If you’re a beauty freak like me, chances are you’ve heard about peeps going on and on about the fabulosity that is Argan oil. So, what’s all the fuss about? I actually wrote an article about it for an Aussie mag the other day and had to do a little research, so I can actually give you the low down…
Argan oil is comes from the kernels of the Argan tree that is indigenous to Morocco. It’s a fab source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E as well as essential fatty acids. Its become a super-popular ingredient in skin and hair care products of late ‘cos it’s able to nourish, hydrate and protect, polish and de-frizz while adding a bit of natural UV protection.
A tres popular hair and skincare range that makes use of Argan oil is Moroccanoil. It’s been available overseas for a while now, but has only just hit SA shores. I got to try their star product Moroccanoil oil treatment for hair, R315, and am quite impressed with it.
Essentially, Moroccanoil oil treatment is a serum that promises to condition, revive and add elasticity and shine to your hair while reducing drying time. (I have no clue how it does the latter… I’ve googled the shizz outta that and nobody can tell me how it does that…) It’s got a silky serumy texture, a bit like John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease serum and an interesting musky minty scent that, once on your hair, isn’t obtrusive and won’t compete with your perfume.
The first time I used it, I rubbed two big-ass pumps all over my hair and ended up with slightly greasy-looking roots. Oops. Round two went muuuch better in that I only used it on my lengths, while wet, and then gave my hair a quick blow dry. I liked how it made my hair much easier to comb out, but didn’t notice a reduction in drying time. I also liked that despite being labelled as an ‘oil’, when I used it this way, it didn’t weigh my fine, grease-prone hair down in the least and left it with a soft, silky texture. In regards to shine, I’m quite lucky in that my super-straight fine-textured hair is already prone to a bit o’ gleam-age. However, if I applied the product to my locks after it was dry, it bumped up my shine-factor to the max.
Some Argan oil purists have a bit of an issue with Moroccan oil because it isn’t pure Argan oil. Instead, it’s a mix of silicones and fragrance with a decent amount of the oil mixed into it. As I haven’t tried Argan oil all by itself, I can’t make any comparisons myself, but like the product as is. Stars like Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, Amanda Seyfried, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rosario Dawson (the list goes on…) are fans too. (Apparently Fergie Ferg likes to soak her hair in it overnight after she takes out her extensions.) It also won a reader’s choice award from Allure magazine.
Keen to give it a bash yourself? Look out for the Moroccanoil range in selected hair salons countrywide. To find your nearest stockist, call Twincare, the local distributors, on (011) 11 305 1600.