Argan tree is native and endemic to Morocco. Argan oil has been in use since at least 600 BC, for healing and enhancing beauty. The oil has culinary uses, is used as a dietary supplement, for nourishing skin and hair, as well as in wound healing. Argan oil is obtained manually from the kernels present in the Argan nut. It is a time-consuming process and is also labour-intensive. The ethnic group known as Berbers, especially Berber women are involved in this process.
Extraction Process: The Argan fruits are dried in open air and the pulp is removed. The nuts are cracked manually to extract the kernels. Usually, the kernels are roasted gently, cooled, and ground and pressed. A brown coloured mash is obtained, which is purified in several stages. It is then allowed to stand for about 2 weeks and suspended solids are removed. The clearer oil is filtered again and stored in tinted glass bottles.
Composition: The oil is rich in vitamins A, C, and E. It is loaded with unsaturated fatty acids, phenols, and antioxidants. Pure oil has a mild nutty aroma. Since centuries, people have been aware of the very many benefits of this amazing natural product. Its best use is in the form of a hair serum. Let us take a look at the various benefits of Argan hair serum and the multiple ways in which it can be used for your hair.
Treatment for dandruff and dry scalp: Warm a few drops of the serum between your palms. Massage the warm serum on your scalp for 10 minutes. Put on a shower cap, allowing the serum to be soaked up into the scalp and hair. Leave on overnight or at least for half an hour. Wash off with a mild shampoo. Doing this treatment twice a week will help to eliminate dryness and dandruff.
Leave-in conditioner: Use just 2 drops of the serum on your hair, paying special attention to hair ends. Massage in 1 drop of Argan serum into the scalp. It works wonders for improving the gloss and shine of the hair, taming frizzy ends, and leaving the hair more manageable and softer.
Hair growth promoter: The rich nutrient content of the oil helps in hair growth. Take a few drops of the serum and massage into the scalp starting at the front of the hairline. Using slow and circular motion, move to the sides and back of the scalp. Continue the process for 15 minutes. Regular use (3 times a week) will lead to hair regrowth, increase in thickness and length, and improvement in hair texture.
Protection from sun damage: Before going out in the sun, apply a few drops of the serum from the roots of the hair to the ends. This helps to protect the hair from the harmful UV rays, which make the hair brittle and lifeless.
Protection from swimming pool chemicals: Swimming pool chemicals have a harmful effect on the hair, making it dull, dry and lifeless. Before going for a swim, apply a few drops of Argan oil hair serum on moist hair, from the roots to the tips. After swimming, shampoo your hair and again apply 2 drops of the serum at the ends of the hair. This helps to protect the hair as well as retain moisture after washing the hair.