The Reason You Should Be Using Argan Oil On Your Hair

Hair oils are quickly becoming a must when it comes to keeping your hair healthy, shiny, and strong. And while you're probably aware of the benefits of more common products like coconut oil, you may not know very much about argan oil. "Argan oil is an age-old beauty secret that has many uses, helping to hydrate and soften your hair." Moroccanoil Artistic Director Kevin Hughes told Byrdie. "With its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E, the benefits of argan oil naturally help increase hair's elasticity and consistently restore shine to dull, lifeless hair. It is also a powerful antioxidant, UV-protector, and free radical neutralizer."

The reason argan oil is so good for your hair is that it contains vitamin E. "Whether we realize it or not, we put our hair through a lot of damage with everyday pollution, chemical treatments, and hot tools," celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons explained to Byrdie. "Vitamin E helps keep your follicles free from damage while helping to prevent splitting and breakage," he continued. The best part? You can use argan oil in many different ways.

Argan oil can be used as a styling product or hair mask

One of the main ways you can use argan oil is as a hair mask. According to Fitzsimons, "Argan oil is amazing in hair masks, particularly if you have damaged hair. The vitamin E in the oil helps smooth frayed hair shafts and seal split ends while the omega fatty acids work to strengthen your hair, so leaving on for 15 to 30 minutes as a mask is a fantastic way to reap the benefits of argan oil." 

However, he is also a big advocate for using argan oil as a heat protectant. "I like argan oil as an ingredient in heat protection products because it's very nourishing and conditioning for the hair, and it provides great slip that makes styling easier." 

Better still, argan oil can also work as a scalp treatment. "Because argan oil is rich in antioxidants, it can be an effective scalp treatment," Fitzsimons revealed to Byrdie. "It can help reduce the scalp inflammation that leads to dandruff, itchiness, and other scalp issues." Talk about multipurpose!