Argan oil: Why this essential ingredient deserves a place in your grooming routine

All Things Hair | 08 February 2018

Everything you need to know about this multi-tasking mane-saver, this way.

Also known as liquid gold, Argan oil has become the beauty elixir du jour. Enriched with ingredients like vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, it can help to promote healthier-looking locks, inside and out. But is it all too good to be true?

For centuries, Moroccan Argan oil has been used to not only repair tresses, but to restore shine and soften them. Plus, with so celebrities and beauty bloggers citing it is their go-to product, it’s no surprise this ingredient is trending in the hair care world.

So, if you’re considering jumping on the Argan oil bandwagon, we’ve got the 411 on how to make this nutrient-rich product can work wonders for your hair…

ATH’s ultimate guide to Argan oil


Brunette with mid-parting Carven AW 15: argan oil for hair
Argan oil is known to have many hair benefits. Credit:

So, what exactly is Argan oil?

Extracted from the nuts of Argania spinosa (a tree native to the remote parts of Morocco), it’s a rare oil that’s full of wondrous properties. Enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A and E, it’s been said that topical application of this oil can help to improve the condition of damaged tresses.

Why does hair need these ingredients?

Hair that lacks an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and E is usually dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Omega-3 helps keep your scalp and locks hydrated. Vitamin A is needed for sebum production (a natural oil in hair and skin that acts like a conditioner), while vitamin E helps protect against environmental damage.

It is thought that consuming foods that contain these essential ingredients, as well as consistently applying nutrient-rich oils can help improve hair texture. Argan oil, in particular, does this well because it has many benefits: from nourishing and moisturising the hair shaft and follicles, to smoothing damaged cuticles and restoring shine.

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Argan oil for hair is an essential beauty staple. Credit:

Uses of Argan oil

Because it’s so rare, buying Argan oil in its pure form can be expensive. But, don’t worry: choosing formulas that contain this essential ingredient can be equally effective. Look for either ‘Argan oil’ or ‘Argania spinosa kernel oil’, and you know you’ve picked the right product.

1. Styling

Working well on all hair types and textures, it’s a certified mane multi-tasker. And like any trusty oil, using Argan oil on hair is an excellent styling method because of its ability to tame frizz into sleek submission. So, try applying a few drops of it before and after blow-drying or straightening.

Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Nourishing Oil


Try: Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Nourishing Oil, it helps to reduce frizz, hydrate and moisturise your tresses.

2. Washing

This oil has become a popular ingredient in many shampoos and conditioners because of its known ability to restore softness, strength and shine. This makes it an ideal conditioning agent because of its moisturising and nourishing properties.

Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Shampoo

Try: Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditionerinfused with argan oil and silk proteins, they will leave your hair looking and feeling silky and soft.

3. Mask and pre-shampoo treatments

With a whole host of fortifying, nourishing and protective ingredients, an Argan oil hair treatment or Argan oil hair mask should also become your beauty BFF. If your locks are in dire need of a little TLC, using your favourite Argan oil can go a long way in making locks appear healthier.