Organic, cold-pressed oils are increasingly popular as ingredients in beauty products and as beauty treatments in and of themselves. After all, cold-pressed coconut oil and other oils are hydrating, nourishing and affordable. Coconut oil is nutritious and healthy as an ingredient in meals, snacks and smoothies. In addition it can also provide shine and bounce to your hair.
People in Asia, Africa and Polynesia have been using coconut oil as a hair treatment for thousands of years. Similarly, women in North Africa have been using argan oil to maintain their skin and hair health since ancient times. Both oils give your body and immune system a real boost – they promote vibrancy and give you an inner glow that shines through to your outer appearance.
That said, there has been a lot of debate about which of these healthful oils are better for your hair. There are plenty of claims online about Argan Oil vs. Coconut Oil, but in this article we are going beyond the hype and testing both oils to determine – which is better for hair?
Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil vs Argan Oil 101
Despite millennia of use in the global south, coconut oil has only recently made waves in Europe and North America. Cold-pressed coconut oil is produced by compressing the meat of coconuts, and has been shown to help with countless health problems, minor maladies – and it tastes great on food! Argan oil is the oil of a nut that grows in the Moroccan desert. It has also recently gained momentum in the beauty market, especially as an aid for dry, brittle locks.
The two types of oil contain many essential fatty acids that are good for hair, and they are completely chemical free, meaning they can be used liberally with no fear of toxicity.
Coconut Oil vs Argan Oil for Hair Growth
Doctors and experts have long touted coconut oil for its many anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a great treatment for rashes, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and other fungal infections that can hinder hair growth. Coconut oil can also help to remove dead and damaged skin, which in turn then stimulates your follicles.
Argan oil has many of the same properties, but it has less effectiveness as an anti-bacterial agent. Coconut oil definitely helps to stimulate hair growth to a greater degree, but argan oil can boast higher levels of Vitamin E. Vitamin E and other antioxidants are excellent at speeding up cell regeneration, something that will also speed up hair growth.
Overall hair health – Coconut Oil vs. Argan Oil
Both argan oil and coconut oil are filled with antioxidants, naturally occurring chemical compounds that can prevent your hair from being damaged by the environment. UV rays, pollutants and other factors can all have an adverse effect on your hair’s look and health. The antioxidants within can really help to prevent this damage, all the while keeping your hair looking its best regardless the environment outside.
Both Argan Oil and Coconut Oil can also seal your hair’s cuticles, making your hair appear lustrous and shiny. With Coconut Oil’s high fatty acid content, it is ideal for giving your hair life and vibrancy, but do remember that it can be difficult to wash out and might require a double shampoo.
Both oils are very good for your hair, but Coconut Oil’s antibacterial qualities make the coconut a clear winner when it comes to scalp health. Without a healthy scalp, you can’t have healthy hair!
I suggest using coconut oil as a weekly intensive scalp treatment – your hair will look and feel at its best.