Do you love that Moroccan hair oil serum from the salon? Learn how to make your own DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum Treatment with a few simple ingredients and without the silicone-based fillers and artificial fragrances.
Years ago, my hair stylist introduced me to a popular hair styling serum with Argan oil. It was all the rage with celebrities, and lined the shelves of high-end salons and department stores. I used it faithfully for a while because I loved the scent and it did help to curb my split ends. It was my first introduction to Argan oil.
Ingredients in Some Store Bought Hair Serums
One day, I looked at the ingredients on the label and was shocked. It was touted as a nourishing hair treatment from Morocco packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids to repair dry and damaged hair. BUT the ingredient label told another story…
Here are just some of the ingredients in I found:
- Silicon-based hair emollients (cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone and cyclomethicone) all listed as 2-3/10 1o being the worst) on the EWG’s SkinDeep cosmetic database1 and associated organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption and environmental toxicity.
- Synthetic fragrances (butylphenyl methylpropional and coumarin) both listed as a 7/10 (1o being the worst) on the EWG’s SkinDeep cosmetic database1 and associated with allergies and contact dermatitis. Butylphenyl methylpropional is linked to organ system toxicity and endocrine disruption.
- Fragrance masks (alpha-isomethyl ionone) listed as a 5/10 (1o being the worst) on the EWG’s SkinDeep cosmetic database1.
- Argania spinoza kernel oil (Argan oil)
- Linseed extract
- Cosmetic (artificial) colorants (D&C Yellow-11 and D&C Red-17) listed as a 1-4/10 and 5/10, respectively, (1o being the worst) on the EWG’s SkinDeep cosmetic database1 and associated with organ system toxicity.
- Solvents and preservatives (benzyl benzoate) listed as a 6/10 (1o being the worst) on the EWG’s SkinDeep cosmetic database1 due to endocrine disruption and associated with allergies and contact dermatits.
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DIY Argan Hair Serum
- 2 oz argan oil
- 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
- 5 drops geranium essential oil
- 5 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 2 oz glass dropper bottle
- Add all ingredients to a glass dropper bottle. Shake well. Store in a cool, dry spot.
- Use 1-2 pumps on the ends of dry or wet hair (I prefer wet hair and I either air dry or blow dry), or as needed.
1. Skin Deep Database, Environmental Working Group.
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I’ve used the oil plain on my hair.
One question though, if you put this in a dropper bottle how do you get 2 squirts? Do you mean 2 droppers full?
This is very interesting. I will use the recipe.
Hi! I was wondering if adding Vitamin E to this recipe would be okay. I want to use a little as a natural preservative.
Tracey Black says
Yes, you absolutely can add vitamin E.