A is for Argan Oil
Most of us have heard that using OIL on your hair extensions IS BAD. If you haven’t heard the speculation, it’s said that using oil on your hair weighs it down. It becomes greasy, oily and stiffer than a cardboard box. And if you’ve ever seen stiff weave or stiff natural hair…then you KNOW.
But the whole point of us wearing hair extensions is to have thicker, fuller, and effortlessly bouncy hair, so we AVOID OIL AT ALL COSTS.
We are here to tell you that this outdated notion is a MYTH. Now, we aren’t telling you to go and buy some Blue Magic hair grease and slather it on your extensions, you’ll be mad at us for life if you try this…but a little oil does go a long way in maintaining natural shine.
He who finds a BEN finds a good thing. Ben Franklin is on the $100 Bill. It’s all about the Benjamins’ baby. Ben & Jerry’s fathers one of the top Ice Cream brands in America…don’t argue. Been there, done that, is a famous phrase that has made its way all the way into the Oxford dictionary So pay particularly close attention to the BEN-E-FITS of Argan oil.
There are a lot of benefits that come along with Argan oil and those benefits don’t just protect your hair extensions. If you want a product that’s going to promote natural hair health and gives your dry, dull hair extensions an extra boost, Argan oil is your girl! The vitamin A, vitamin E, antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid found in Argan oil are great sources that help nourish hair. Beyond that, Argan oil, a small nut that grows inside a little fruit from an Argan tree, can nourish your skin, and serve as a dietary supplement for wound healing, scar healing (eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry skin) and rash relief.
Whew, the benefits go on and on and on.
What? How? When?
Ok, so now that we know and understand the benefits, the next thing is, what kind of argan oil should you use? How much should you use? When do you apply the product?
The type of Argan Oil you should use, is insignificant. Insignificante. It’s what’s in the ingredients list that matters. You want to find Argan oil that has only one ingredient: 100% Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa) Kernel Oil. No preservatives, no fragrances, no parrafinum, not even water. Just pure, organic Argan Oil.
Research has shown that when you combine Argan oil with other ingredients you DEGRADE the effects.
Shea Moisture has an organic Argan oil that you can purchase at your local ULTA for $9.99. Sis…go get you some.
So, you took a break from reading this article, you sprinted to the store, grabbed you some Argan oil, and my good sis, you are ready…but now you’re wondering how much Argan oil should you use? We appreciate you coming back and trusting us and all the answers to your questions have been detailed below.
If you are using Argan Oil for your hair extensions, 1-2 pumps is enough. 1-2 pumps for short hair, 3-4 pumps for long.
Pump the product into your hands, rub your hands together and apply the product from TIP to ROOT. Do not let those last three words go unheard ladies. Apply the product from the tips of your hair, or the ends, and then work it all the way to the root. We do this because the ends of your hair are the driest and most damaged, which is why your hair can remain heavy and stiff when you have split ends and be completely revitalized when those ends are removed. Therefore, we want to make sure those ends stay moisturized and have the most product on them.
If you are using Argan oil on your natural hair, for instance, as a moisturizer for your braid down in between wig or hair extension installs, apply the Argan oil in between each braid. 1 Pump in between each braid will do. Rub the product in, using your fingers, from the front of the braid to the back. Make sure each part of your scalp has product on it and is well moisturized to save your hair from drying out under your extensions. This will be a huge life saver for chronic itchy scalps and dandruff build-up.
If you are one of our fancy readers who refuses to do their own hair and never misses their two-week appointment with their stylist, make sure your scalp is being moisturized EVERYTIME your stylist puts in or takes out your extensions. If your stylist is not doing so, its okay to be a little boujetto and carry your own handy dandy travel size Argan oil bottle. Yes, that’s right, we are urging you to BYOB, and hand it to your stylist. Your braid down needs to stay just as moisturized as your hair extensions.
We have discussed the benefits of Argan oil. We have discussed some brands you can use and where you can find them. We have discussed how much of the product to use, but how many of you are wondering when to apply the product? Do you use it as a conditioner, do you use it strictly for your scalp, do you apply it after you’ve washed your hair or do you apply it once you’ve finished styling your hair?
The answer is ALLUM. Aka all of them.
You can use Argan oil as a deep conditioner before you condition your hair with a sulfate free product. Using hair oils helps protect your scalp and is ideal if you have fine hair, dry hair or a sensitive scalp that is prone to dandruff. Make sure you are using Argan oil on hair that has already been shampooed. Whether you are deep conditioning your natural hair or your human hair extensions, you can use a good amount of your Argan oil deep conditioner or 100% Argan oil. Once the product is applied, make sure your hair feels silky and can be combed through with a wide tooth comb and then let it sit for at LEAST 15-20 minutes. If you have time to spare, you can let it sit overnight. If you have a hooded dryer, you can put a plastic cap over your hair and sit for 15-20 minutes to let your hair soak up the oil. Follow up with your regular conditioning routine.
You can also use Argan oil on damp or dry hair using the 1-2 pump method on short hair or the 3-4 pump method on long hair. Short hair is considered 10 to 20 inches while long hair is considered 22 to 30 inches. Hair longer than 30 inches will require additional pumps. Do not go any higher than 6 pumps unless your hair Is still feeling extremely dry. The more you play with these methods, the more you’ll pay attention to the way your hair feels, and you’ll know what’s best for you.
Finally, you can use Argan oil to tame flyaways post-styling. Again use the 1-2 pump method on short hair and 3-4 pumps on long hair. Never run your hands through your hair unless you have product on them. Doing so will cause a frizzy mess that will leave your hair dry and dull. Adding a little oil to a finished style will make it shinier, bouncier and in turn, decrease shedding and tangling throughout the day.
So, to recap, Argan oil is good for hair health: natural tresses and human hair extensions. Argan oil can act as a deep conditioner, an encore to a finished style, or used on damp or dry hair as a pre-styler. Argan oil has essential ingredients that not only promote hair growth, but also nourishes your skin and serves as a dietary supplement for scars and wound healing, Argan oil is best in its natural, raw state. Argan oil will not weigh your hair down or make it icky unless you use too much while styling, so stick to 1-2 pumps on short hair and 3-4 pumps on long.
You have reached the end. You can now take a deep breath and stretch it out. We know this has been a tremendous amount of information. We lost half of you a long time ago, but for the other half that stuck with us, we appreciate you. Our job is not just to sell hair, but to also educate our clients about hair care, hair hacks and healthy hair growth. Thank you so much for reading our hair dictionary. We can’t wait to bring you more content. Please stay tuned for B. B is for BUNDLES and we are going to tell you why you should choose them and how to keep them looking fresh throughout the duration of your sew-ins and installs. If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.