Like I’ve said before, argan oil’s the hot new ingredient on the beauty block. Another brand that now offers something infused with the wondrous oil a la Morocco is Redken, specifically Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil, R320.
This li’l baby makes use of with omega-6 enriched fair trade argan oil to help nourish, protect and soften dry, brittle hair and can be used in 6 different ways.
Check ‘em out:
1. Use it on wet hair before blow drying to protect your hair from heat damage.
2. Blend two drops of the oil with Redken satinwear 02 ultimate blow dry lotion as a ‘styling shine booster’.
3. Use it as a pre-shampoo treatment by applying a few drops to your scalp, massaging it in and then shampooing and conditioning as per usual after five to ten minutes.
4. Use it as a smoothing serum on dry hair to control frizzy fly-aways.
5. Leave lots of it in your hair overnight to act as a deeply hydrating treatment.
6. Add a few drops to Redken’s All Soft Heavy Cream mask and apply it to towel dried hair. Leave it on for five minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Personally, I’m a fan of ‘use number 1’. I like to run it through the ends of my hair while it’s still damp and then hit up the blow drier. It protects my locks from the heat and leaves my hair feeling super soft and shiny-looking. I like that as long as I don’t get it anywhere near my roots, it doesn’t weigh my hair down.
Now let’s get down to the awkward question that EVERY girl has asked me upon hearing me mention this product and is bound to come up in the comments section; ‘is it as good as Morocconoil?!’
To be perfectly honest, I can’t see any huge differences between the two products. Formulation-wise, they’re both a merry mix of silicone and argan oil. Redken’s smells a bit like cocoa butter and Moroccanoil has a signature minty-musk scent. Price-wise, they both work out to cost exactly the same; R3,80 per ml.
Regardless, I’ve chatted to people with pretty strong opinions. One is a big Redken fan and reckons theirs must be superior simply because, well, it’s Redken. On the other hand, I’ve met people who believe Moroccanoil must be better as its used by zillions of celebrities. I’ve also had people tell me they’d prefer Redken as it’s got SIX uses, not realising that you can do the exact same things with Moroccanoil…
So ja… in the end it really is up to you. Now tell me, which would you prefer to use and why? I’d be interested to know…