Hair loss for both men and women can be devastating. There are a bunch of old wives’ tales that continue to do the rounds about how to prevent hair loss or re-grow hair that’s already jumped ship. Most, sadly, are pretty useless. But what about the use of argan oil or Moroccan argan oil hair products? Can they possibly have a positive effect?
The following is a hype-free, definitive look into the reasons that Moroccan hair oil is often recommended by dermatologists and hair loss specialists as a treatment for hair loss and thinning hair.
North Africans have used the power of argan oil for centuries to maintain a healthy scalp and hair. It’s also been used to treat a variety of skin diseases, and is particularly effective against dandruff and flaky scalps. The sheer variety of natural ingredients helps both the scalp and hair shafts retain moisture, which in turn benefits the hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth.
Fatty acids within argan oil: These are mainly linoleic and oleic acid and are intensely hydrating. It appears they could assist in keeping hair moisturized and protect against damage caused by free radicals
Vitamin E: The abundance of this antioxidant within the oil helps prevent dryness of the scalp and hair, reduces fizziness, and plays a part in preventing breakage
Anti-inflammatory properties: Inflammation plays havoc on all systems of the body—including that of the hair follicles. The high antioxidant levels of argan oil might assist in the prevention or improvement of scalp conditions that can cause hair loss, such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. Whilst there is not much scientific research to back it up, there is a chance that the use of argan oil can prevent dandruff that’s caused by a yeast-like fungus on the scalp
UV protection: A recent study* has suggested that the antioxidant effect of argan oil can protect skin from sun damage. This could also extend to the hair, preventing damage and dryness to the hair shaft itself
Prevents styling damage: Something most of us are guilty of is over-styling, be it by the use of heat or through color damage. The use of chemical based shampoos and conditioners also take their toll. Some research** has suggested that argan oil can reduce damage to Caucasian hair caused by hair dye. Furthermore, there is some evidence*** hinting that oils rich in linoleic acid and oleic acid can add a protective layer to hair. This, in turn, protects against damage from heat styling and over-combing and brushing.
Whilst there is no overriding evidence to prove that argan oil helps in the fight against hair loss there is a strong suggestion that it might do so. The important thing to understand is that the use of such oil helps keep the hair you do have in the best possible condition. It may also go some way to preventing hair loss under certain circumstances, and nourish the scalp and hair follicles to produce healthy new hair.
One crucial point is to only use the best argan oil, be it by using drops of pure oil or a hair product in which it’s infused, like an argan oil hair mask. The Moroccan Gold Series is an ethically sourced range of argan oil hair products that have been produced to suit all hair types. They’re also guaranteed paraben and phthalate-free, something that’s vital to ensure if you’re suffering from any degree of hair loss.