Who has it right and who doesn’t? It seems that Argan Oil and Moroccan Oil are all the rage in hair products these days. So. What’s the difference? Is one actually better than the other?
Native to Morocco, Argan Oil comes from the Argan Tree. It is a golden-colored oil that is extracted from kernels produced by the tree. Coveted for centuries, Argan Oil is highly praised for its rich gourmet ingredients for the betterment of health, as well as an age-old beauty secret. As a beauty regime, however, Argan Oil has many benefits. It contains very high levels of Vitamin E and fatty acids, ideal for helping to treat many skin ailments and blemishes.
Now Moroccan Oil, if you haven’t already guessed, yes, this is Argan Oil too. The difference here is Moroccan Oil often has additional ingredients already added to it, depending on the brand you choose, that have added benefits to them. Made with Argan oil, Moroccan oil is a lesser pure form of Argan Oil, because true Argan oil is so expensive. That being said, however, Moroccan Oil still has many of the same great benefits as Argan Oil. It can help to smooth down the cuticles of the hair, calming frizz. It helps improve the appearance of dry, damaged hair, and it delivers brilliant shine to any hair type. So which oil is better? It’s really a matter of personal preference really. Due to the high cost of “true” Argan Oil, the price alone can be a definite factor for a lot of people. In addition, the fatty acids found in these oils, while beneficial, can also sometimes cause skin breakouts and acne. This is due to the presence of oleic acid, which can clog pores and cause inflammation. A quick read of the ingredients will help you decided, beware not all oils are always packaged in their truest form. Some companies list their products as Argan Oil, when it actually has very little, if any in it at all.
Personally, I like both products, each one has its own set of pros and cons. Sometimes it just comes down to the fragrance, since true Argon Oil does not smell nice, each company adds their own fragrance to their product. I like each product for different hair types. The brand “Moroccanoil” is great for hair that is curly, highly processed hair, color treated hair etc. Pretty much any hair type, but extremely fine hair (Moroccanoil also makes a light version for fine hair). I like the brand “Agadir” best for fine hair. Agadir is also great for all types of hair, but I find it may not be enough for overly processed hair or really coarse hair. Each product has a liquid form and a spray form. Another factor to consider is the environment, sometimes one product works better when used different times of the year. The hotter it is or the more humid it is, one product may work better than the other. Experiment with them both using them on dry hair and wet hair and see what works best for your hair.