Josie Maran’s affinity for Argan oil is apparent; the model’s eponymous cosmetic line infuses the Moroccan age-old remedy for dry skin in everything from blush and concealer to a multi-purpose moisturizing stick and most recently in her spring line of hair Argan oil hair serum ($30) is touted as providing instant shine, along with being able to seal split ends and deliver intense moisture. products. Her latest product, the

Maran first discovered Argan oil on a photo shoot in France, and has continued to use it since. Her loyalty to the tagline ‘luxury with a conscience’ means the brand  is natural and chemical free, and the oil is sourced from local women’s cooperatives in Morocco to sustain the local economy. Argan oil, which was traditionally used by Berbers for a variety of medicinal and cosmetic purposes, is comprised of essential fatty acids including Omega oils, linoleic acid and oleic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E). These components can hydrate the skin and hair, and have antioxidant properties.

Like the potent hair growth stimulator Emu oil, Argan oil is rich in linoleic and oleic acid, but it seems as if  Emu oil, which is highly penetrating, is more conducive to rejuvenating hair growth. In fact, there is no scientific research that says that Argan oil itself can directly contribute to the growth of hair.  That said, oleic acid and linoleic acid are generally included in hair growth products like Revivogen. The Omega oils have also been shown to moisturize and hydrate, along with contributing to the strengthening of hair, which gives credibility to the product’s claim to seal split ends.

With the added ingredients of avocado oil, olive oil and jojoba, all of which are meant to deeply moisturize,  the serum would give dry hair a definite boost of moisture.  It may not work miracles in the hair growth department, but it doesn’t claim to. The verdict: sufferers of dry hair and split ends may want to give this hair serum a shot.

Ingredients

Cyclomethicone (and) Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum (Geranium) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol (and) Phenoxyethanol (and) Hexylene Glycol.