Argan oil is popping up as an ingredient in a lot of new hair products and you may be wondering what it is and what it can do for you. The nutrient-rich oil is extracted from the seeds of the Argan tree, which are native to Morocco. The trees are relics of the earth's Tertiary Period (over 1.6 million years ago) and the oil has been used for centuries for medicinal, cosmetic, and culinary purposes.
I was happy to learn that all argan oil is produced by a woman's co-op that is quite socially responsible. They they share their profits with the women of the Berber tribe and the funds help to provide healthcare and education. In addition, they have established a reforestation program in order to ensure that the they can continue to supply the oil and support the local women.
Argan oil is rich in:
- tocopherols (vitamin E)
- essential fatty acids
The benefits of using argan oil on your hair are improved texture, softness and managability, damage repair, added strength, and heat protection. It is often recommended for hair that is coarse, curly, frizzy, or damaged. Several products contain argan oil including Moroccan Oil, DermOrganic Argan Oil, Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment, and Rusk Deepshine Oil.
The kind people over at Rusk have generously given Parlor readers the opportunity to win a full-size bottle of their new hot product. Deepshine Oil promises to prevent color fading, protect against damage, eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. In addition to argan oil, it contains their Marine Nutrient Complex that provides even more vitamins and minerals to replenish your hair's natural balance. I've been using it on my bleached ends and it makes my hair feel like silk. Seriously. I can't keep my hands off my hair.
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