Argan Oil for Hair Growth
A nephew was teaching in an international school in Morrocco, when he discovered the benefits of argan oil.
It all started with his dry skin (which acted up in the Marrakech heat) and friends there recommended using argan oil as moisturiser.
Essence of Argan Oil
Argan oil is produced from the nut of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco.
Prior to this, my only experience with argan oil is in the Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil shampoo that hubby and I have been using – which we love for the smooth and manageable hair that it gave us.
Although I acknowledge the possible benefits of argan oil (as an ingredient used in that shampoo), it didn’t occur to me to try the oil itself on my hair.
I had tried Black Jamaican Castor oil but it doesn’t seem to work as well as it does on hubby (not because it doesn’t help in reducing hair loss or regrowing hair, but more because I don’t quite fancy the thick consistency of the oil).
I”ve always wondered if there are any other types of essential oils that could give the same or better results on hair growth (since I’m not much of a castor oil fan).
So our nephew’s talk on the benefits of argan oil in improving his skin condition triggered me to find out if the oil could result in the same benefits when used on hair.
A lot of the benefits of argan oil has got to do with the fact that the oil is rich in Vitamins A and E. A vitamin E compound called tocopherol present in the oil helps boost cell production. Theoretically, that means it helps to re-generate hair follicles, penetrating the hair strands that in turn would result in healthy hair growth.
Containing anti-oxidant and fatty acids such as Omega 6 and Linoleic acid, argan oil can help to moisturize, simultaneously adds shine to otherwise dull hair.
In my search for Argan oil, I wanted to get an organic cold pressed type because it would defeat the purpose if the oil is chemically-processed with hexane and undesirable ingredients added.
There are certainly many options to choose from, each claiming to do wonders. Most, however, emphasize greater benefits for the skin and doesn’t elaborate much on the hair.
But one brand struck a cord with me – the one by Kate Blanc.
Most of the argan oil featured are for use on nails, skin and hair. But the word “stimulate growth for …. hair” by the Kate Blanc brand caught my attention.
Besides, the fact that the product is rated close to five stars by users convinced me to give it a try.
Just like the Jamaican Black Castor Oil, the argan oil has a nutty smell that might put off some users.
But it’s not as bad as some make it out to be.
I understand that some users use Argan oil on their hair and treat it like a leave-on conditioner. My main objective is to use the oil as ‘hair growth stimulant’, rather than a conditioner.
After thoroughly washing my hair, I apply 3-5 drops onto my scalp, focusing more on the top of my head (where I expect more hair would fall). I then massage my scalp for about 15 minutes to ensure that the oil penetrates into the scalp. Massaging would help with blood circulation that would lead to healthy hair follicles.
Can Argan Oil Help Hair Growth?
It’s been about a month since I started using argan oil on my hair. I use it just once a week.
I can’t say that the oil has helped in stimulating hair growth, considering the short time frame that I started applying it.
However, I have noticed that my hair is now smoother and definitely more manageable, even that I neglect to use any conditioner.
Would I continue to use Argan oil on my scalp?
Well, although I have not (thus far) seen desired results in terms of the speed or amount of hair growing on my scalp, I am happy that the oil helps to smoothen my hair.
At least, I can continue being complacent about using conditioners on my hair!