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MoroccanOil care for hair

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair, Limp Hair, Dull Hair
Reviewed by Copley August 13, 2008 16 Comments

My hair stylist just introduced me to her secret weapon. For centuries, women in Morocco have been coating it on their hair and nails to counteract the effects of aging and the elements.  The key ingredient is argan oil, which derives from a nut inside a lush fruit growing on Argan trees in the Southwest Moroccan desert.  Today, it resides in a special hair treatment called MoroccanOil.

I have tested my fair share of silicone serums and styling gels, and I have never found one that didn't load down my hair or give it a greasy sheen...until I met MoroccanOil.  Its weightless formula seals in a silky shine unlike any other.  MoroccanOil neither leaves a heavy build-up on hair nor an oily residue on the hands.  Going beyond similar hair products that treat frizz and combat humidity, MoroccanOil actually provides long-term conditioning and strengthening with continued use.  Moreover, it softens unmanageable hair, nourishes the scalp, repairs split ends, reduces drying time, and protects against UV damage.  Clearly, this is not your average hair oil!

MoroccanOil offers a versatile range of uses.  Professional hairstylists apply MoroccanOil on the hair both before and during color treatment, since it has been shown to enhance and prolong color.  It also boasts deep conditioning benefits that reduce frizz and increase elasticity.  At home, you can rub it throughout clean, damp hair before styling.  Highlighted hair will naturally require more oil than untreated hair, but a little does go a long way.  With a lasting aroma that is not overpowering, MoroccanOil smells so pleasant that it can stand alone as a simple hair perfume.

Packed with moisturizing unsaturated fatty acids, argan oil naturally renews cell structure and rebuilds the hair shaft, restoring life to dull or damaged locks.  It contains an extremely high count of tocopherols, which supply antioxidant powers to rid hair of free radicals.  Providing lubrication and shine, cyclopentasiloxane is a water-thin silicone fluid, which means that it helps disperse dimethicone (a heavier silicone) and does not weigh down the hair.  Both cyclopentasiloxane and cyclomethicone evaporate quickly after transporting nutrients to the hair shaft.  MoroccanOil's intoxicating scent owes its sweetness to coumarin, which has been used in perfumes evoking freshly mowed hay since 1882.

MoroccanOil is stored in an amber glass bottle ($39 for 3.4 oz.) to protect against oxidation caused by exposure to UV rays.  Its patented formula, around a year old, is unique in both fragrance and results.  To protect hair from damage and prepare it for effortless styling, MoroccanOil is a worthy addition to any haircare regime.

Ingredients in MoroccanOil:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

  • June 11, 2014

    by Khadija Fajry

    It's true that Moroccan women have been using Argan oil for centuries but only 100% Pure and organic Argan oil.
    The product your describing here is a cocktail of silicones that coat hair with a film of plastic and give the illusion of having shiny, silky hair. Usually it is a ephemeric situation that will require constant application of this fake product using the name of our national treasure Moroccan Argan oil.
    There is nothing Moroccan about these ingredients (beside the drop of Argan oil they add):
    Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

  • April 6, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    I used MoroccanOil for quite a while and had no problem with it, actually. While shopping for other hair products I ran across L'anza's Healing Strength Neem Plant Silk Serum and switched mainly because it was marketed to do all that MoroccanOil did plus protected against UV A, B, and C rays. I've used it for well over a year now, and I love it. A little goes a very long way. I find there is zero buildup, and I believe it helps my (salon colored) dark ash brown from fading between appointments. ~jk

  • April 6, 2012

    by Danny

    My sister who Is a hair dresser got free samples of these products . She was quite excited as she had read so much information in all the magazine journals . Now she has long but very fine hair and one day she picked me up and all I can say was she normally has wondeful hair but this day her hair looked kind of greasy and lank and just hung there . She said she applied some of the product and all thr silicones just left her hair in the most terrible lanky coated state . Took her ages to get it all off her hair . I bought her some Argan oil and Brazil nut oil and Macadamia oil and got them blended . That's the treatment she uses on herself now and her clients and it works wonders . I looked up the ingredients and was amazed how many silicones are in this range . The Argan oil was way down the list . I remember my other sister using Frizz ease by John Freda and that coating her hair so much she had to get a professional hair cleansing treatment to get it out of her hair

  • April 4, 2012

    by Marta

    I agree Tiffany, there's a lot of silicones. I am trying to persuade Kahina to launch something for the hair.

  • April 4, 2012

    by Tiffany

    A lot of this article talks about the benefits of argan oil, but as a couple of other commenters have touched on, there are a lot of other ingredients in this product. What percentage of MoroccanOil is argan oil and what are the rest of the ingredients for?

  • January 23, 2009

    by Laurie

    This stuff is fantastic!!!
    Tried pure argan oil, but the results were not as great.
    Would love a fragrance that smells like this stuff. It is incredible. Anybody know of one?

  • October 23, 2008

    by AmyV

    <p>Try pure argan oil - a very little amount is all that is necessary...a few drops to start. You can use it after you towel dry your hair. You can also pre-treat your hair and scalp with argan oil massaged in before you shampoo. You can be a little more generous with the amount. Then take a wet warm towel and turban it on your head. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then wash and condition as usual. You are nourishing your scalp and hair. I agree with Crystal that the percentage of argan oil is very low and that a unique blend of the the silicone chemicals are most likely what is providing the good results. Although the argan oil certainly can enhance the effects and contribute to a winning formula. If you want the pure argan oil for your hair or face try Kaeline. Truth in Aging already did a review of their Day Serum and recommended it. I love Kaeline's Argarome Fermete (argan firming serum) and their argan night balm with shea butter for my wrinkly 40 ish skin and baggy eyes.</p>

  • October 20, 2008

    by Crystal

    <p>Butylphenyl MethylPropional is a synthetic fragrance, and usually they don't use more than 2% in a cosmetic like that. So this product probably contain less than 2% of argan oil (because this ingredient is after this fragrance agent), no wonder why it's not greasy! Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone are silicone, it's great for a very shiny finish on hair, but it doesn't nourish or moisturize. I can't believe it cost 39$, with only 2% of good nourishing oil, it's very pricey. </p>

  • August 25, 2008

    by marta

    <p>I put the MO on damp hair this morning, dried it and am perfectly presentable. </p>

  • August 25, 2008

    by Mike626

    <p>With Moroccan Oil, you can leave it in your hair and there is no oily residue? That's fantastic. </p>

    <p>I've been using my rosehip oil as a hair mask overnight and have been happy with the results. But if Argan oil can be left in the hair *and* I could be seen in public, well... I'm sold.</p>

  • August 25, 2008

    by marta

    <p>My initial experiments with rosehip oil have not been a success. It is...well...oily. I could have fried chips in my hair after trying to substitute it for the Moroccan Oil. Same problem with skin. I'm going to have to find something to mix the 100% rosehip with. </p>

  • August 19, 2008

    by Julie Kay

    <p>I'm saving up for this oil as I type! Sad to say it lags in priority to the aging skin on my (omg, the day HAS arrived) face/neck. I'm really trusting y'all on this one! My hair has been my lifelong vanity, and now, even it shows signs of (ACH-aging) drying. Nothing I try- from 'past proven winners' to new 'absolutely recommended' seem to give me healthy, hydrated hair without the weight of product. Can't wait to use this oil! ~Julie</p>

  • August 19, 2008

    by marta

    <p>There's one way to find out.... I'll let you know.</p>

  • August 19, 2008

    by Mike626

    <p>Marta, I wonder if the rosehip oil you recently purchased would have the same effect?</p>

  • August 19, 2008

    by marta

    <p>I tried this for the first time this morning. My hair feels soft and sleek. No more frizz. This is going to be part of my daily regime too.</p>

  • August 14, 2008

    by Emily

    <p>My friends at Truth in Aging have beaten me to the punch. I happened to notice the MoroccanOil products at my hair salon about ten days ago--I tried both the oil and a leave-in conditioner--and promptly bought the oil. I've used it every day since, and I completely agree with Copley's observations. It's great on both hair and scalp, and doesn't feel remotely greasy. I visited Truth in Aging this morning planning to drop you a line about this product! But I was, as they say, a day late.</p>

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