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What Are the Benefits of Moroccan Oil—and How Should You Be Using It?

Updated: Jun 21, 2022

Shopping for skin and hair oils can be tough one, with so many brands to chose from you don't want anything super heavy that will lead to breakouts or that will make your strands look greasy. That being said, Moroccan oil has long been touted as a savior for treating dry and damaged hair, skin and nails, thanks to its conditioning properties.

Ahead, we discuss the benefits of Moroccan oil, how it works, and how you should be using it.

Moroccan oil is made from the kernels of the argan nut, which is found inside the fruit of the argan tree, native to Morocco (hence the name). In order to get the oil, the fruit has to be dried (typically under the sun), and the nuts extracted, cracked, and pressed—so that the oil is released. Recently there has been a small supply and that growing these types of trees is mostly limited to a single country, hence the rarity. Moroccan oil is considered to be one of the rarer oils, which explains the hype and why The original treatment comes with the price tag.

The benefits of Moroccan oil

Moroccan oil is packed with omega fatty acids, which improve dry skin and add shine to damaged hair. The phenols in Moroccan oil maintain scalp health and help to balance the pH levels, which can combat oil. It also boasts vitamin E and linoleum acids to lightly moisturize your skin, soften dry patches, and even reduce acne scars. Moroccan oil is considered anti-aging, meaning it can help lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent sun damage.

It's safe to use on most skin and hair types (and can even keep psoriasis and eczema at bay).

How to use Moroccan oil

When it comes to using Moroccan oil for hair, a little can go a long way—so think, less is more. Apply a few droplets in the palm of your hand, and then use your fingers to massage the oil onto your face or hair.

Because argan oil is lighter in comparison to other oils on the market, it can be a total game changer for dry, parched hair, as well—particularly when it comes to hydrating tresses and adding shine. Celebrity stylist Dmitiri Giannetos, who works with Camila Cabello and Meghan Trainor, loves working with Moroccan oil: "It gives a deep moisture to the hair compared to all the other oils without making the hair feel either heavy or greasy." Use it on hair that has been towel dried, and work it into your ends in the morning before brushing, says Giannetos.

Interested in reaping the moisturizing benefits of Moroccan oil, but don't know where to start? Keep scrolling for expert-approved picks for skin, hair, and nails.


Which Moroccanoil Treatment should I go for?

The Moroccanoil Treatment Light offers all the same benefits as the Original, however is better suited for people with fine and light-coloured hair (bleached and grey hair). It's basically the same formula, with all the same ingredients, only in a lighter form, texture and colour.

Do you put Moroccan oil on wet or dry hair?

Apply 1–2 pumps of Moroccanoil® Treatment to clean, towel-dried hair, from mid-length to ends. Blow-dry or let dry naturally. Apply on dry hair to tame flyaways, condition split ends and smooth hair.

Should you use Moroccan oil everyday?

Moroccanoil Treatment is an ideal daily go-to, because you can use it on its own before air-drying or as a nourishing foundation for other styling products on days when you need to step up your game.

Does Moroccan oil help hair grow faster?

Argan oil, otherwise known as Moroccan oil, is a natural substance known for its nourishing properties as well as its high levels of vitamin E, carotenes, and phenols. While it's not a miracle product, argan oil can help stimulate hair growth by improving the health of your scalp.

Can I use Moroccan oil before flat iron?

By using Argan oil on your hair before you flat iron, you can protect your strands from the heat, add moisture and shine to your hair and reduce frizz all at the same time! For best results, apply protectant to damp hair. Divide hair into sections.

Does Moroccan Oil protect hair from sun?

For centuries the Moroccan Women have revered Argan Oil for its numerous beauty and anti-aging benefits. One of the original Beauty uses of Argan Oil by the Moroccan Women was for skin and hair protection from the harsh Sun, Heat and Wind of the Desert climate

Is Moroccan oil good for frizzy hair?

Argan oil, which is infused into every single Moroccanoil product, is an excellent frizz-fighting ingredient. The oil's high concentration of essential fatty acids help seal the cuticle, which keeps the hair from absorbing moisture in the air (and subsequently swelling and frizzing).

Should we apply oil on wet hair?

Absolutely. Applying the oil while the hair is wet will nourish and protect it from frizz and pollution as it dries into a subtly shiny version of its natural texture. Once the hair is dry, you may pump a touch more oil into your palm, rub it between your hands and smooth it over your lengths and ends.

Should you oil your hair before washing?

Applying the right hair oil (at least a half-hour) before you shampoo your hair allows the oil to soak into your hair shaft and seal that fragile inner layer, making it less likely to get water-logged and therefore less likely to get damaged or break

Get the silky, shiny and healthy hair you've always wanted. Moroccanoil Treatment is the product that pioneered oil-infused hair care and created the worldwide buzz on argan oil. The original foundation for hairstyling, Moroccanoil Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool.


Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine—leaving you with nourished, manageable, and smooth hair with each use. Outshine the rest.

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