10 August 2018

DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum With Essential Oils

 How to make a DIY argan oil hair serum with essential oils.  This is an easy recipe that moisturizes your hair for smoother and better looking hair.  Learn which essential oils are best for your hair type to customize your homemade hair oil. 

I've used several carrier oils in my DIY beauty recipes over the years, but one oil is my favorite for both hair and skin: argan oil.  

It's sometimes called liquid gold not just because of it's beautiful golden color but because of its many benefits.

Argan oil can be used for both your hair and skin, so it's a versatile oil.  It's my go to oil for hair treatments because it does more than just moisturize, which I'll talk more about in a minute.

Argan oil can be used alone or in a recipe.  I use it on my hair both ways, but I really like using it with essential oils for an extra boost in this DIY hair oil serum. 

DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum With Essential Oils

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil is one of my favorite carrier oils for the hair.  It's a dry oil, which means it soaks in to your hair and skin and won't leave your hair greasy.  

Argan oil comes from a nut that grows on the Argan tree.  This tree only grows in Morocco, but that region in which is grows became a protected area in 1998 to protect the production of this treasured oil.  

This oil is very versatile and can be used for both your hair or your skin.  It's high in vitamins A and E, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, making it a wonderful addition to your skin and hair care or to be used alone.

Personally, I use argan oil both for skin care and hair care.  For my skin, I use it in lotions and balms because it's said to be a natural anti-inflammatory.

Unlike other carrier oils, argan oil is high in oleic acid, which is an omega 9 monounsaturated fat, and linoleic acid, which is an omega 6 unsaturated fat.  

Both of these oils are good for acne-prone skin.  Argan oil also penetrates the skin easily and helps carry other ingredients deeper into your skin.  

Although this recipe is for a DIY argan oil hair serum, it's important to note the skin benefits because you can use the oil on your scalp, too.  If you have a dry scalp, use argan oil on your scalp when you use it on your hair.

I use Crafty Bubbles argan oil.  I've also used Cococare argan oil for this DIY hair oil serum.

Argan Oil Benefits for Hair

Argan oil is my favorite oil for hair because it's a dry oil, so it doesn't leave my hair greasy.  It's moisturizing, making it an excellent treatment for dry or damaged hair.  

It also helps protect your hair from UV damage and pollution thanks to its high vitamin E content.  

Not only is it moisturizing, but it also helps smooth frizzy hair.  I use the DIY argan oil hair serum after straightening my hair to keep my hair from fizzing in the humidity or even in light rain.  

Learn more about the best carrier oils for hair.

Best Essential Oils for DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum

You can use argan oil by itself on your hair, but I like to add some essential oils for a little boost.  These are my favorite essential oils for the hair.  

You can add one of them or use a blend of several essential oils, but just make sure that you use a total of 20 drops of oils per 2 ounces of argan oil.

I've been using the BO Be Gone blend for my hair, too.  It sounds like an odd blend to use, but it has patchouli, ylang ylang, sandalwood, lavender, and sweet orange.  It smells good, and it's an excellent blend for your hair as well as for making deodorant!

DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum Ingredients

  • 2 ounces argan oil 
  • 20 drops essential oils (see above)

DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum Directions

Step #1

Simply combine all ingredients in a bottle with a lid.  I like using one with a dropper for easier application, but you don't need to use one.

Step #2

Apply a few drops to a pea sized amount, depending on your hair length, to damp or dry hair.  Comb through your hair or work it though your hair with your fingers.  

How to Use DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum With Essential Oils

I apply this DIY argan oil hair serum to my hair wet when I have to blow it dry to protect my hair from the heat.

If I let my hair air dry, I'll rub some on my hair after I style to keep my hair smooth.

If you have a dry scalp, rub some on your scalp to moisturize it.

If your hair is very dry, use this hair serum as a preshampoo.  Just use a little more than you normally would on your ends or all over your hair and let sit for about 15 minutes.  Wash your hair as normal.  

You can use conditioner or skip it; I usually skip it or it makes my hair oily.  If your hair is very dry, you may still need to condition.

For a hot oil treatment, apply all over to dry hair.  Then use a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes.  I also like to use a heated hair cap.  The heat helps open the cuticle so the oil penetrates deeper into the shaft of the hair.

I hope you like this DIY argan oil hair serum with essential oils as much as I do!

diy, hair, argan oil, essential oils
Yield: 2 ounces
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum With Essential Oils

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M
How to make a DIY argan oil hair serum with essential oils.


  • 2 ounces argan oil
  • 20 drops essential oils


  • Dropper bottle


  1. Combine the argan oil and essential oils.  Shake gently to combine.
  2. Use 2-3 drops on damp hair before using heat or use 1-2 drops on dry hair to smooth and moisturize.
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