Can Argan Oil Make Your Hair Grow?

Although many hair products containing argan oil makes claims about hair growth, there is no scientific evidence that it does.

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Wild blueberries. Tea tree oil. Acai berries. They’ve all had their 15 minutes of “it’s a miracle!” beauty product fame. Now it’s argan oil’s turn. Argan oil is produced from the argan tree that is native to Morocco. Its devotees claim argan oil can do everything from heal scars and erase wrinkles to prevent sunburns and promote hair growth. Oh, if only it were so.

Last week a patient of mine brought in an expensive shampoo made with argan oil that she believed would make her hair grow more quickly. She wanted to know what I thought about it.

Makers of beauty products can make claims such as “argan oil encourages hair growth” without having to back them up with proof. Here’s the truth about argan oil and hair growth: There is no scientific evidence that argan oil can help hair growth.

If you want your hair to feel silkier and smoother and like the feel and fragrance of hair products made with argan oil, then use them. But if you’re buying products with argan oil in the hope that they will produce some sort of physical or biological effect, then save your money. The only proven ingredient shown to promote hair growth is minoxidil which is found in Rogaine.

As with any oil product used on the hair, remember this: It’s best for dry, coarse, or frizzy hair. People with thin, fine hair may find it too greasy and heavy.

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9 thoughts on “Can Argan Oil Make Your Hair Grow?”

  1. lynn.janessa@yahoo.com says:

    So many product claims really push the limits as to how magical the ingredients are. They don’t fool us! :]

    I’ve used argan oil once from Josie Maran. I used it for the face and I quite liked it except I didn’t like to solely use that as a moisturizer. Applying too much feels greasy and applying just that isn’t moisturizing enough. I tried it on my (pretty healthy) hair (as I don’t use hot tools, blow dry, or chemically treat it) and it just made it look oily, faster.

    I prefer to use oils on hair as a mask rather than a leave-in conditioner. I love using olive oil by itself though my favorite hair treatment (condtioner) is Khiel’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak. It makes my hair extraordinarily soft and voluminous. It’s very moisturizing yet light weight once rinsed off. I use it every time I wash my hair or every other time depending on mood 😀 lol. I don’t wash my hair daily.

  2. Hi Dr. Benabio, Besides helping hair grow, I’ve heard that Argan oil helps many different skin problems. At least its being marketed for skin care. Do you know of any evidence that there is any benefit to using Argan oil for any purpose? The Moroccans certainly think so, they’re in the process of planting as many Argan trees as they can to ramp up production.

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  4. I don’t know the argon oil will help for a hair grow but banyan tree root oil, sesame oil will help for a hair grow.

  5. I have never heard of Argan oil before, very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’m not sure about banyan tree root oil and sesame oil. There are no studies that support it that I know of. Did it help you?

  7. That is terribly nice of you, Owen. Thanks a lot. It’s people like you who keep me motivated.

  8. I’ve heard similar claims. There is no scientific evidence that I’m aware of. But if you find some, I’d sure like to read it. Thanks for the comment and question, Andy.

  9. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Lynn, and for the recommendations. I’m sure other readers will find them helpful. Not washing your hair every day is fine for most people, so don’t feel bad about it!

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