Argan oil: the new miracle oil?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Argan oil: the new miracle oil?Over the last few weeks, all we seem to be talking about in the BeautySA office is what many are touting as the new miracle oil – argan oil. Used on your hair and body, we can’t walk down beauty isles without spotting a product that doesn’t contain it. Moisturisers, body lotions, shampoos and conditioners, hair masks and treatment oils, it’s everywhere.

But it might not be for long. Did you know argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree? And the argan tree only grows in Morocco? And these trees are now on the UNESCO endangered species list? We didn’t either.

Argan oil contains essential fatty acids, omega 6 and 9, and vitamin E, which when applied, forms a protective film over your strands. It’s primarily used on damaged or chemically treated hair to restore moisture while nourishing and strengthening from root to tip. It also treats split ends, making your hair more manageable, and can be used on wet or dry hair.

Some might find argan oil makes their hair too oily. If this is the case, simply avoid applying it to your roots and only apply from mid-strand down to the tips.

Argan oil treatments we love:
Keralong Argan Oil Serum, R90, cosmeticsandbeyond.co.za
Gosh Argan Oil, R89, exclusively at Edgars and Red Square stores
VO5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir, R46, retail stores nationwide

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. RoseAngel

    Where can I find a pure organic Argan oil

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I know that Moroccan Oil doesn’t have as high of a concentrate than we’d like to believe, but it still works wonders for my hair so its become a staple of mine.

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    I only use the Moroccan oil, but the price diff is a lot…wonder if they as good… I need to stock up on much if they stop making the product….I love it

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    The V05 oil is really great!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I have been using Moroccan Oil for a few months now. My hair is very long so I either use 2 pumps to freshly washed hair from the neck down or apply it after I use the GHD and I swear it makes it so soft and shiny, I’m sold! It’s pricy but lasts a very long time.

    6 years ago •

  1. beautylover786

    i have tried the morrocanoil treatment and it is amazing. worth the price. it is a heat protectant, reduces frizz, makes hair shiner and repairs it. it is amazing

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Would love to try the VO5! Sounds amazing and my hair is so dry!

    6 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    I am going to try this, hope it helps

    6 years ago •

  1. G

    This has done amazing things for my hair. I will never go without it. It’s definitely made my hair softer and far more manageable.

    6 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    I need a miracle, but all I need are these products

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Just when I thought I found something perfect for my hair…

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Avon also have argon oil products, they’re really nice.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Great product but i too am thinking about the endangered trees.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Going to get some before it goes off the market like all the great products!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    VO5 miracle concentrate is a real winner!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Sounds interesting..must give it a try..

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I’ve used the VO5 and it’s great..also not expensive at all and delivers on results

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Argan oil is amazing! For skin and hair.

    I love the vo5 one.

    Dischem has a roll on for face and neck, its amazing

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    So I guess buying Argan Oil products is not a good idea if we want to save some trees for future generation.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    So very soon the prices of the items so readily available will escelate?

    6 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I need this for my hair. I hate split ends

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I will surely get these for my hair care! My miracle hair repairer here I come!

    6 years ago •

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