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The 411 on argan oil hair treatments

Argan oil, an old and natural treatment for dry hair and skin, has made its way into mainstream beauty products, particularly hair products. The benefits to using argan oil as part of your hair-care routine give this oil its common name, “liquid gold.” Below are the reasons and different ways to use argan oil as part of your hair-care regimen.

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It hydrates and protects your hair

Colouring, flat-ironing or blow drying your hair can leave it brittle and lacking in moisture. Many people use argan oil as a way to moisturize dry or damaged hair, especially the ends. The oil penetrates deep into each hair’s pores to improve its elasticity and to strengthen it as it grows. Hair becomes more smooth and manageable. Argan oil is beneficial also because the vitamin E, carotenes and essential fatty acids found in its pure form lock in moisture, protect hair from sun damage and give the hair a beautiful shine.

It works well as a hair wrap

Before you wash your hair, rub a small dab of argan oil into you palm (or more, depending on your hair length and thickness) and apply to your hair. Be sure to concentrate on the ends. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it on for about half an hour before shampooing. If you have a dry scalp or dandruff, massage the oil into your scalp before wrapping your hair. You may even wish to leave the oil treatment on overnight. After you wash your hair, style it as usual, and enjoy a shiny, healthy-looking mane.

It can be used as a leave-in conditioner

After shampooing your hair, pat it dry with a towel. Rub a few drops of argan oil into your palm and work it into your hair, focusing on the ends. Comb your hair to distribute the oil evenly, then style as usual. Leaving argan oil in your hair will especially help to tame frizzy or unmanageable locks. You can even work a few drops of the oil into your hair gel or mousse to create extra shine and curl definition.

Be sure to choose an argan oil that is pure and has no additives. Argan oil is great just as it is, naturally!

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