InstaNatural Argan Oil For Hair Treatment and Mask Review

It’s been many years now since argan oil burst on to the scene as the latest wonder product for hair. I remember the leader in this marketing hype was Moroccanoil. Their products brought this little-known oil from the Moroccan argan tree into the beauty limelight. Moroccans have, of course, been using this for an age for all sorts of things, from eczema to split ends to wrinkles.

The ends of my long hair are very dry, and I happen to love argan oil. I had never tried a ‘pure’ oil that wasn’t mixed with silicones, however, so couldn’t wait to see if it made a big difference to my locks. I review the InstaNatural Argan Oil For Hair Treatment & Elixir and the InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask below.

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InstaNatural Argan Oil For Hair Treatment & Elixir

At first glance, this product sounds amazing. The ingredients are 100% plant oils. These comprise Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, and Grapeseed Oil. What an incredible blend! I love coconut oil for a hair treatment alone, so the inclusion of the rest of the ingredients made it sound wonderful. The claims are that this elixir will reduce damage and frizz, and add shine.

This is an interesting product that you can use in a couple of different ways, You can use it after shampoo and conditioner as a leave-in treatment, much like a normal hair serum or oil. You can also use it before you shampoo, as a pre-treatment. I’ve used it both ways, several times.

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As a pre-treatment (left on from a few mins to overnight) this rinses out easily using a variety of shampoos. I wasn’t sure whether or not to follow up with my ordinary conditioner after shampooing as the instructions weren’t clear on that, so I tried both with and without a conditioner. Used both ways, it left my hair a little weighed down after washing. I have extremely fine hair, but a lot of it, and it can easily be made to look limp and flat. Unfortunately this combination of oils did seem to weigh it down. On the plus side, this meant no frizz whatsoever and it also gave it incredible shine.

As a leave-in treatment, I also found it a little too heavy for my fine hair. I tried applying just the tiniest bit, but it kind of stuck to my hair in patches and I couldn’t really spread the thick oil through very well. I have been used to using Moroccanoil, which spreads very well. That however is probably due to the addition of the silicones, which give hair that slippery feeling. As this is a pure oil without silicones, it doesn’t seem to apply very well in my hair.

Pros: gives amazing shine and reduces frizz. Won’t ‘mask’ damage as silicone products do. 100% pure.
Cons: doesn’t give you the slippery feeling that silicones do (which I quite like), and can make fine hair flat.

InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

This is a deep conditioning mask which aims to deliver extreme hydration and repair damage. This is not a pure concoction of plant oils, as the elixir is, but it does contain Argan Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Jojoba Oil and Avocado Oil. It’s a thick cream with a distinctive, although not overpowering, ‘natural’ fragrance. Personally I am not too keen on herbal smells but this one is not too strong. After shampooing, you apply this mask and leave it on for 5 – 15 minutes before rinsing out.

It’s certainly very thick, but has a nice texture to it. There is a bit of slip so it does distribute through the hair easily. When it’s in the hair it has a really comforting feel to it, as if it’s really doing some good. After washing out, I expected to feel instant softness, but didn’t really notice much of a difference in terms of condition. I did notice that my hair was extremely shiny, which also happened when using the elixir. It did unfortunately weigh my hair down a lot, with the flipside being that it got rid of any frizz.

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Pros: left a great shine to my hair. Washes out easily. Got rid of frizz.
Cons: herbal smell (not to my taste). Weighed my fine hair down. No instant or obvious conditioning effects.

My Verdict

These products are effective. However they are not suited to my hair type. I do feel that the conditioning properties are there, because of the great ingredients and also because they reduced my frizz dramatically. However I think that I have been ‘spoilt’ by products with a lot of silicones in them, that lead you to believe that your hair is in better condition after use because of the coating they leave behind. These products deep condition without any of that added ‘fluff’ and are most likely better in the long run than using less natural products. If I can work out a way to use them without weighing my fine hair down too much, I would like to continue with them and see how they change the condition of my hair over a longer period.

You can find these products and all the others that InstaNatural make on their website here.

Do you use any natural or pure plant oil products in your hair that you can recommend? Have you tried any InstaNatural products? 

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