Argan oil is a plant oil making its rounds in the beauty industry. With applications for skin, hair, nails, and even food, this particular item is being used increasingly often and delivering results dramatic enough to gain serious attention. The argan tree is the plant responsible for the production of what becomes argan oil (created from the tree’s kernels), and is indigenous to Morocco. A fairly innocuous tree in appearance, the argan tree produces fruit containing nuts, containing kernels, and these kernels are used to create a substance strong and moisturizing enough to add luster and strength to even the most stubborn locks and skin. While it may be new to the mainstream beauty scene, the item itself has long been used by the locals to not only strengthen and moisturize skin and tresses, but also to ward off disease when consumed and to treat skin conditions when applied topically.
Although argan can be applied in a multitude of ways, the most common application comes in the form of oil cleansing or moisturizing (for skin), or through masks (for hair). Cleansing involves warming oil between hands, applying it to skin, and allowing the liquid to dissolve and remove dirt, grime, and excess natural oils. As a moisturizer, it may be applied after you have washed your face. As a hair mask, it is typically warmed, applied to hair, and left to sit for either a few hours or overnight. The remaining product is then shampooed out, and users are left with stronger, softer strands.
Although virtually everyone can benefit from using argan, it is particularly helpful for men and women with dry or acne-prone skin, and individuals with dry, brittle manes. Regular application should result in greater strength, smoothness, and shine. While argan can be used on its own, it also functions well as the key ingredient in various formulas designed to aid skin and manes.
Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment
Moroccan Oil’s hair treatment contains argan, and is designed to smooth frizz, flyaways, and split ends, as well as add shine to dull strands. Application is simple; after shampooing and conditioning, users are instructed to place a small amount (less than a dime’s size) of product on palms, rub together, and finger-comb through hair while it is still damp. From there, style as usual. While many products feel heavy or weigh down fine tresses, most customers with fine hair were pleasantly surprised to find that the product goes on extremely light and smoothly, and results in shine and luster rather than an oily appearance or texture. Due to the nature of application, results are best if users brush hair thoroughly before stepping into the shower.
Although Moroccan Oil feels heavy and a little stiff in palms, actual customers encourage anyone wary of usage to press on; while it feels heavy on skin, it is typically absorbed into locks quickly and easily. For this reason, users should use caution and apply to the product only to strands—it does not have a secondary function as a product for dry patches or undernourished skin.
Most users were pleased with the product’s ability to smooth away frizz and repair split ends day-to-day. Typically, the Moroccan Oil is used as a daily product (or each time hair is washed), rather than an infrequent treatment like 100% argan oil. Stylists and novices alike recommended this product for anyone hoping to reduce breakage or rough texture quickly and efficiently.
Although the majority of users were pleased, some were disappointed with the product’s ingredients; the primary ingredients are silicone, with argan oil coming in 5th in the list of ingredients. While this is not, in and of itself, problematic, some customers were expecting 100% argan and were disappointed to find silicones within the formula.
InstaNatural Organic Argan Oil
Unlike the previous product, InstaNatural’s formula is 100% organic argan oil. Because it is not a treatment, but an actual oil (naturally containing vitamin E), this is safe for use on hair, skin, and nails, and functions primarily as a moisturizer. Due to the incredible moisturizing power of argan, some users have found this to be an effective treatment for eczema and other skin conditions causing red, itching, flaking skin, while still others have discovered that it eases acne breakouts and excess oil production. It may also be used as a treatment for dandruff or dry scalp, as well as split ends and over-treated tresses.
The overwhelming majority of users were extremely pleased with the effects of argan. It was most commonly used on skin, but was also popular as a hair and scalp treatment. Some users reported employing the item as a shaving oil, and praised the results. InstaNatural absorbs quickly and easily, and usually delivers results from shower to shower (provided that between shower time extends between 1-2 days). Overall, users rave about the product, for its price, packaging, and its effectiveness in taming dry skin and locks.
Despite numerous positive reviews, some customers reported receiving a foul-smelling concoction, concluding that the item in question must have been rancid. If this is the case, InstaNatural can be returned for a refund or exchange.
Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment
Agadir’s product is described as being 100% pure and certified argan oil, but is intended specifically for use as a hair treatment. The product is said to encourage new growth, strengthen and soften tresses, and reduce the time required to dry hair. The product does employ some silicone, so it should not be used as a facial or body moisturizer. Agadir’s product is a leave-in moisturizer, and should be applied to damp strands before styling as usual. Agadir is best used as a treatment for strands alone, rather than an interchangeable mane/scalp treatment.
Most customers were pleased with Agadir’s hair care. Even the most coarse-haired individuals saw a marked improvement in both texture and shine with consistent use. Some customers substituted this for conditioner, while others used it as a leave-in treatment. As a whole, users were pleased with results.
While most users were pleased with results, a handful felt cheated by the addition of silicone, as this creates buildup that eventually must be stripped away. This was noted as being particularly frustrating for women with fine, light-colored locks. For this reason, many reviewers suggest reserving Agadir for dark, coarse hair types.
The Facts, And Now the Verdict
Two of the products above (Moroccan Oil and Agadir) are products containing argan, but are not comprised entirely of argan. InstaNatural is 100% argan oil. Is one better than the other? That, of course, depends on your needs. When evaluating which is best, consider these factors:
- Hair type
- Hair color
- Need for versatility
Fine, light hair tends to become oily and weighed down easily, and would likely best benefit from 100% argan oil; silicone ingredients may cause heavy, waxy buildup. Dark, coarse hair is not as likely to suffer this fate. The need for versatility should also be taken into account; are you looking exclusively for a hair oil, or are you in need of a product with a wider scope? Evaluating these factors will determine which product best suits your needs.