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I haven’t attempted to wear a straightened hairstyle in a year, so I a gave it a whirl with the assistance of a new discovery: Argan Oil.

The good peeps at InstaNatural sent me a bottle of their 100% pure natural argan oil to test drive.  Until now, I’ve only used products which contain argan oil.  This is the first time I’ve landed my mits on a bottle of this precious stuff.  Here’s what you need to know about how I used it to get this look.

First off, don’t play around with low-rent argan oil.  The real stuff should be packaged in a dark colored glass bottle with an air tight cap.  If not, you’re loosing all its beneficial properties to air exposure and sunlight.  It should also have a slight smell.  This one smells a bit like olives or nuts.  The smell disappears a few minutes after application.  Perfumey or odorless argan oil is not legit.

Here is my hair before – 4a/3c and low porosity. Looking good, but time to switch up the look for a bit. On the right, my hair after styling.  Soft, smooth, and shiny.

I washed and conditioned as usual, making sure to follow up with coating my strands in argan oil before stretching and blow drying on low heat.  I followed it up by smoothing small sections with an InStyler on level 3. Then I sectioned off smaller locks of hair and layered on a generous coating of more argan oil before using my wand curler to create loose curls. This really smooths the texture and locks in the oil to create a nice seal.  By the way, if you like my nails in the photos, see the tutorial here.

I’m maintaining the moisture balance by tying the hair up in a satin scarf pineapple at night.  I reapply the argan oil every other day to prevent moisture loss.  At the end of the week, I’ll need to introduce water to my hair to rehydrate, so I’ll wear a loose twistout to handle the texture reversion.

Have you had good results with argan oil? What’s your heat styling routine? Drop a comment below to let me know.

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