What is argan oil?

For anyone looking to care for their hair, Argan Oil has become a popular recommendation. If you intend to start using natural oils on your hair or skin, then it helps to work out what the long-term pros and cons of doing so will be. Let’s take a look at what you could do if you are looking for help from Argania spinosa oil. 

What is argan oil?

Otherwise known as Argania spinosa, Argan oil is a popular form of natural oil. It’s become increasingly common for people who want to try and help either their hair or their skin feel and look better. Over the last few years, as people have become more aware of essential and natural oils, Argan oil in particular has grown in popularity. 

Argan oil has been used for centuries in places like Morocco as a cosmetic oil, and today it holds a very important place in modern cosmetics.

Lets take a further look in to the benefits Argan oil has on our hair. 

Argan oil for hair: benefits

If you were to try and use Argan oil on your hair then you would want to make sure you do so correctly. Some of the reasons why people are using Argan oil as part of their hair care regime includes the following benefits: 

Argan oil side effects

However, please note that using Argan oil can have some notable side-effects on the body. Some of these effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Digestive upset, including bouts of nausea and excessive gas if consumed.
  • Stomach disruption, including dealing with diarrhea in some occasions.
  • A temporary loss of appetite, which should pass.
  • Bloating.
  • Skin condition reactions, such as acne and other breakouts of the skin. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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