Friday, May 23, 2014

**REVIEW UPDATED** Morocco Argan Oil

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

This Morocco Argan Oil: restorative hair treatment mask is a product by Pure & Essentials Mineral.

A promised when I reviewed this the first time, I had my niece try it to see if someone with a different hair texture would have a better experience. She tried it and the results were a disaster.

She experienced a "fried" hair texture after rinsing. We thought that was bad enough, but it got worse. When her hair dried, we noticed that some of it was literally broken off. Her edges are the worst, and it looks as if she got something toxic in her hair. 

Needless to say, she is not happy with the results. Where I originally thought that my coarser hair texture was the reason for my poor results, it seems that my hair resisted some of the damage better than someone with 
naturally straight and finer hair.

 I cannot recommend using this without performing a strand test.

When I received this from Amazon and opened it up, I saw that there was some leakage. Since the product itself was smeared around the lid, I assume that the lubrication caused the lid to loosen during shipment. ~shrug~ I can't tell how much of the product leaked out because it had kind of soaked into the packaging, but the jar wasn't nearly as full as I expected.

This is what the photo looks like on Amazon:

The product was down more than an inch and a half when I opened the jar for the first time. I didn't take a pic right after opening, so the best I can show you is what it looks like after one treatment (where I just dipped in my fingers a few times to apply to my hair):

I didn't use dang near half a jar...

OVERVIEW: It is a great restorative treatment. It did not soften my coarse/dry "natural" hair.

After one treatment, I can say that, for me, it works well enough. It did condition my hair, but didn't satisfy my concerns for how I like my hair to feel. It does not have the "slippage" that I like for my natural hair. Once I rinsed it out (after close to 15 minutes), my hair did not have the softness or "slick" feeling that my regular conditioner provides. I checked the ingredients and think I found the answer to the lack of slippage. (More on that in a moment.)

One big plus: it didn't make my hair feel weak or fragile so I assume the restorative part is valid. It's just that I'd prefer something with added softening properties. I had to resist re-conditioning with my usual brand (because I didn't have time this morning!), so I let it dry to see if I could tell a difference then. I couldn't tell a difference in my dried hair either. I'm going to have my niece try it out because she has very thick and straight "mixed chicks" hair. I'll let you know how it goes for her.

I'm not knocking this product at all. It just doesn't work for me by itself.

For the big pluses ++ (and the reason I will give this a grade of a B):

  • Comes with a 30-day guarantee (and I only had 1 treatment)
  • Ingredients listed in this order: organic argan oil, aloe barbaderisis (organic aloe) juice, organic castor oil, pro-vitamin B5, hydrolized wheat protein, cocos nucifera (organic coconut RBD) oil, vegetable glycerin... And a few more that didn't twist my tongue too badly.
  • Though it didn't give me the softeness I was looking for, that might be because of the ingredients.
*Back to why I won't give this a bad rating: The ingredients are not exactly what I look for in a softening product; they are what I look for to restore damaged hair and that is exactly what this product is promoted to do. For myself, I might use as a strengthening pre-conditioner to a final softening conditioning. Still, I think that my niece is going to fare better with it as a solo conditioner.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.