What is argan oil and why should you use it for your hair?
“Miracle oil.” “Liquid Gold.” Argan oil goes by many names, and it’s an MVP in the beauty world. If you’re wondering why—and, also, what is argan oil—here’s the back-story: Argan oil is derived from argan nuts, which (surprise) grow on argan trees, which are usually found in the southwestern region of Morocco. It can take several days to get just a liter of argan oil, since the argan nut kernels have to be removed from the shell and then ground up into oil by hand.
But the work—and the wait—is worth it. The benefits of argan oil for hair come from its long list of beneficial ingredients and antioxidants, like vitamin E, ferulic acid, and fatty acids. This gives it a one-two punch of being a deeply nourishing ingredient (and therefore a potent hair moisturizer) and a protective one, since antioxidants are your first line of defense against aggressors like UV rays and pollution. Argan oil on hair will not only improve its hydration, but also gives it a healthy, luminous sheen however you choose to use it. Here, a few ways to reap argan oil benefits for hair.