Did you know that the molecules in Moroccan Oil products are actually too large to penetrate your hair cuticle? And since it can’t penetrate your hair cuticle, if just kind of sits on top of your hair. This might help your hair feel smooth for a bit, but long term use will actually cause it to dry your hair out. I was pretty surprised to learn this, considering all the hype in the beauty industry, so I decided to dig a bit more into it.
The Truth About Moroccan Oil Products
Since Moroccan Oil just sits on top of your hair, and never penetrates it- it creates a barrier on each strand which will actually block out any moisturizer your hair needs. Why is this? Well, it could be several things, but I’m guessing that the main ingredients in Moroccan oil are not in fact, argan oil.
Key Ingredients are Often Silicones
Most Moroccan oils you’ll find on the shelves today will have silicone as the first two key ingredients. While the silicones will help your hair appear smoother- it doesn’t even penetrate your hair to nourish or heal it. In fact, it will dry out your hair and cause more damage.
First 4 Ingredients:
1. Cyclopentasiloxane (a volatile silicone polymer that evaporates)
2. Dimethicone (a silicone lubricant)
3. Cyclomethicone (an unstable silicone polymer that evaporates )
4. Butylphenyl Methylpropional (a synthetic fragrance)
Here’s what I find interesting though- over the counter products like FrizzEase do the exact same thing with the exact same key ingredients and for a lot less. Sure, they both will dry out your hair in the end, but why spend more to do that?
Moroccan Oil Only Contains a Tiny Amount of Argan Oil
Argan oil is essentially the “miracle” product that works wonders on your hair, and why people rush to buy Moroccan Oil. However, in most cases, argan oil is the 5th ingredient and comes after a synthetic fragrance. Interesting, to say the least.
How Does Monat’s Rejuvenique Oil Stack Up?
Learning the truth about Moroccan Oil products definitely made me glad I’ve been using a different oil for my hair. But I wanted to compare the ingredient lists and see just how different they are. Here’s what I found.
The Truth About Monat’s Rejuvenique Oil
Monat’s products are naturally based, and that goes for Rejuvenique Oil as well. Monat sources their oils from all over the world, and then the oils must meet their guidelines for potency, sustainability, and worker well-being. I love that the workers that source these oils are treated humanely and fair.
First Four Ingredients in Monat’s Rejuvenique Oil
1. Meadow Foam Oil (contains 98% long chain fatty acids making it very stable)
2. Abyssian Oil (from the Crambe Abyssinica plant which has fatty acids that mimic the effects of silicon for shine; lubricate the hair deep into the follicle, and protect and coat each strand)
3. Camellia Oleifera Oil ( A natural, plant-based moisturizer for hair and skin)
4. Tomato Seed Oil (cold pressed tomato seed oil that’s mostly fatty acids- used for anti-aging creams and hair health)
There’s a pretty big difference in comparison to Moroccan Oil products, in my opinion, of the main ingredients.
Monat’s Rejuvenique Oil Molecules are Smaller
One great thing about Monat’s Rejuvenique Oil is that the molecules are small, which helps the Oil penetrate the hair follicles. This helps the hair in a lot of ways, but a big one is it helps hair color last longer and sustain its healthy shine. Why is that? Because of the water.
Water is one of the main culprits when it comes to color fading in your hair. It’s pretty simple- water dilutes the hair pigment, causing fading. Monat’s Rejuveniqe Oil molecules penetrate the cuticle, unlike Moroccan Oil products and get into the cortex where the color is stored. Then, the oil molecules create a chain which expels the water molecules. The Oil remains inside the hair, sealing the cuticle, so it is tight, which keeps your color safe. Pretty cool.
Benefits of Monat’s Rejuvenique Oil
- Helps rejuvenate hair and scalp
- Silicone free
- Great for skin and nails
So- Is Moroccan Oil Worth All the Hype?
Considering most people will buy Moroccan Oil products for the argan oil in it- I don’t think Moroccan Oil is worth the hype. Further- I believe that Moroccan Oil can do a lot of long term damage to your hair if you use it a lot. You’re honestly a lot better off to just buy pure argan oil.
As always, if you’re not sure what you’re using is right for your hair or not- don’t hesitate to reach out to me.