Sun, pollution, stress, poor diet, smoking but also aesthetic treatments such as dye can weaken and damage hair. How to protect the hair even in view of the summer? A help comes from argan oil, as emerges from a very recent scientific research published in the Journal of Cosmetic dermatology by an Iranian team (Sharifi et al, J Cosmet Dermatol, 2022).
Hair is also affected by free radical damage
Like any other part of the body, hair is susceptible to oxidative stress caused by an excess of free radicals. Excessive exposure to the sun, but also to sources of pollution, a stressful lifestyle, an unbalanced diet, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol and aggressive beauty treatments can worsen this condition. As a result, hair loses proteins and becomes damaged, dry, brittle, tending to break or fall out easily. With the arrival of summer, you stay outdoors longer and this could expose your hair to greater risks of oxidative stress. Fortunately, a pre-treatment with argan oil can really help to counteract the damage of free radicals on the hair, as shown by the study we are talking about today.
Argan oil protects hair and strengthens it
Scientists conducted a laboratory study on hair strands. The available strands were divided into three groups and subsequently exposed to oxidative stress. The first group was not subjected to any pretreatment before exposure to oxidative stress factors. The second group was pretreated with argan oil, which was then removed, at least in part, with mechanical methods such as dabbing or rubbing off the oil with pieces of fabric. The third group was subjected to pretreatment with argan oil which was then washed off with water. Successive tests showed that in both groups subjected to pretreatment with argan oil, the hair was more protected from free radical damage and showed less protein loss, even after the excess oil was removed. In fact, even washing the hair with water, argan oil has been shown to remain on the hair, guaranteeing protection against free radicals.
Here's how to use argan oil for hair beauty and health
So treating your hair with argan oil can be a really good choice to protect the health of our hair. Pour two or three drops of argan oil into the palm of your hand, rub the palms of your hands together and then pass them through the hair parted in strands.