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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.

Argan Oil Shampoo

One of the major argan oil benefits for hair is its moisturizing ability, which is what makes it a genius ingredient in shampoo. The cleansing agents in shampoos can occasionally work a little too well on dry or damaged hair, making it more prone to frizz. Argan oil shampoo, on the other hand, uses argan oil to offset any dryness, maintaining hair’s smoothness and shine as you cleanse. In Whole Blends Color Care Shampoo with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts, it’s paired with cranberry to protect color and enhance radiance, as the antioxidants in argan oil can defend color against fading. Meanwhile, in Whole Blends Illuminating Shampoo with Moroccan Argan and Camellia Oils Extracts, argan oil and camellia oil moisturize dry, dull hair.

Argan Oil Conditioner

Conditioner is an obvious match for argan oil, thanks to its, well, conditioning properties. Argan oil’s ability to nourish and moisturize hair gives extra power to your average conditioner—and means that an argan oil conditioner is especially beneficial for damaged hair or frizzy hair. Whole Blends Color Care Conditioner with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts delivers color protection benefits thanks to argan oil, which offers a dual benefit of protecting against UV damage (which can fade color) and, of course, softening hair. The potent pairing of camellia oils and argan oils in Whole Blends Illuminating Conditioner Moroccan Argan and Camellia Oils Extracts packs a ton of moisture to reveal silky texture and shine.

Argan Oil Hair Treatment

To get even more of the moisturizing benefits of argan oil on hair, a hair treatment, such as an argan oil hair mask like Whole Blends Color Care Mask with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts, can make a difference in the shine, softness and overall manageability of hair. The Color Care Mask illuminates highlighted and color-treated hair to keep your color vibrant longer, while an argan oil hair mask like Whole Blends Care Cream Hair Mask with Moroccan Argan and Camellia Oils extracts deeply conditions and nourishes hair from root to tip.

More options for different hair type:

Beyond argan oil shampoo, argan oil conditioner, and argan oil hair treatments, there are even more ways to enjoy the benefits of argan oil on hair. Depending on how and when you use them—and, of course, what your hair needs—you can make the most of this miracle oil:


If you have damaged hair, try it as a pre-shampoo conditioner:


15 to 30 minutes before you hop in the shower, prep your hair by distributing a few drops of argan oil throughout it. Massage it into your scalp in a circular motion to stimulate your hair follicles, and then comb it through to coat the mid-lengths to ends of your hair. Not only does it soften and moisturize, but the oil also protects delicate or damaged hair from harsh shampoo formulas. Rinse out with a shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair.


If you have frizzy hair, try it as a hair smoothing serum:


Argan oil is the perfect way to tame flyaway, frizzy hair. You can use the hair moisturizer before you blow-dry your hair to minimize hair damage and to make it look smoother. Just apply a few drops and run through your wet hair before you blow-dry. Argan oil can also tame frizzy hair when it’s dry. Apply a few drops and smooth all over for smooth, shiny hair.


If you have dry hair, try it as a conditioner booster:


Conditioner does exactly what the name implies: It conditions. But if you have straw-like or dry hair, you can turn your conditioner into a deep conditioner with the addition of argan oil. Simply dispense conditioner into your hand as you usually would, add a few drops of argan oil and mix it together. Slather the combination on your hair and let it sink in for three to five minutes. When you rinse, your hair will feel softer and smoother.