Nothing peeves me more in my industry than false advertisement. Especially doing my 365 project and reading all ‘benefits’ and ‘features’ of these products, come to try it on myself or an unsuspecting client, only to find out that the things they are claiming are falling a bit short.
My first bad review from my ongoing 365 project, was deservingly to a product calling itself Argan Oil. I can’t honestly say that I know that there is not one spec of it in there, but by the way it was handling, it felt like it was nothing short of pure motor oil. Sneaky.
Argan Oil has been a well kept secret in Morocco for thousands of years (1100 BC to be exact), where local merchants bought and sold this precious commodity for multiple purposes. So much so that the population of the Argan tree began to dwindle in Africa until there was only patches left throughout Morocco. Furthermore, this population has also been halved in the last century due to gained knowledge of its fruits, or, well, nuts to be exact. The oil we have come to know was first hand-picked out of the waste of goats, who apparently were the only one brave enough scale the Argan tree, eat its fruits and pass the seeds, where inside these seeds, untouched or uncontaminated was the liquid gold.
Argan Oil benefits:
Argan Oil is full of vitamin C and fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial to hair. Gamma tocopherol (Vitamin E) has the ability to protect against nitrogen-based free radicals and promotes growth. Fatty Acids will help silken hair and protect against sun damage.
Argan Oil is a natural oil, not synthetic. Synthetic oils sit on the hair, coating it, while natural oils like Argan Oil will penetrate the hair nourishing from the inside and unless overused, will not leave an oily residue on the hair.
How to determine if you are getting an authentic Argan Oil product:
It’s expensive. Sorry, but its true. Because of the dwindling sources, Argan Oil is hard to find and to get, therefore it’s going to cost you.
It’s in a glass bottle. The molecules of Argan Oil are so small that they actually penetrate the hair instead of sitting on the top and weighing it down. So these teeny molecules, if in a plastic container, will seep out. It can only be contained in glass.
It’s not slimy. Pure Argan Oil consistency is silky and light, no matter what. If it is slimy and thick, it is mixed with synthetic oils that will weigh your hair down.
Check the Ingredients. It should just say 100% Argan Oil or 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. If it says anything else, I wouldn’t trust it.