WTF Is Argan Oil? And Why Should I Use It On My Hair?


Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini |

By Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini; photograph by James Garaghty

Whether you’ve got curly, straight or wavy hair, argan oil can seriously help you out…

Every year a new crop of miracle beauty ingredients pops up – but argan oil is the stay-fast superstar on the block. This ingredient is still the rage in at-home hair treatments for a reason.

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Made from the nuts of the argan tree, which grow almost exclusively in Morocco, this oil is said to have restorative effects. It contains twice as much vitamin E as olive oil and is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, making hair softer, silkier and shinier. Here, your doses:

1. Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo (R330)

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This argan oil-infused shampoo provides smoothing and frizz-calming properties for soft, supple, free-flowing hair, without stripping away natural oils. Available at

2. Moroccan Oil Treatment (R970)

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This treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It’ll completely transform any tangled, frizzy mane. Available at 

3. Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask (R72)

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Dealing with a serious case of dehydrated locks? Rebuild strength and restore elasticity to dry damaged hair with this intensive hair masque. Available at

4. L’Oreal Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray (R100)

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Caught between hair colour touch-ups? This sweat-proof spray conceals grey or faded roots with just one quick spritz – when, where and how you need it. Available at

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