Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:35

Argan Oil

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Argan oil is worthy of the "holy grail" title oil for both skin and hair. It can be used alone or blended, especially with coconut oil.

Argan oil is made from the edible part of the nuts inside the shell of the fruit of the Argan tree. The Argan tree is native to the southwestern areas of Morocco. It has gained in popularity in recent decades throughout the world because of the medical benefits of its extracted oil Moroccans have been benefiting from for generations. In fact, Berber women have used it for centuries as a beauty treatment for skin and hair.

Naturally occurring fatty Acids make up about four fifths of the Argan oil compound. Along with  Vitamin E, lipid compounds derived from fatty acids, carotenoids, polyphenoles, acids and antioxidants, Argan oil provides a myriad of benefits for cardiovascular health, high blood pressure and hypertension type ailments.  It can also reduce the appearance of stretchmarks.

The benefits of Argan oil are multi-fold. It nourishes the skin, keeping it moisturized and protecting against environmental damage. It also repairs damaged skin and reduces wrinkles. When taken internally, it aids in digestion and decreases bad cholesterol absorption. When used on the hair and scalp, Argan oil strengthens and adds shine and luster without building up.

Argan oil is beneficial for people recovering from conditions which have affected the health and growth process of the hair such as alopecia and thyroid disorders. It helps improve the hair’s elasticity and smooths the cuticle.

It is not necessary to heat the Argan oil before using it on your hair. The best way to use it for intensive repair is to

  • First, detangle your hair.
  • Smooth a generous amount of oil on your scalp and throughout your hair, from scalp to ends.
  • Massage gently and distribute the oil evenly.
  • Wrap your hair in a hot towel or plastic wrap/cap with a hot towel over the top.
  • Allow to remain on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Use a gentle shampoo and wash the oil out.

You can also use a little oil on your hair and scalp daily, between washes.

{googleads}Argan Oil is very beneficial for transitioners and newly nappturals who are experiencing dryness and damage. I highly recommend using Argan oil on “scab hair”, the damaged, rough, brittle hair that sometimes emerges from the follicles after stopping the relaxer. If you suffer from painful scalp, Argan oil can be used with Lavender EO for a soothing and healing balm. Lavender and Argan work together to create a hair healing powerhouse.

So if you suffer from hairloss or damage, Argan Oil should be in your regimen.

Last modified on Friday, 17 November 2017 03:18
Patricia "Deecoily" Gaines

Patricia Gaines aka Deecoily is the founder and creator of Nappturality in 2002, the beginning of the natural hair movement. Since 2000 she has been blogging on all things natural hair, Black culture and politics.

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