Over the course of the last few years of blogging and testing out tons of haircare products, I figured out that argan oil is my jam. As per usual, I started getting curious about why argan oil has become such a staple, when I can distinctly remember a time not too long ago when no one had ever heard of it. So before we talk about HSI Professional Argan Oil haircare, we’ll take a slight detour to Morocco where the oil originates.
The argan oil that we use in hair and skincare today starts out as the fruit of the Argan tree in Morocco. The argan nut contains the kernels and it’s the kernels that contain the oil. The flesh of the nut is either dried before kernels are extracted, or peeled away from kernels to be used as animal feed. Then the oil gets extracted from the kernels. Since the process can’t be mechanized, this is still done by hand right now in 2016. The oil used in cosmetics comes from unroasted kernels. Argan oil is also used in Moroccan cooking, but that comes from roasted kernels, since roasting enhances the nutty flavors.
The reason that people love using argan oil is that it’s good for your whole body. You can use it as a facial cleanser, moisturizer, cuticle oil and hair conditioner. You can mix it with various ingredients to create DIY beauty products, like the argan oil and apple cider vinegar pre-shampoo treatment I love making. The oil contains vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants. 100% argan oil is the ingredient you’re looking for on labels.
HSI Professional uses argan oil in it’s Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner to enrich and beautify all hair textures. The Smoothing Shampoo ($17) is sulfate free and enriched with an alphabet full of vitamins (A, B, C and D) and will leave hair feeling squeaky clean. The rich formulas is meant to help you extend the life of your color and salon treatments. The Smoothing Conditioner ($18) detangles on contact, re-hydrates freshly washed hair and leaves hair silkily softened. Products like these use argan oil as an ingredient to infuse hair with shine and resilience.
If you use argan oil for natural hair, you may be interested in HSI’s Argan Oil Smoothing Hair Mask ($25). A creamy deep conditioning treatment, it restores moisture and fights down the frizz. The argan oil in the formula is key to repairing damage done to hair from heat treatments and coloring. It also contains hydrolized keratin and collagen amino acids for resilience and shine.The mask is great on all hair textures, but thirsty curls are always in need of a good moisturizing mask.
Argan oil’s healing properties come into play when used in HSI’s Heath Protectant Spray and Leave-in Hair Treatment. If you’re regularly using heat styling tools, your hair will probably end up looking fried if you don’t take precautions. HSI’s Argan Oil Heat Protectant ($14.99) protects your hair (or extensions) up to 450 degrees. Spray it on before heat styling to keep hair moisturized and smooth. The Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment ($34.00) combines organic argan oil and essential nutrients to create a lightweight, non-greasy leave in conditioner that can work with or instead of the heat protectant. The treatment is for all hair textures, and leaves hair with a healthy shine.
While there are tons of miracle ingredients on the market, argan oil proves over and over again that it’s the best ingredient for hydrating dry hair and repairing hair that’s been damaged by chemicals and heat styling. It’s great for people with curly, kinky or textured hair which is always in need of nurturing and moisture. You can regularly massage scalp with argan oil to grow hair. And while the popularity of the product means using more of the oil, the Argan forest is Morocco was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1998, so the production of the oil employs local labor and is also a sustainable business.
*This was a post sponsored by HSI Professional