Argan Oil Benefits: How It Changed My Hair from Hay to “Hello, Gorgeous!”
I’ll be honest with you: My college years were not the best years of my hair’s life. I’m talking a whole arsenal of dyes and hot styling tools, plus a poor diet to boot. And like paying off my student loans, reviving my post-college hair seemed a very long road ahead.
Enter argan oil, which arrived as a Thanksgiving gift in 2012 from one of my gorgeous-haired aunts whose hair type is similar to my curl-if-you-care, frizz-if-you-don’t waves. My hair suffered from damage, lack of moisture and frizz -- issues that kept me hiding my locks in ponytails and updos. I was thrilled when argan oil proved a quick fix for these problems. A few drops activated my curls and made my hair shiny and smooth, even without the use of hot tools. I’d apply the oil from my ends and work upwards to mid-shaft, on dry or damp hair. Instantly, I had hair that looked healthy enough to wear down.
As it turned out, argan oil worked on a deeper level than I imagined. My hair wasn’t merely given the appearance of being healthy, it was actually becoming healthy. In the past, once I washed a styling product out of my hair, the benefits seemed to be washed away, too. My hair would revert back to being a dry dull mess that looked like something you’d feed to horses. (You know … like hay.) But with argan oil, my hair was developing a gloss, bounce and softness that I thought was long gone. This smart serum was not only a styling product, it was a treatment as well. It’s no wonder Moroccan women (and men) have been using the nut-derived oil as a beauty aid for centuries, and it’s sometimes referred to it as “liquid gold.”Check out these before-and-after photos to see the “liquid gold” effect for yourself.