Can You Leave Argan Oil Hair Mask on Your Hair Overnight?
An argan oil mask uses seeds from the fruits of argan trees, which are native to Morocco, particularly in the semi-arid southwest Sous Valley. The oil has cosmetic and culinary uses. Argan oil used for the skin and hair hydration is transparent with a bright yellow color. It's cold-pressed instead of hand-pressed, an old technique that doesn't conform to current hygiene standards. Meanwhile, argan oil used for cooking comes from roasted seeds. The liquid looks cloudy and has a deep golden yellow color—sometimes close to reddish-brown or brown.
Argan oil loses its natural properties when exposed to light. That’s why you’ll find most products in dark bottles. Argan oil and argan oil masks have a slightly nutty scent and apply smoothly. The oil isn’t gritty and absorbs quite quickly. And yes, you can definitely leave them on your hair overnight.
How Does an Argan Oil Mask Strengthen Hair?
Here are the various ways an argan oil mask can make your hair healthier:
Promotes hair growth
The oil is rich in linoleic and oleic acids, which are fatty acids also found in sebum. These acids promote hair growth and restoration, which is welcome news for people who want to take a break from bleaching or dyeing. Since they're also water-repelling oils, they can keep moisture inside the strands and prevent breakage. Oleic acid can make hair more pliable, while linoleic acid can seal raised hair cuticles.
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant, which helps ease inflammation on the scalp, such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. It reduces oxidative stress, resulting from the imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals in the body that leads to dandruff production.
Moreover, argan oil's anti-microbial properties can also reduce itchiness caused by fungal or bacterial infections like folliculitis.
Protects from heat damage
Argan oil's ability to withstand higher temperatures (above 420 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to other oils (that break down below 300F) makes it a great heat protectant against hot styling tools and ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Fatty acids in argan oil produce shinier hair that doesn't look weighed down.
When you apply an argan oil mask regularly, you can achieve a better look due to the following:
Provides deep conditioning
Because argan oil has smaller molecules than other types of oil, it can penetrate the hair cuticles better, resulting in more hydrated and softer hair.
Argan oil makes hair smoother and less prone to tangling because it is more deeply absorbed by strands.
More moisturized hair means smoother and more flexible strands that don't fray or have split-ends.
Procedure for Argan Hair Mask Overnight Treatment
Here are the steps for applying an argan oil mask for overnight use:
Read your product's instructions, but generally, you use a hair mask on washed hair when the strands are most porous. This makes it easier for your hair to absorb the mask.
Thoroughly shampoo your hair but avoid using conditioner. Argan hair masks are friendly with different hair types.
Leave your hair damp.
A hair mask works best on damp hair. Strands shouldn't be soaking wet so as not to dilute the mask. Squeeze out water from your hair after your bath or shower, then towel-dry.
Apply your mask.
Scoop out a small amount of mask onto your palm then evenly spread it all over your scalp. You can use a wide-toothed comb to help with the distribution.
Wrap your hair in a towel or shower cap.
Ensure your hair is covered with the mask from roots to ends before wrapping your head in a hair wrap or towel overnight. You can massage your hair and scalp for a few minutes, depending on the length of time recommended by your brand. The heat inside your wrap or cap will improve your hair's absorption of the mask.
Wash off the mask in the morning. Then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
Frequency of Application
You can leave an argan oil mask overnight once a week. Doing it more often can make your hair feel oily.
Invigorate Your Hair with Moroccan Gold’s Argan Oil Mask
Our argan treatment mask contains oil from argan seeds harvested from Morocco's Atlas Mountains. Besides leaving it on your hair overnight, you can also use it as a regular weekly mask. Let it sit for about five minutes before rinsing.