Want to get serious about combatting hair loss? Meet argan oil, your new secret weapon.
This post is all about argan oil, one of the key ingredients in our science-backed formula for hair growth.
Argan oil is derived from the fruit of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. It’s rich in antioxidants, making it an ideal ingredient for hair care. In addition, argan oil has moisturizing properties that make it perfect for anyone dealing with a dry or irritated scalp.
Keep reading to take a deep dive into the science behind why argan oil is so good for your hair, and how it can even be used to boost hair growth.
Hair Loss and DHT
In many cases, hair loss can look different in males and females. However, the root cause is often the same: dihydrotestosterone, or DHT for short.
DHT is an androgen, a male sex hormone responsible for the physical changes that men experience in puberty, including increased depth in the voice, newfound ability to grow facial hair, and increased growth of body hair. In women, androgens like DHT are present, albeit in smaller quantities.
As you age, DHT can turn on you, causing your hair to grow shorter and thinner over time. Past the age of 50, over half of men and a quarter of women may experience what is known as androgenic alopecia, or male/female pattern hair loss. In women, pattern hair loss can look like a more evenly dispersed thinning of the hair, whereas in men it often manifests itself in the form of a receding hairline, or a bald spot on the crown of the head.
If you are genetically prone to hair loss, you’re not out of luck! We’ve formulated an extremely effective combination of ingredients that can make a major difference in the thickness, fullness and strength of your hair, even reversing male or female pattern hair loss over time.
To balance out the negative effects of DHT on your hair, we’ve formulated a special blend of DHT-blocking ingredients and included them in our shampoo and conditioner. These ingredients help to reduce and reverse the impact DHT on your hair, but won’t have negative effects on your hormones.
Oxidative Stress and Hair Loss
As you get older, your body can become more susceptible to oxidative stress, which can start to take a toll on your hair’s strength and appearance (we’ll discuss this further in just a bit). If you take good care of yourself, eating a healthy diet that is rich in antioxidants and getting enough sleep and exercise, you can reduce the effects of oxidative stress on your body.
However, you will inevitably experience some of the negative effects of oxidative stress on your body as you get older. Increased free radical production in your body can cause your hair and skin to get structurally weaker, and can even contribute to hair loss. As your skin and hair begin to get weaker, you may notice your hair getting grayer and more wrinkles appearing in your skin as well.
Gray hair and wrinkles on your skin are, of course, natural and expected side effects of aging. However, reducing the impact of oxidative stress on your body can make a significant positive impact on both your health and your appearance.
Argan oil, with its abundant antioxidant content and other hair-protecting qualities, is a perfect tool to keep in your arsenal when you are working to keep your hair looking full, thick and healthy.
What is in Argan Oil?
As you now know, argan oil is a natural derivative of the fruit of the argan tree. Argan trees are found in Morocco, a small North African country that has the perfect dry, arid climate for the trees to thrive.
Argan trees produce fruit, from which oil can be extracted and used for cooking, or applied to the skin or hair.
Benefits of Argan Oil for Your Hair
Rich in Antioxidants
Why put argan oil in your hair? First, it is rich in antioxidants, which have numerous benefits for your hair.
Antioxidants help your body fight the effects of oxidative stress as you age. Oxidative stress can cause signs of aging to be more visible. It can even weaken your hair by slowing down its production of keratin, a protein needed to keep your hair strong and healthy.
As you get older, your body starts producing more free radicals, which are molecules with unpaired electrons. These molecules can weaken your hair by stealing electrons from your healthy cells, causing your hair’s production of important proteins to slow down.
One of the main proteins that your hair needs to stay strong and healthy is keratin. Adequate amounts of keratin help to ensure that your hair doesn’t get weak and brittle. Keratin keeps your hair looking full, shiny and thick as well.
Because it contains an abundance of antioxidants, argan oil can help reduce the negative effects of free radical activity on your hair. When your hair is producing enough of the proteins that it needs to stay healthy and strong, it will grow better and stay looking good even as you age.
Moisturizing and Hydrating
Second, argan oil has moisturizing properties, meaning it can help keep your scalp from drying out.
Argan oil is rich in fatty acids, meaning it can keep your hair hydrated and moisturized by lubricating your hair. The moisturizing power of argan oil is especially important if you are using minoxidil to aid in combating hair loss and hair thinning.
When you are including minoxidil in your hair care regimen, you may experience an unwelcome side effect in the form of a dry and irritated scalp. However, you do not have to deal with this dryness and irritation if you properly moisturize your hair and scalp using a strong combination of ingredients, including argan oil.
Our specially formulated Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner combo includes argan oil as a moisture-promoting ingredient. The inclusion of argan oil in your hair care routine can help to mitigate the effects of minoxidil on your hair and scalp.
On that note, it is well worth it to include minoxidil in your arsenal of hair loss-fighting tools, especially because it has produced major results for so many people who have used it. The potential side effects of using minoxidil should not discourage you from using it, nor should you have to worry about any more serious side effects from minoxidil.
Argan oil is a powerhouse ingredient that has tons of benefits for your hair!
Whether or not you are dealing with hair loss or hair thinning, argan oil can have a major positive impact on the look and health of your hair.
By keeping your hair moisturized and providing it with much-needed antioxidants, argan oil can play a crucial role in your hair care routine. That’s why we added it to our Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner alongside an impressive list of high-quality ingredients that support hair growth and long-term hair health.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.