It seems like every day there’s a new hair oil that’s all the rage. Coconut, olive, mongongo, grapeseed, avocado, almond, argan, and baobab oil—it’s hard to keep track! We’re breaking down all their unique benefits so you can decide which oil is best for you and your hair.
Almond oil has been used since ancient times to treat dry skin conditions and improve skin tone. It’s an emollient, which means it works on a cellular level to fill in gaps in your skin and hair, resulting in hair that is silky and smooth to the touch. Almond oil also contains high amounts of vitamin E—a natural antioxidant that combats the environmental stress around your hair keeping it looking younger and healthier. The lubricating properties of this nut oil also helps to diminish friction during hair styling, reducing breakage and split ends. Almond oil can even be used to combat flaky scalp and psoriasis.
It seems like everyone is talking about argan oil—and for good reason! Argan oil has become a favorite cosmetic ingredient in both hair and skin products because it's nourishing, hydrating, and is packed with vitamins A, C, and E. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid, and omega-6 fatty acids. Argan oil nourishes hair from root to tip, and its vitamin E component can help repair damaged ends and protect hair from future breakage.
Where does argan oil come from? Argan oil is cold-pressed from the nut-like kernels from the fruit of the Moroccan argan tree. Fun fact—these kernels are so nutritious that goats climb the trees just to eat them! Traditionally, local women would find undigested kernels in goat dung, and smash the kernels with stones to grind and press the oil. Although some areas of Morocco still use this traditional method, most argan oil is now produced from more modern harvesting technologies—which means no dung required! Because argan oil is such a popular product and comes from an endangered tree, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially protected the trees in 1998. Conservation and cultivation efforts for the argan tree ensures that the trees will continue to thrive and jobs are sustained for local women.
Argan oil is such a wonderful multi-tasking ingredient, here at Madison Reed, we’ve put it in nearly every product we make! From the Madison Reed Permanent Hair Colors to our Shampoos and Conditioners and whole range of Styling Products. Argan Oil is indeed the superhero of oils that can do wonders for reviving dry, dull and tired hair.
Avocado oil is another lightweight oil that makes it a great option for adding moisture and shine to thinner hair types without making it look flat or greasy. Avocado oil also works wonders for all hair types including thicker, higher-density strands, as it penetrates the hair and scalp as opposed to clogging or sitting on the surface. Avocado oil contains biotin, which can promote the growth of healthier, thicker, and longer hair. It also contains minerals that can help seal the cuticle—as well as moisturize, repair, and strengthen your hair to prevent future damage.