Argan oil is made by extracting the oil from the Argan tree (Argania spinosa) nut kernels. Argan trees are prevalent to Morocco, with much smaller regions of growth in Algeria and Israel. The production areas are very limited, but demand and cost of the oil is high. The Argan trees grow 8-10 metres tall and live from 150-200 years. The shelf life of Argan oil is 3-6 months.
Even though Moroccan Argan Oil has gained worldwide popularity in the last few years, in my native Morocco, the oil has been around since antiquity and used both in the country’s cuisine and for personal beautification of the skin and hair.
My wife attributes her long, healthy, frizz free and dandruff free hair, to her regular use of Argan oil treatments. The oil’s fatty acids provide numerous nutrients and anti-oxidant properties make her hair shinier, softer and stronger.
To make the monthly homemade hair mask, she simply applies two full tablespoons of pure and natural Argan oil and massages the oil into her scalp and hair. After the massage, she wraps her hair in a towel for 2-3 hours. At the end of the treatment time, she takes a shower.