Frizzy, fine, thick or unruly, whatever your hair type there’s an oil for you. Yes, even for oily hair that falls flat! Forget everything you thought you knew about hair oils as we introduce you to two sensations: Argan and Coconut Oils. While one is as old as ancient Indian wisdom, the other enjoys cult status in North Africa.
Delve deeper, and you can’t help but draw a comparison. Supercharged with fatty acids and antioxidating properties (coconut oil contains 92 per cent of saturated fat and 62 per cent of medium-chain fatty acids, while argan oil is packed with 80 per cent unsaturated fats), these one-for-all elixirs have the cure for a multitude of concerns. They both fight signs of ageing, hydrate, nourish, protect, control sebum production, boost cell regeneration, exfoliate dead skin, fight free radicals, stimulate follicle growth… we can go on.
Although, if you really dig deeper – you’ll begin to spot somewhat of a difference. Like coconut oil is denser in texture, seeps and absorbs deeper into the skin and has a longer shelf life (two years. Argan oil, on the other hand, is packed with vitamin E making it a stronger antioxidating agent, doesn’t take an army of hair cleanses to come off and treats the surface of your skin and scalp thoroughly.
We rounded up ten elixirs for a gorgeous mane and broke down what they’re said to be most beneficial in – along with a few skincare aids.
If there’s one beauty product whose reputation precedes itself – it’s this. This bestseller’s non-greasy formula is packed with fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins. Glaze it on as your leave-in conditioner, let it tame flyaways and multi-task as a heat protectant.
Think a hair concern – dandruff, frizz, breakage, split ends, oily or dry scalp and Argan Oil is thy solution. Extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree, this distilled oil isn’t your cheapest alternative. But a little can go a long way.
Trust in The Body Shop to go for the organic Community Fair Trade Argan Oil. Spritzing this argan oil on damp hair locks in moisture, enhances hair growth and boosts shine. We urge you to go a step further and splash some on as hair perfume.
Want to bring back your strands from the dead? Give it a second life with this magic potion that heals, protects, soothes and restores the health of your scalp and locks. If you don’t believe us, consult your hair expert and hear him validate our claim.
Not only is this beauty easy on the pocket, it’s a 100% cold-pressed blend, that also maintains international standards. Fact that it’s free from chemicals, this argan hair oil can also soothe an itchy scalp.
Save yourself from crafty marketing jargons – refined, unrefined, extra virgin, cold or expeller pressed. Keep it natural and opt for the unrefined, virgin or organic alternatives. Just like this beauty. Work this as a deep-conditioning hair mask once every week.
This elixir makes for a great carrier oil as it absorbs easily into the skin and scalp, allowing seepage. It also retains the properties of the oil blended – like say an essential oil. So, don’t take these mild energy boosters lightly.
Big on noncomedogenic alternatives? We’ve got you sorted. Since it’s also free of preservatives, go ahead and cook with this coconut oil. This superfood works wonders for your heart and thyroid.
In the mood for a hot body massage? Indulge in this luxuriant yet pure coconut oil. So pure that even newborn babies can soak in its goodness. In fact, frequent this to even let you skinny down. You heard us right.
Did you know coconut oil reduces protein loss in your skin and hair? Which translates as damage control. If you’d rather not go all out, include this potion in the small doses – as a make-up remover, lip balm, cuticle cleanser, hair sunscreen.