishing, smoothing argan oil as its primary ingredient. Boasting shampoos, conditioners, treatments, sprays and more, this range is designed to cater to a variety of hair types. Blondes will love the Aromas Blonde Shampoo with Argan Oil, whereas anyone trying to tackle frizzies should opt for the Aromas Smooth Straightening Creme with Argan Oil. There’s also curl creams, split end hydrators and more within this unique product line.
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