Let's start with Argan Oil. It's everywhere and appears to be the go-to product for softer hair (and skin). Argan oil comes from trees that grow in Morocco. The trees grow the nuts. Goats climb the trees and eat the nuts. The workers then dig the nuts out of the feces to crack them open and collect the oil. I have pictures from one of my favorite blog friends of goats climbing trees here.
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids and is often called liquid gold for being able to do everything. While it has a lot of uses internally and externally, argan oil is great for smoothing and conditioning the hair and scalp. Lots of companies sell an argan oil blend, but most of those are more silicone than argan. So read your labels!
Why pay $40 for a bottle that is mainly cheap silicones and a bit of argan when you really want more "liquid gold" than cheap fillers? While you can buy pure argan from manufactures (yes, as an individual), it's often thicker and a little harder to work with. Companies like Melvita sell pure argan that has been pressed in a way that makes it ideal for using on the hair (and skin). I love Melvita's Argan Huile because it feels light and melts into the hair with no residue. Plus, it's ECO-CERT organic, meets ethical requirements for Fair Trade and is artificial color- and preservative-free. And, it's a steal at $28! Melvita is a fantastic line. If you aren't familiar with them, visit them now!
Coconut Oil is possibly the only other oil touted for hair and skin care more than argan oil. It's not showing up in a ton of products yet, but just you wait. It will sooner than later and you'll have the inside track and laugh at people spending gabillions of dollars for silicone and coconut oil concoctions.
Why coconut oil? It contains lauric acid, capric acid, vitamin E and is very stable, as it doesn't evaporate easily. Coconut oil is one of the only oils that is small enough, molecularly speaking, to pass into the hair shaft. It can literally soften hair from the inside out. It also contains antioxidants that neutralize damaging free radicals caused by heat and environmental pollutants. It even contains anti-microbial properties that can keep bacteria, viruses and yeast at bay, should you have scalp issues (it also works wonders on my dog Elliott's ears).
There is one small caveat with Coconut Oil. Since your hair literally absorbs it into the shaft, don't mix and match oils. If your hair is fully saturated and you add some additional oil, as is your daily regime, your hair will end up greasy. Not that I've ever done that or anything...
It's easy on the wallet as well. You can pick up a large jar from any health food store or vitamin store for under $10-15. It comes in a solid form, but melts when it comes in contact with the skin. It has a ton of other uses outside of cosmetics and deserves a place on your vanity.
What is your favorite hair oil? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Melvita was sent for review. I bought the coconut oil. May contain affiliate links.
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