Moroccanoil for the hair

Posted on May 17th, 2010 by Michelle

There are many things I have given my little sister throughout the years: Love, support, advice, a niece and nephew. But I think what she has appreciated the most is the Moroccanoil for her hair.

Being sexy, successful, somewhat single and living in Manhattan, you can just imagine what she was thinking when she got a beauty product to try from a sister 14 years older with two kids, one dog and three jobs.  The sample bottle probably sat on her dresser for a month or more and she probably tried it because she ran out of something else (this would be a genetic trait …)

Then I got an email: “OMG, I love it. I had to go out and get a big bottle.”

Told you so.  I don’t rave about many things, but I love Moroccanoil.  Part of it is the wonderful chai-like smell, but it also made my uber-thick, chemically-enhanced hair soft and manageable.  It was lightweight and my hair practically drank it in. It lessened the frizz and made it smoother and very shiny.

My sister, whose hair is not as thick, but is also colored regularly (more out of choice than necessity, but those days are comin’ babe), likes how shiny it leaves her hair without weighing it down.  She thinks it seals her hair and protects if from the heat of the blow dryer, and also credits it with keeping her hands soft through a cold, snowy NYC winter when previously they would get painfully dry.

LookinGood has given away several sample bottles of the stuff and everyone – except Chief Vanity Officer Gina – positively raved.  Women with pure gray hair or color-damaged seems to love it because coarse hair drinks in the oil for natural shine.  Gina tried it purely to get a better grasp of what I and everyone else, was babbling about and liked it on the first day, but her hair is too thin, so by the second day, her ’Do was a don’t – too limp and too straight.

The not-so-secret ingredient of Moroccanoil is oil from the kernel of the fruit of Morocco’s Argan tree. notes that Moroccanoil is not pure Argan oil (aka Argania Spinoza Kernel Oil on labels), and that many of the ingredients in Moroccanoil are also in other hair care products (Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional – whew, who knew?).

For me, that’s neither “hair” nor there because after trying so many other products, I love the results with this stuff.  If you are looking for other Argan oil-based products, do a quick search at Sephora.  Argan oil is the signature ingredient in Josie Maran’s line of hair and skin care products.  And Pangea Organics (also available through is another line that uses it.

Back to Moroccanoil, InStyle magazine calls it a “Best Beauty Buy of 2010” and Allure listed it as one of the best products of 2009.  My sister and I whole-heartedly agree.  Because I told her so.

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