Argan oil has been around for a long time, but it’s only recently that the cosmetics industry seems to have grabbed onto it with eager hands, touting it as a super-trendy ingredient. Argan oil is made from green nuts of Argan tree found mostly in Morocco. It is a very rare oil because of the scarcity of the argan tree, but it has many benefits and uses, including a lot of dietary and supposed health benefits. When it comes to beauty, the main attraction is how argan oil helps to strengthen and nourish hair and skin. Argan oil has anti-aging anti-wrinkle properties, and can also help quickly cure burns or other inflammatory bruises on skin. Some tout it as beneficial in getting rid of dandruff and in being naturally protective against ultraviolet radiation.
Here are some brands of hair care products that feature argan oil. Which one will be your favorite?
Hera was the wife a of Zeus in Greek Mythology and the Queen to all of the gods. She was also the goddess and protector of women and marriage, but she was also a jealous woman who didn’t take kindly to Zeus’s lovers and offspring. But in today’s world, HERA is also the name of an argan oil product that is a protector of skin and hair.
HERA Argan Oil for Skin And Hair ($45.00 4 fl. oz.) arrives in a white package with shiny metallic gold key design on the outside. The product inside is housed in a big, amber glass bottle with black pump top. The product (obviously) contains argan oil, but it also has something more high tech, an ingredient called Parasol SLX) that helps to product hair color from fading due to UV rays. Parasol SLX also enhances shine and makes hair softer an protects hair against daily environmental stress and against damage from heat styling. And “EFA Complex” hydrates and helps nourish the hair cuticle from within, and it also moisturizes scalp and hair, and Omega-3 provides nourishment and helps encourage new hair growth and prevent hair loss. Apricot kernel also nourishes and strengthens, and olive and grapeseed oils do the same. Apparently, grapeseed oil is also beneficial to mitigate the symptoms of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, and also seals in moisture to strengthen hair. Finally, the fruity floral and mildly exotic scent of the product is in part, thanks to slightly spicy and lemony, bergamot,
The Hera Argon oil is mostly for hair, although you can use it on your skin as well On hair, you can use this as a treatment at night or as a detangler. The oils let you use it as frizz fighter (but don’t overdo the amount). If your hair is about ready for washing, that’s the day to add some more argon oil. I’d use it at the beach, when you are pulling your hair back and will be washing it later on. Some people use it insted of a skin moisturizer. I like to spritz it on my hands to make them feel like dry, and to pamper them. Unlike some oily products, this one just soaks in quickly and doesn’t feel grmpeasy. On extra dry skin, especially on hands and feet and ankles, the argan oil is a big plus. Here is a list of all the ways the folks who created HERA think you can use it: http://www.heraoil.com/usage.html.
The large, 4 oz. bottle is enough to get you through the Winter and well into the months that follow. Argan Oil is one of those hot and trendy ingredients that everyone seems to want these days. You have plenty of choices. But this one is particularly pleasant to use. You can find HERA in a number of places online, anlso at: http://www.heraoil.com
Agadir is is a major city in southwest Morocco, known as number one destination for vacationers in Morocco. Agadir is known as the “Nice of Morocco,” a fantastic beachfront destination for leisure, water sports and coastal recreation. Agadir is definitely an exotic place to visit.
It wouldn’t surprise you to learn, then, that Agadir Hair Products are somewhat exotic too. Their key ingredient is also Argan oil extracted from an exotic nut of the Moroccan Argan Tree. It’s lightweight and non greasy, but very emollient. It infuses skin and hair with vitamins, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids that soothe, protect, and nourish dry and itchy scalp and skin. Some argan oil products can weigh hair down, but this one really does do a great job conditioning your hair. This is particularly relevant as the Winter dries out skin and hair so much, leaving hair dull and frizzy, and scalp, dry and itchy. You may notice more flakes on your clothing, but that doesn’t mean you have a chronic skin condition, It just may mean that your scalp is dry from Winter’s saboteurs. Agadir’s hair products, can help!
Just as with skin care, the Winter is the time to beef up the hydration and emollient ingredients in your products. Don’t le the word “oil” scare you off. You aren’t going to end up with an oil slick on your head. I like the nourishing Agadir Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Shampoo (around $19.00 12 oz.). This is a gentle, sulfate-free and paraben-free moisturizing product that’s also really great for color treated hair. With 100% pure and certified Argan oil and a softly lathering feel, you’l find that your hair looks shinier, and feels softer and less dry and frizzy. Like other argan infused hair products, this one is fortifid with Vitamin E, antioxidants and unsaturated essential fatty acids with Omega-6 & Omega-9 to keep hair healthy. Ideal for all hair types, it’s also sulfate and paraben free. The Argan Oil Conditioner at an srp of $21.00 for 12 oz. isn’t inexpensive, either, but it has many benefits to get you through a dry, itchy Winter (or any season). Agadir Argan Oil Conditioner (around $19.00 12 oz.). This is a sulfate- and paraben-free, multi-tasking moisturizer that de-tangles, smoothes, shines and helps to combat dry, frizzy hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner have a light, fresh scent, and I love the amber bottles! These, and the other Agadir hair products, are well worth the money, especially in those months and for those times when you really need to pay more attention to your hair and scalp. You can find Agadir in mass market retailers but you can also see all the products they offer at: http://www.agadirint.com/
The first product I ever heard of that used argan oil was Moroccanoil® . The light blue and orange labels are almost iconic by now and there really is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for the products. I know plenty of women, including discerning beauty editors, who swear by Morocconoil products, and won’t use anything else. I can also name a number of celebrities with gorgeous hair that swear it’s due to Moroccanoil products, too.
The line of Moroccanoil products include: Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner, Moroccanoil Hair Treatment, Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream, Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream, and Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask. The products are in line with other luxury argan oil products. For example, the original Moroccanoil runs about $40.00 for a 3.4 oz. bottle. An 8.5 fl. oz. bottle of shampoo or conditioner runs about $22.00
Moroccanoil has somewhat of a cult following. Like all products with argan oil, a little goes a long way as it’s very nourishing and rich. I tend to reach for it only when my hair feels “compromised.” However, if you are a woman who is transitioning her hair back to natural, these types of products should be used regularly to help strengthen and protect. I like to use Morocconoil products during or after a day at the beach. I’ll tuck a travel sized bottle into my suitcase, for sure. But while they make my hair look and feel amazingly shiny and feel amazingly soft, it’s just too much for every day (but that’s a personal statement, your hair may need more TLC). However, Morocconoil products are a must for Winter. Just use it judiciously. You can get Morocconoil products in tons of places, but you can also find it online on the Morocconoil Web Site: http://www.moroccanoilproducts.com/
Last year The Advice Sisters did a review of some major companies that chose to “go greener” in 2012, and one of those companies was Garnier. Another company that cares about the environment and is going greener, is Garnier. They were the first haircare brand at the mass market level to re-do their entire line of shampoos and conditioners. But more than just being “green,” this beloved mass market brand has plenty of products that do good things for your hair and skin, for less.
During the Winter months when dry heat makes hair full of static and fly-aways (not to mention frizz), it’s nice to know that there is an affordable multi-tasker that can help smooth, shine, fight humidity, and fight frizz and fly-awaysm, all in one little green spray can with bright orange top. The Garnier Sleek Finish 5-in-1 Serum Spray ($5.99 6 oz.) uses the power of Moroccan Argan Oil to give hair all that it needs to survive the Winter. As with all Argan oil products, a little goes a long way so you don’t need to over-do it. But the spray diffuser nozzle produces a fine mist and a light touch plus a light, fruity fragrance. . Our reviewers liked it–a lot! Even if you’re not on a budget, this is a great product to try. Find Garnier products in drug and mass market retailers or visit http://www.garnierusa.com
Last on this list, (but definitely not the least) on the Advice Sisters radar screen when it comes to argan oil products, is a lovely little roller-ball full of Fair Trade Argan oil, from Melvita. You can get a bottle of the oil as well, but roller-balls are just the most perfect way to bring what you need, wherever you want to go and this one is just $15.00 for a ,33 fl. oz. bottle. You simply can’t go wrong! Rich in Vitamin E and soothing properties, use it to protect skin, hair and nails from premature aging, UV exposure, and other environmental factors. The oil is cold-pressed, extracted from raw hand-crushed kernals and this processing is cone through an Aunarha women’s co-operative in Essaouira ( a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast). The organic oil is colorant and preservative free, certified by ECOCERT GREENLIFE according to ECOCERT Standard, with 100% of the total ingredients from natural origin and 100% of the total ingredients from Organic Farming.
For all these reasons, I find this Melvita roller-ball to be one of the most appealing way to use Argan Oil. Roll this argan oil right onto lips. Mix a drop with your moisturizer, dab it directly on dry spots on your skin, or massage some into your nails. It was a beekeeper, a lover of nature and beauty, that founded MELVITA in 1983, The company has grown to be one of France’s leading brands of natural and organic cosmetics. You can buy products online at: http://usa.melvita.com and there is a store finder on the website as well.