Argan Oil Really is Liquid Gold...



Hola Chicas!

I've been experimenting with oils LOTS over the past few months. I've purchased pre-mixed combinations (SheaMoisture, Burts Bees, Treasured Locks, etc.) as well as teeny bottles of jojoba, castor, and sweet almond oil. I've used them together, alone, as pre-poos, for *warm* oil treatments, as a leave-in on wet hair, and on my dry ends and length... all with great success. For the most part, an oil, is an oil, is an oil. But for me and my finicky hair, a couple were truly a cut above the rest. In my trials, I've found that my hair really responds well to castor and argan oils.

Argan oil has been all the rage as of late, and I must say... I get it. The argan oil mixes leave my hair, even the rough old ends, (uncharacteristically silky) smooth, soft and strong. It cuts my frizz tremendously and provides intense shine. I never get the 'crunch factor' like I do with coconut oil, and it seems to help keep my hair stretched, while oils like jojoba curl it back up. I also feel that it combats humidity. For the first time this summer, at the Raleigh event, I skipped using an argan containing oil mix and my hair shrunk to my ears! True story. It also brings me breakfast in bed, walks the dog, and does my taxes. For more info on the benefits of argan oil, click here, and here.

The mixes that contain the emollient castor oil have the best consistency in my opinion. They're easier to apply and act like a frizz serum. After continued use, I'm left with thicker looking, soft, shiny dark hair. My twists actually feel and look plumper... and y'all know that big hair is my life's mission. I'm LOVING this oil! It's a bit too thick to be used alone, but cut with another oil, it can do some amazing things! For more info on castor oil, click here. A side note-- lots of women use castor oil to thicken sparse eyebrows and lashes. Food for thought.

Unfortunately, most of the pre-mixes only contained one or the other (save for Treasured Locks brand), so I decided to head to Whole Check to pick up a bottle of argan oil to create my perfect concoction. After a quick and unsuccessful search, I asked for assistance. When the clerk finally found it, he looked at the price ($28 dollars for 4 oz), and his eyes glazed over. He looked at me, looked back at the bottle, and turned to me once more with the most puzzled expression and asked, 'what does it do?' I laughed but saw that he was serious, so we discussed the health, hair, and skin benefits for like 5 minutes. Yes, Argan oil is expensive as hell because of difficult production, but I honestly feel (for now anyway) that it's worth the splurge. Plus, cutting it with other oils will help it stretch!

Interjection... 7 items in my basket... 145 dollars. What the what? Anyway, I got home and carefully and methodically combined the agran and castor oil in an empty plastic bottle. haha, there were no formal measurements... y'all know I'm not a mixtress. I think it was like 1:1. I'm absolutely loving the consistency and my hair is ridiculously soft. It's nice to know that I'll now be reaping the benefits of these two oils unadulterated... un-cut by filler oils.

I'm all oiled down, in my bonnet and headed to bed. And guess what? I'm still in Raleigh. But that's a story for another day.

Later Gators,
Nik

Have you tried Argan Oil? Castor Oil?
Share your experiences below!

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Natural Chique said...

I might try using Argan oil, it really does make your hair soft :D! I love the COM (Cream of Nature) Argan Oil line :D! Seriously!?! $ 28 dollars is way too expensive, especially if you are on a tight budget (like me lol). I think Argan Oil is cheaper @ the Vitamin Shoppe :), I will have to check though.

Jen S. said...

Thanks for the tip. When I use up all my coconut oil I will have to try this.

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Anonymous said...

nikki you are funny. Thanks for info I was already interested in argan oil so I think I'll be picking some up.

Chez Cerise said...

Anybody that is in the spa industry can get it from their suppliers much cheaper...if you don't have a friend in the industry I highly suggest finding one...lol

Anonymous said...

as if i didnt just spend over $100 on henna, castor oil, amla oil, indigo, giovani direct leave in (liter bottles because it is my ish right now)...and now i must splurge on argan oil lol. thanks for the heads up! <3

Anonymous said...

Just found a site you might be interested in...initially seemingly pricey, but excellent for the quality and amount of oil. This will be my Fall 'treat yourself' item!

http://www.zamourispices.com/gbusicorawar.html

Trace/Killa said...

I'm starting to see argan oil products everywhere now. Garnier Fructis' Sleek and Shine products have been reformulated to included argan oil, so Nikki you may be right about it having humidity battling properties. I JUST started using the Sleek and Shine conditioner this week as a leave-in/styler (so about 2 times) and I have to admit, I did notice a bit of a difference. I achieved softer, less frizzy results (my hair even held up better in the DC humidity, lol). I guess I can see what the fuss is about now, but I'm going to keep trying it out to see if it'll consistently work for me.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be able to use argan oil but I can't. The last time that I used it my hair came out with the root still attached.

Shaune said...

i loved argan oil when i was "cracked out" i will have to revisit again now if it has some anti frizz factor to it. In regards to still being in Raleigh, maybe God is trying to tell you something

Anonymous said...

I found argon oil a few months ago and fell in love. I use it on my face and in my hair. My hair is frizz free and my complexion has evened out. I love that it fully absorbs into the skin and hair and does not leave a greasy feeling. It's worth every penny. I mix it with castor and emu oil for my hair. My edges finally grew back. If you haven't tried it you really should.

Courtie said...

Argan oil is the truth.
I'm a broke sister, though, $28 for 4 oz?!?!
I get all my oils from camden-grey, argan is like $11 for 4 oz. Whole Foods is just robbing people at gun point, sheesh.

Levone said...

I will definitely try this! I'm already a lover of castor oil, so will run by the Home Healthy Market store to see if they have this oil at a cheaper price. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

i LOVE argan oil. the softness. the absorbtion. the SHINE. ahhhh. its amazing....

but it makes my skin break out with huge pimples EVERY TIME and i dont even put it on my face. it works well directly on skin for some. i wish i was one of them.

good luck with it. it is the most amazing oil i've used vitamin e is second in line for me and currently my staple due to my skins reaction to argan.

Anonymous said...

I'm loving Argan oil. I recently started using the Treasured Locks mix and it definitely has afforded shinier, sleeker hair with less frizz. I've always used a little castor oil here and there but as you say it's heavy by itself so I will have to try mixing it with the Argan and see.

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty.com said...

yes Aran oil is the bomb. I would like to try the Treasured Locks mix though because I don't think the one i use is all natural

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about my oils the past few days. I've used castor oil and coconut oil both to seal and mixed with other stuff. I come to realize that coconut oil kind of makes my hair hard! I don't know what it is but I've gotten the same results over and over. Castor oil is great but kind of heavy for my hair. I mostly use it in my whipped Shea butter mix. Jojoba is wonderful in my spray bottle. I've been wondering what other oil is could use to thanks for a great article.

Anonymous said...

After transitioning for a year I chopped the relaxed ends and one day noticed a small bald spot in the front of my head. My guess was that it was caused by tension when I wore my hair parted to the side (in a bun) while transitioning. After reading about castor oil I bought some and rubbed a small amount on that spot on 3 seperate occasions...I remembered it the other day and I was shocked to see that it was filled with baby hairs growing in. I now use it on my edges every now and then to keep them full. Argan oil on the other hand I've only tried in the ecostyler gel.

Anonymous said...

whats the difference between the castor oil nikki gave us a link to and the Jamaican black castor oil ?

Anonymous said...

I am NOT a fan. I ordered the Moroccan oil - intensive hydrating mask (close to $40 bucks) and its argan oil (over $40 bucks). I was excited about the possibility of reducing frizz from my 3c hair. the hair mask made my hair noticeably softer. but it was also noticeably frizzier. i wanted to scream. I purchased it last july and used it only twice. the argan oil just sat on my hair. if it wasn't so gosh darn expensive I would give it away.

I am trying to build up the courage to use it again. I even purchased a less expensive product from shea moisture which smelled divine. same result. my hair does not love it. after spending over 100 bucks, i would caution anyone from jumping on the same bandwagon I jumped on.

NaturallyAmber said...

I LOVE Argan Oil!! I use One' N Only Argon Oil from Sally's and for a 4 oz bottle it is about $11. A little goes a long way. The bottle is kinda dark like how all medicine bottles looked back in the day lol. I can not believe I have not added this to my regimen...Sally's here I come!!

Eboni said...

Argan Oil is amazing on my hair! I'm kinda surprised that people are just now finding out how beneficial it is for hair an skin, lol. I use Procclaim Natural 7 Oil w/Argan Oil purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply store. Now that I use Argan Oil, my hair is softer and stays moisturized until I redo my twists!

Sometimes I can use this oil alone to style my hair :D

Anonymous said...

Aren't the cheaper argon oils at Sally's & Hot Sixx and such mixed with fillers and silicones?

Anonymous said...

I love all of your product recommendations Nikki! Keep em coming.

For the people who want to try Argan Oil or tried it but didn't like it, beware that most retail brands are NOT pure Argan oil but Argan oil blends that usually contain silicone. Pure Argan oil will only contain Argan oil.

Nikki, since you like castor oil, consider trying pomegranate oil. It's expensive but very thick and rich.

Anonymous said...

If you can, find an excuse to go to Morocco for vacation or for studies or something. I'm serious. I worked there for two months this summer and bought hella argan oil and ghassoul for super cheap. 80 dirhams per 250 ml, after some bargaining, which is approximately 10 US Dollars. PURE ARGAN. Forrealz. I only wish I had packed less stuff, that way I would have had more room for oil in my luggage.

CURLYNIKKI said...

pom oil?! My PJ is itching! :)

Anonymous said...

I also purchased some Argan Oil from Whole Foods and had to give myself the side eye for spending $28 on a 4oz bottle. Lately I've been using it with Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer ($18.95) and I think I have found my HG moisturizer. I have very fine, thin, lightweight, flyaway, hair that is prone to extreme dryness. Since I've been using this combo my hair is super soft and shiny, the detangling process is much easier, and my hair stays moisturized much longer. Some might find Lush R&B a bit too heavy, but a little really does go a long way.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE argan oil. My hair has never been softer. I first discovered it when I tried out the moroccan oil hair products. Super duper expensive but it worked wonders on my hair. I realized I might have an issue with the cost of this product when I found myself on my hands and knees in the shower rubbing my hair on the tub floor trying to soak up some product that had fallen. I had to find something cheaper. Organix also makes an argan oil shampoo, conditioner, and deep treatment mask, so I gave it a whirl. Not too bad but nowhere close to the moroccan oil products. I tried to stretch what I already had for as long as I could but eventually ran out. I reluctantly headed over to Ricky's to re-up on that $43 hair crack (yes $43 pre-tax, and that was only for the deep treatment mask). As I'm standing in front of the display damn near tears cuz I wanted the shampoo and conditioner as well, the most wonderful sales person came up to me, obviously sensing my distress, and recommended that I try the One n' Only products. I had never heard of that brand before so I asked him which he thought was better. He said they are pretty much the same thing, the only difference being the price. The One n' Only products are literally a third the cost of the moroccan oil and they do a damn good job of making my hair soft and shiny. And the best part is I was able to get shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, and styling oil all for the price I would have paid just for the moroccan oil deep conditioning mask.

Anonymous said...

Here is a tip for less expensive pure and even organic argan oil. I don't know if you have the same in the States but could be an idea.
Argan oil is also an oil that can be used for cooking so you can find it the food department. The difference is that is much less expensive even in whole foods outlets. Still, the smell is not a cosmetic and refined one because most of the time argan nuts are toasted. So, you can find it non toasted or if you want to use it daily for your hair you can use it with good smelling and good for hair EO like ylang ylang or mint.

Anonymous said...

Hello ladies,

I have not tried argan oil yet, but I just placed an order with majestic mountain sage for an 8 oz bottle for $15.60. Check out www.thesage.com

Anonymous said...

I am new to using oils....is this something you put on your scalp daily, weekly, monthly? Or can you put directly on your hair when wearing a wash n go?

BKelz said...

I have yet to try argan oil but I have used castor oil. I used it a lot after I cut my hair then stopped. I tried it again in my dc and my scalp did not like it! At all! But this pom oil...I must look into it...

Anonymous said...

I use the Proclaim Argan oil-hair treatment (Sallys store brand) and really like it. 4$ for 3 oz. Works great on my 3c hair, does not feel greasy, no build-up.

Anonymous said...

I love pure Argan Oil and actually use it in Kimmaytube's leave-in conditioner. I replace the castor oil (too heavy for me) with Argan. So i use the KCKT along with jojoba, argan and aloe vera. I have 4b hair and it keeps it moisturized, soft, and has body! I love it...It's great!

Anonymous said...

like a couple of posters already stated, alot of those brands contain silicone and other stuff.

hennasooq has cheaper, pure argan oil.

Anonymous said...

Girls, beware of non-pure Argan Oil. Products like "Moroccan Oil" in the blue M labelled bottles are not pure. They have loads of fillers, silicones and other additives to bulk it out. Not cheap and not pure.
Buy the pure Argan Oil which is expensive but so worth it.

Anonymous said...

I originally purchased Argan oil from Sephora (The Josie Maran brand) as a nighttime facial moisturizer. I loved it. When I decided to go natural I started putting a little on my ends. I liked that it was light and made my hair shiny,not greasy. The bottle lasted me a long time but I replaced it with coconut oil for my hair. Now that I'm more attentive to how my hair reacts to products, I'm going back to Argan. Coconut oil adds shine but doesn't really moisture my hair. Just be aware that it is not a heavy oil but a little goes a long way. The Josie Maran brand is organic and pure (no additives)...at least it was when the product
was launched.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm tardy to the party, but mountainroseherbs.com sells organic argan oil $17 for 4oz and $29 for 8oz.

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