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Moroccan Oil + Other ‘oil’ Products: Bad For Your Hair!

Published: 22/Sep/2014     

greasy_lank_hair***IMPORTANT UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2016! Please ask all questions about this article in the COMMENTS section below so that other people can see my responses – do not email me. There are some wonderful questions coming via email and we would all benefit from seeing them posted and answered here.

Please read through the comments section below for advice I’ve given already, before asking your questions. I do my best to reply to everyone within a few days. Also I would love for you to share this article if you find it eye-opening! The more people who learn about Moroccan Oil, the better.

Please go to my haircare section if you are interested in product recommendations. As far as I have discovered with my own clients, the Malibu C Crystal Gel treatment and Undo Goo shampoo as weekly maintenance are the best ways to clear out buildup from Moroccan Oil. Make sure to follow up after Undo Goo with a low pH conditioner (4.5) to seal the cuticle and help preserve colour/hair health.

The Moroccan Oil product line, as well as other ‘oil’ lines, have been bothering me since they invaded the market. I have always been suspicious of products in the beauty industry that are heavily marketed and unusually popular – beginning with the original Brazilian Blowout, and we all know how that turned out. After seeing many friends, brides, models and clients with dry, damaged hair after using these trendy oil serums and product lines, I decided to do some research. My goal? Discover why this stuff is ruining everyone’s hair!

It has come to my attention that when I recommend products to a client, often the retailers or salons will push Moroccan Oil onto them instead. I received an email from a client last year, complaining that ‘the product you recommended ruined my hair, and it is dry and completely unmanageable now’. Guess what she bought instead of the curl product I suggested? Moroccan Oil, at the insistence of the stylist! This is but one example of many, so that now when I recommend a product I bring it with me to the appointment and have the client take a photo so she can buy the exact thing without being distracted. We need to get something straight here. I know a lot of salons and hairdressers will be angry for my giving this next tidbit away, but it is one of the offensively dishonest things about working in a salon; it is one of the many reasons that I went mobile. Hair product companies often have sales competitions wherein the team or the top seller on the team wins a big prize for selling the most products. I disagree with this so strongly because it does happen a lot with Moroccan Oil brand, and often the products that are recommended are not in the best interest of the client. In seminars we hairstylists are often told we can get rich quick from product revenue alone. Now that I’m working for myself, I am proud to say I do not sell products, but recommend the best products for my clients and tell them where to buy them at the best prices. Many of them take my recommendations seriously and have some of the most beautiful hair I’ve ever worked with.

Anyway, back to Moroccan Oil. I went to the beauty supply store and read the ingredients for their products. I was shocked (but not surprised) to discover that in products such as their curl cream, there is more fragrance than actual argan nut oil! This is a big deal, as it shows that there is really not a lot of the good stuff in Moroccan Oil at all. You’re paying top dollar for the name brand while getting the same junk as you’d find in a drugstore product: the product line is completely silicone based. The first 4-6 ingredients are all silicones, depending on which product you’re looking at. Silicones are what I like to call ‘hair cosmetics’ because they cover up the problem (dryness and frizz) for a long time but do nothing to heal it. They make the hair feel ultra sleek and soft for the first while that you’re using them. Please do your research and read the labels of products before buying. It will save you a lot of money and a lot of hair damage down the line! Also, it’s really very important to note that although I am targeting Moroccan Oil here, this issue applies across the board for all ‘oil’ lines. I do make sure to take a photo of every miracle product that my clients tell me about, so that I can find out what exactly is in there that’s so special. Sadly, it is always SILICONES. Dimethicone, cyclomethicone, phenyl trimethicone, cyclopentasiloxone…any of the ‘-one’ suffixes basically. Hair cosmetics.

So! Why is it bad for your hair if the strands feel soft, shiny and smooth? Well, for starters, silicone molecules are too big to penetrate your hair’s cuticle.  They tend to build up over time and leave the hair looking dull, greasy and feeling drier than ever. It looks greasy, but is dry/coarse/stiff to the touch. I have literally scraped off old built-up silicone from clients’ hair with my fingernail – this buildup seals and locks in the dry damaged hair so that nothing can help the condition. It takes drastic measures and funky tricks to remove this old gunk, and often one trick is not enough. For example, one method is to use a clarifying shampoo (I love Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash!) but it will need to sit for 5-10 minutes and be repeated over the course of a few days to get everything out. Dimethicone, for example, is not water soluble and can really build up, so it does need a lot of scrubbing to clear off. Another method is to use a Malibu Treatment such as Crystal Gel and apply it using heat for 45 minutes. For more intense stripping and a faster processing time, try using cheap dish soap and leaving it for 10 minutes. A paste made of shampoo and crushed aspirin also works. You get the picture: it takes harsh chemicals to strip silicones out.

I just want to quickly mention that silicones are OK in the right proportions. Many lines have silicones in them – just not as much or as many as Moroccan Oil does.

In contrast to silicones, natural nut oils such as argan, coconut, avocado, jojoba (and more) have teensy little molecules that soak up into the hair and can provide great benefit for its health. You can probably already see a big problem here! If the cuticle is already overwhelmed and clogged with silicones, how do the meager amounts of nut oil in Moroccan Oil products (and others, remember there are many similar lines) stand a chance to penetrate the hair? Well, any idiot can see THEY DON’T. They can’t! The makers of these ‘oil’ lines know this, and that’s why they put such a small amount in their products – they know the good stuff is getting wasted!

I am feeling so angry and worked up, because I have now arrived at the main issue.

Moroccan Oil, Argan Oil, Saryna Keys, and other fancy ‘oil’ lines are LYING to you about what is in their products!!! They have loaded their products with a bunch of silicones that stick together and can’t be properly rinsed off! They are also marketing dishonestly by bribing hairstylists into selling you their products instead of what might be best for your hair!

If you had dry, damaged hair before, it will be much worse after using these products. I have seen it time and time again. Any masque conditioners, protein treatments, true natural oils and other healing products simply do not penetrate your hair if you’re using heavy amounts of silicones. Your hair will stop feeling so soft and instead start to feel a bit dry or damaged…and you’ll use more serum…then it gets drier over time….and you apply more…you can’t understand why your hair is so dull and dry and frizzy…so you apply more because that miracle product worked so WELL when you first got it! And it smells so yummy…you simply LOVE to apply it for the smell alone, so why not go nuts?

…The cycle continues until your haircolour stops working properly. It won’t fully pass through the clogged cuticle and fades quickly. Your blonde looks dull, even brassy or rusty. Your brunette looks greyish and greasy. Your natural grey or white gets a yellowish tint regardless of how much you use your toning shampoo. Your sexy natural curls fall limp and flat while feeling drier and frizzier than ever before. Straight hair sticks all lank and greasy against your neck. Blowouts and curling irons do nothing. Your scalp gets sticky and packed with what appears to be oil. Shampoo stops working and your hair stinks and feels dirty no matter what you do. You may get acne on your scalp. Most notably, your hair will smoke as if it’s on fire when using hot styling tools. You can scrape the buildup off with your fingernail.

I cannot stress this enough: throw out your expensive ‘oil’ products and invest in some heavy duty clarifying treatments. Ask your hairdresser about a Malibu treatment or do some research online to find your own home care products. Go to your local health food store and spend your money on some honest, natural and true Argan Nut Oil. The page over at Saadia is the best resource for how to choose the right type of natural oil. When you start to strip the silicones out of your hair, it will feel weird and gross for the first few times. Stick with it! There will be a detox period where the clarifier actually causes buildup on your hair as the surfactants grip onto the silicone molecules but cannot break them apart. You can do this!  It will be worth it!

Then when your hair finally starts feeling normal again, buy some Undo Goo shampoo by Malibu (it’s 100% vegan!), and use it once a week as maintenance. Leave it for 5 minutes in your hair and rinse. It’s good to clarify weekly for scalp and hair health, no matter what products you’re using. Undo Goo is of a very high pH, so make sure to balance it out with something 4.5 pH (such as Schwarzkopf Colour Freeze conditioner) or even do an apple cider rinse. This will seal the cuticle and prevent your colour from fading.

Remember: NATURAL doesn’t always mean BETTER. UN-NATURAL silicones are completely OK to use in your hair if they are in well-formulated products that can be rinsed out. Synthetic chemicals sometimes do better than natural ones and I recommend mostly ‘un-natural’ products that still do great wonders for all hair types. Silicone based products can even be awesome for the health of your hair (for example the Sealed Ends leave in treatment by Schwarzkopf, which builds up a teensy bit on your ends to protect them and help them stay fresh and healthy so that you can go longer in between haircuts). The problem I am discussing  in this article is strictly about ‘miracle’ products that are heavily marketed and claim to be oil based…but are instead loaded with the stickier types of silicones in the wrong proportions to natural oils. It is a problem because of dishonesty and NOT because of silicones themselves. People end up over-using these kinds of products since they claim to be natural and healthy when they absolutely are not.

Update July 2016 – One of my own clients picked up some Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask and started using it about 6 weeks ago. I saw her last week and her normally beautiful clear skin was breaking out all around her hairline and down her neck. I didn’t want to comment in case she was embarrassed (I sure hate it when someone comments about my skin). Near the end of our visit she mentioned the breakout, saying it was abnormal and she doesn’t know what’s going on, but that it started suddenly 6 weeks ago and she was looking for solutions. She said the acne was on her shoulders and back as well. I asked her if she had changed any hair or skincare products around that same time…and then it clicked – that was exactly when she bought the Moroccan Oil. She said she hadn’t changed anything else and was certain that it was due to that product alone. It’s so full of pore-clogging junk that merely the rinse water caused a breakout! So – if you are having skin troubles don’t despair, it might be the Moroccan Oil!

Any questions? Please ask in the comments section below!

 

141 responses to “Moroccan Oil + Other ‘oil’ Products: Bad For Your Hair!”

  1. Sarah says:

    Thanks for this post. Ended up buying pureolgoy hydrate instead. Then switched to the range for blonde here as I went lighter. But found that as a bit more build up. Trying to find a good clarifying shampoo. My hair dressor recommended the morrcanoil one which I don’t want to go with. Any suggestions?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Sarah, there are a few good clarifiers you can try. Neutrogena Anti Residue, Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash and Malibu C Undo Goo are all excellent. Good luck!

  2. catherine marlowe says:

    Hi! When looking at the ingredient list of a product how does one tell if there is too much silicone or that it is not combined with the correct other ingredients?

    Thanks!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Catherine, this is a really great question, and I can’t give a definitive answer. I honestly can’t tell from the ingredient list whether there’s too much silicone…but I would wager that if the first 3-5 ingredients are silicones, and if you’re experiencing other issues like the folks in the comments here, then you’ve definitely got one of the ‘too much’ brands. I’m so sorry, I wish I could be of more help on this one. Thank you, this just means I’ll need to do some more research!

  3. Jeanne says:

    Hi Victoria,

    Thanks so so much for your article. I am an African American with curly unrelaxed hair that is somewhat fine (i.e. breaks off like crazy). My stylist used MoroccanOil on my hair occasionally. Then I moved cities and couldn’t find a stylist, so I started doing my own hair. I started using the MoroccanOil line exclusively a few months ago including the light treatment, moisture repair shampoo and conditioner. My hair has never been dryer! It feels soft but almost looks like straw. After doing a little research, I stumbled across your post (it’s nice to know it’s not just me).

    Anyway, I read in your comments section a program for biracial (African / Caucasian) hair that involves the products listed below. I’m wondering if you would recommend the same for me as my hair originally wasn’t that dry. Also, the Malibu C shampoo is a little hard to find where I live as it’s always sold out. You mentioned Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue shampoo in another comment and I’m wondering if that’s a decent substitute for removing the buildup.

    Rene Furterer Carthame shampoo and conditioner
    Rene Furterer Absolue Keratine leave-in creme
    Malibu C Undo Goo shampoo
    Redken CAT 5-minute reconstructor spray-in treatment
    Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends

    Finally, I really appreciate your honesty and making yourself so available to your readers in your responses. Your blog has been ridiculously helpful 🙂

    • victoria says:

      Hi Jeanne, you have the right idea! Your hair type will still benefit from this series of products. The more moisture you can pack into your hair, the less likely it will be to break off. I might suggest going just for the Rene products plus the Neutrogena, but to start off use the Neutrogena with no conditioner and apply the Keratine leave-in after the shower into towel dried hair to comb and style. Then after a few months, start using the CAT once a month only (use the Neutrogena first and lather-rinse-repeat, then follow with 2 back to back applications of the CAT for a 10-minute treatment with no rinsing inbetween). Thank you for your kind words! Please share if you have anyone else you think this article could help 🙂

  4. HI Victoria,

    I have just called my salon who did a wonderful job updating the color on my hair for my wedding. I have naturally full body brown hair, with ash blonde highlights on the top, and full deep violet coverage underneath. The first time we did this it was beautiful, I loved it. They recommended the Moroccan oil and it was great for the last year. Now, I found my hair gets oily extremely fast, and it is very frizzy, flat and unmanageable. They did my hair 4 weeks ago, and currently, I look like a my little pony. All the purple has bled into my blonde and and made pink. Not a fan. They are now saying it could be the shampoo that is causing the color to bleed. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Cheryl, it’s the Moroccan Oil, which has blocked the colour from properly penetrating your hair. Just chuck it and never use it again 😉 Best to find a shampoo/conditioner duo made for preserving colour such as Schwarzkopf Color Save. Give the top a good scrub a couple times with your new shampoo, and leave the second application for 10mins. The good thing about your issue is that your blonde is going to have a very pretty ash tone once the colour bleeding fades off!

  5. Meghan says:

    Hello so my hair was pretty healthy I do get bare minimum highlights every so often but I bought and used John Freda go blonder lighting spray twice after a month my hair started falling out like have my hair volume so I started using the whole line of redkens anti snap extreme shampoo conditioner and I think the leave in conditioner it didn’t seem to help with the hair lose and my hair still felt dry so I thought maybe to much protein and when’d back to the Salon they talked me into marrocon oil mask well o my the biggest chunk feel out in the shower now I do not know what to do is there a product for moister and protein or is there anything??? Pleas help

    • victoria says:

      Hi Meghan, I am so sorry to say, but the issue is that you over-used the Go Blonder spray, on top of already having highlights. The Moroccan Oil isn’t to blame for your breakage – your hair is simply overprocessed from using a drugstore brand lightener. To be honest, it sounds like your hair may be so damaged that you’ll need to get a really great short haircut to hide the damage until it grows out. Once again I’m very sorry about your hair, I hope you are able to find a good stylist to give you a fabulous haircut while your hair grows out 🙂

  6. Paris says:

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for posting this article, it was a real eye opener. I started using the MoroccanOil hair line about 2 years ago because my salon recommended it. I started off by using the hydrating/repair leave in hair masque + the oil and then moved onto the hydrating shampoo and conditioner (the big bottles). To be honest, its the only shampoo brand that made my curly hair feel less dry and nourished. I purchased their product for curly hair as well and it leaves my hair looking amazing!! It is SO upsetting to hear that it doesn’t have good ingredients for the hair though, I am seriously thinking about switching ASAP when my bottles are done (I just re-stocked and they’re pretty expensive). I have bad hair loss but it runs in my family so I can’t blame MoroccanOil for it, but with those chemical ingredients in it, I don’t think I want to risk more hair loss.

    My question is: Which shampoo and conditioner brand + oil/leave in conditioner do you recommend? I know there has been a lot of questions on this already but I have curly, thick (ish) hair but its very soft for some reason and rarely too dry. I have highlights as well.

    Another big problem that I have is my hair gets greasy really quickly?!?!?!? could this be because of the moroccan oil? Its very frustrating because I would wash my hair and straighten it one day and then the next day it would look like I have washed it in a week (greasy and super thin).

    My NEW hairstylist does not carry the MoroccanOil line but she said its really good for my hair regardless, and recommended NEUMA shampoo and conditioner. Is this a good brand?

    Sorry about all the questions, and thank you for posting this wonderful article.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Paris, I’m willing to bet that your hair gets greasy due to the Moroccan Oil, and I’m concerned that it could exacerbate your hair loss. Try using the shampoo just on your scalp, and the conditioner just enough to pull through your midlengths and ends (don’t let it get on your scalp) and maybe that will help. It’s a good thing to note that the hair close to your scalp gets a lot of conditioning via your natural scalp oils. Doubling up on that with conditioner will absolutely make it greasy. It would be wise for you to help out your hair every 3rd shampoo by using either Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue shampoo or Malibu C’s Undo Goo (lather, rinse, repeat, and no conditioner except for a leave in!). That’ll keep the Moroccan Oil from building up too much.

      Once you’re done those bottles, I would recommend Kevin Murphy Angel Wash and Angel Rinse for you – it’s great for highlighted hair but won’t weigh your hair down. There’s a toning version of each called Blonde Angel, but I find they’re a bit heavier than the regular versions (but I love them anyway and use them as my regular combo). As for leave-in conditioners, I swear by Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Moisture Kick Spray. It’s a miracle product that works for everyone!

      Rene Furterer makes a wonderful kit for genetically thinning hair and you would probably benefit from ordering it through their website and using it intensively until it runs out. One of my clients has finally had success with a product called Ecrinal after years of unexplained hair loss, so you may want to look into that as well.

      I don’t know anything about NEUMA, so I can’t give any advice on that one 🙂 Best of luck to you with your hair!

  7. Elliana says:

    Wow this was such a helpful article! I’m looking for a new hair treatment/mask and was debating whether I should get the moroccan oil restorative mask. Usually I am not too hesitant to pay much for hair treatments because I thought I would get what I paid for, and my hair DOES need some treatment. Well I guess that’s not true..
    I have a lot of hair. My hair is naturally curly, but it is so thin that the curls just makes it look frizzy. It gets damages really easily too, so I only use cold wind when blow drying my hair. I also use hair irons on really few occasions because every time I apply heat on my hair I get split ends. (And I do apply heat protectant beforehand.) By now I pretty much just gave up on styling my hair without getting hair damage, and so I just style my hair as I want and then get a haircut every 3-4 months to cut the damaged hair off. About a year ago I decided to invest more money in hair treatments hoping that they will protect my hair. So far I’ve tried Argan oil shampoo and Loreal Absolute Repair Masque. But I don’t see a big difference happening to my hair.. Maybe I get a little less tangling? I finished a full bottle so I am about to purchase a new hair treatment product, and would like to get some suggestions. For a very easily damaged thin hair, what hair treatment(or shampoo or oil..or just any type of hair product) should I use?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Elliana, I’m glad you found this article! You don’t always get what you pay for when it comes to hair products…however, the recommendations I’m about to make are well worth the price.

      You have curly hair, so I really hope I can convince you to stop heat styling your hair and just let it dry naturally. Not only will this seal the cuticle and keep it from damage, but it will stop frizz and help improve the shape of the curls! I guarantee that heat styling (even blowdrying on cold is bad!) is where ALL your hair problems are coming from. Read up on the ‘plopping’ technique for drying hair, as it will help you get lots of volume without looking too fluffy or frizzy. Air drying is the best way to go with curly hair of all types because you want to keep the cuticle as smooth as possible…curly hair’s cuticle layer just naturally sits more open, so that even blowing cold air will ruffle it and cause weak spots in the hair that will eventually split and break. This is where you’re lucky to have thin/fine hair, as your hair will probably air dry very very quickly 🙂 Do note, though, that there will be a period of time where your hair needs to learn how to curl properly without frizzing. It takes time, as heat styling does damage the curl pattern and your hair will need some TLC and good care products to restore it.

      You are also getting haircuts too frequently. Curly hair should be air-dried, properly conditioned and only trimmed every 6-8 months if you are trying to grow it. BUT! do this cutting interval only if you’re air-drying.

      If you have thin/fine hair, I suggest using a moisturizing shampoo and a leave-in conditioner only. A great option would be Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash followed by Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Moisture Kick spray. Some of my clients really like conditioner, so I do understand if you want to use one – if this is the case, you would benefit most from Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse conditioner ONLY applied to the very ends, to help detangle. You can also use a teensy bit of the Angel Rinse as a conditioning curl cream. As for a deep treatment, you would benefit most from a deep conditioner for coloured hair such as Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Color Save treatment or Redken Color Extend Rich Recovery. Many curly haired products are too smoothing/relaxing and actually will make your fine hair frizzier.

      Best of luck to you with your hair!

  8. Gale says:

    Thanks for all the information on your site. I initially got gorgeous results with MoroccanOil, but you have helped me solve the mystery of why my hair and scalp changed so dramatically for the worse over the past few years. Thank you.

    A few questions:

    (1)
    Do you know where it’s possible for a non-stylist to buy the following products (at fair prices) in the Lower Mainland of BC, or via mail order? I am in Whistler, and it can be tough to find products up here. Thanks!
    > Malibu C Undo Goo
    > Schwarzkopf BC Color Freeze line
    > Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure line
    > Schwarzkopf OSI Bouncy Curls Curl Gel with oil
    > Redken Extreme line
    > Kerastase Nutritive line
    > Kerstase Oleo-Relax line

    (2)
    I’ve been using pure argan oil while weaning my hair off of MoroccanOil. (FYI, here’s some pure argan oil at a great price. http://www.timelessha.com/argan-oil-100-pure/) But within a few hours of styling, my hair frizzes wildly. Thoughts? Suggestions?

    (3)
    To deal with the insane frizz but not use the MO, I tried mixing the pure argan oil with this product http://www.vitacost.com/glonaturals-coconut-collection-hair-serum-non-gmo — but now after reading your blog, I guess I am just re-creating the problem of too much silicones in an inappropriate balance. Thoughts? Suggestions?

    (4)
    My stylist recommended Aveda oil and Aveda nourishing cream in addition to the pure argan oil. I find the Aveda scent overpowering and the price point out of reach for the quantity of product I have to use to get good results. Thoughts? Suggestions?

    Note:
    I have a *massive* amount of hair. Most stylists say it’s the most they’ve ever seen on one woman’s head. It has always been incredibly dry (never oily, even a week after washing), and wildly thirsty for product. Whether conditioner or leave-in, my hair takes about three times as much as a normal head of hair per treatment. When drying, if left to its own devices, it frizzes out like an electrocuted witch’s hair (kinky curly in the back and underside, straight like a pin on the front right and big gentle waves everywhere else) but responds **beautifully** to styling. It will grow as long as I want. Longer is often better because the sheer weight of it holds it down instead of allowing it to frizz out. However, my hair will hold any wavy or straight style gorgeously for about five days straight, with just a gentle finger shake in the morning and very little maintenance — but only if it is brought to bone dry during the styling process and doesn’t encounter humidity or rain afterward. Generally I air dry my hair to keep it from heat damage, often rolled up in curlers. Sometimes I use a flat iron. I don’t color it. I am white, and my hair is dark brunette with streaks of white grey.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Gale, excellent comment! Thank you! Here is what you need to know:

      1. Malibu C is available online directly from the company. Best to order only from them. Schwarzkopf and Redken are available from Zennkai (closest to you is downtown Vancouver at Granville and Robson…do not let them try to sell you alternatives because they will!). Then Kerastase is available from select high-end salons. I bet there is one in Whistler that carries them, or you might have better luck ordering directly from the company.

      2. That Argan oil product looks to be of very dubious quality. Check over at Saadia Organics for honest product. Argan oil is very expensive but you only need a few drops per application, especially if you like to blend it with other products.

      3. I think that hair serum you’re using is also not the greatest. You could blend a combination of oils to make your own serum? I recommend coconut oil from Ostro Organics – you can order it from their site – and then mixing in some of the argan nut oil from Saadia. Ostro Organics is a BC company and one of my clients is good friends with the owner, so I know it’s a legit, clean product.

      4. It’s interesting you bring up Aveda! I have a client with a similar hair type to you and she swears by Aveda’s Damage Remedy Reconstructing Treatment, which she uses as a leave-in. This client has been with me for 5 years, and has always had texture concerns (dry, mature/greying hair); since she started using the Aveda the improvement is like night and day…the Damage Remedy has changed her hair for the better and she’s finally wearing it curly and loving it that way 🙂 I completely get that Aveda fragrance is strong and that it’s a pricey product…but maybe give it a chance as it will have the holding power that the serums and oils just cannot give.

      The reality is that we live in a humid climate that encourages frizz, so there’s really no escaping it. But after all I’ve said, I think the best result might come from the Aveda Remedy after all. Maybe give that a try? Best of luck to you with your hair!

  9. astra says:

    Thank you very much, this article was helpful. I am noticing my hair is getting bad on long term. I felt good for a day or two once I applied moroccon oil , but after 3 days it gets dry as well. I have a curly fine hair and it falls very often these days, I don’t know why. I used the Douglas protein repair shampoo and conditioner. After shower I use morccon oil treatment or argan oil from douglas. Do you think this is good ? Could you please suggest me a product or solution for frizzy curly light hair ?
    I face two problems :
    1. Dryness and frizz :
    The hair is beautifully curl for maximum one day after hair wash and later it becomes frizzy and less curl. How can I retain my curl and hydrated hair ?
    2. Hair growth is less .
    I can hardly see any change in my hair length even after 6 months (without cutting). My hair dresser says maybe because its curly you can’t see. Is it possible there is even slightest difference. When I was a child I have noticed very rapid growth . But now its almost not visible.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Astra, I recommend quitting the Moroccan Oil completely – just throw it out so you’re not tempted to use it. Your hair troubles are similar to a lot of the other posted here, so I bet the Moroccan Oil is to blame for dryness, damage and hair loss. I’m not familiar with the Douglas line, though, so I can’t offer advice on that 🙂 Here is my advice for your concerns:

      1. You may need to use a different curl cream. I recommend TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier, or Scwarzkopf OSIS Curl Gel with Oil. Both last for days and days, plus they can be reactivated by spritzing with water.
      2. Sounds like you have a breakage problem. What’s happening is that your hair is splitting and breaking at the same rate that it’s growing! This is a serious issue and you’ll need to start by getting about 2″ cut off all over, and using an ends sealer such as Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends to prevent splits. I’m so sorry to have to give you this news, but sometimes there is so much damage that you need to start over with a healthy cut and good products.

      I’d recommend trying the Deva Curl Low-Poo line to help your hair keep enough moisture and prevent further damage. One of my clients can’t stop raving about it, and I trust her judgement 🙂 Best of luck to you with your hair!

  10. Heather says:

    I stumbled across this post in my attempt to find moroccanoil products to make an Xmas basket for my daughter. Anyways she’s 14 (half African American half Caucasian her race matters I think as her hair is different from mine) she washes her hair maybe every 3 or 4 days and I’ve tried having her use other brands like Pantene or biosilk but so far they make her hair greasy and she hates washing it to frequently due to the length of time it takes to straighten it (super curly otherwise) so she has been using moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner and seemed to be ok. However I have noticed her hair thinning as well as having way more dead ends and flyaways. I assumed it was because of the straightening and blow drying that she’s constantly doing which she refuses to stop even for a month (she’s 14 they have to you know maintain a reputation) I never thought it was the Moroccan oil. Anyways what do you recommend for her? She is constantly if not more using heat (straightening iron) I thought hydration is good but she does not like the oily look at all and her ends are so dead and split I don’t know what to use 🙁

    • victoria says:

      Hi Heather, what an excellent idea! Mixed hair tends to be very temperamental, and each person has their own special combo of products that work just right for their hair. Your daughter will be well on her way to finding what works for her if you put together an Xmas basket 🙂

      Your daughter’s hair troubles come from a combination of the Moroccan Oil and the heat styling she does. Best to find something better than Moroccan oil that will still make her hair straight but without as much damage. She’s going to need to strip out the Moroccan Oil, though. Here is what I’d recommend for a starter kit. These items are a similar price point to Moroccan Oil, or cheaper; they also will not leave the hair looking greasy or weighed down. The thing is, though, that mixed hair tends to be very dry, and she will need to use a high quality moisturizing line for the rest of her life. The Rene products are of very high quality and also smell AMAZING…way better than anything she is using now, guaranteed. It’s a true luxury line (as opposed to the fake ‘luxury’ of Moroccan Oil’s image) and will be a wonderful gift.

      Rene Furterer Carthame shampoo and conditioner
      Rene Furterer Absolue Keratine leave-in creme
      Malibu C Undo Goo shampoo
      Redken CAT 5-minute reconstructor spray-in treatment
      Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends

      The Rene Furterer and Malibu C must both be ordered directly from the websites, but the Redken treatment and Schwarzkopf leave-in can be purchased at a Chatters or similar type of salon you would find in any mall. This would be my instructions for using the products:

      1. Carthame line to be used for ‘regular’ shampoo every 3-4 days. Apply the Absolue Keratine to damp hair before blowdrying and styling. After flatironing use a teensy bit of the Schwarzkopf Sealed ends on the ends only, to prevent breakage and smooth frizzy pieces around hairline and nape of neck.
      2. Once every 2 weeks use the Malibu C Undo Goo. Do 2 shampoos (lather, rinse, repeat) then towel dry hair. Spray in the Redken treatment and after 5mins, spray in some more and leave another 5 mins. Rinse well and towel dry, the apply the Absolue Keratine and style as usual.
      3. MOST IMPORTANTLY, your daughter will notice her hair feeling ‘gunky’ and oily as the Moroccan Oil products break down. If this happens, have her leave-on the Malibu C shampoo for 5 minutes and skip the conditioner, go straight to applying the Absolue Keratine and styling. It will be a gross phase she will need to go through…but keeping with it is the key.

      I know that your daughter will probably not be into this, but she could consider co-washing to help her curls stay moisturized. Have her look up http://www.blackgirllonghair.com for some inspiration on haircare and styling. I am a huge advocate of curly hair and wearing one’s natural texture (regardless of one’s background – it just makes everything better and is a huge help with self-image to embrace your natural hair!).

  11. Dhanashree says:

    Hello Victoria,
    Your article is like an eye opener for me. I have fine black straight hairs and I had highlighted them in May 2016 for the first time. I have been using Moraccon oil shampoo and conditioner from last year since it was recommended by the hair stylist. I have noticed unusual amount of hair loss and the highlights look pretty dull now. My hairs have become dry and frizzy from the mid length. I live in Burnaby and after reading your article I started searching for the salons in and around Vancouver who has Malibu c products or Malibu c crystal gel treatment but unfortunately couldn’t find one. Could you please suggest me any salon? Which shampoo and conditioner would you recommend for my hair type? It will be great if you can give the specific name since I don’t have the knowledge of many product lines.
    Also my husband has got lot of dandruff after coming to Vancouver. Is it because of the water? He has got fine hairs. Could you please suggest a shampoo for him as well?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Dhanashree, thank you for your comment! I’m so sorry about your hair, it’s very possible that both the highlights and the Moroccan Oil are to blame. If the highlights are overprocessed, there will be lots of damage, then the Moroccan Oil will make that worse. You can order Malibu C directly from their website, that’s where I would recommend buying as it appears that very few salons carry the line. Don’t order it from Amazon/Ebay as those products are not trustworthy unless sold to you directly by a hair salon or from the Malibu company.

      I would recommend buying some Malibu C Undo Goo shampoo to use once a week, then Schwarzkopf Color Save shampoo and conditioner to use for your regular shampoo and conditioner. The Schwarzkopf can be purchased at Chatters or Zennkai at the cheapest prices. When you use the Malibu, follow up with the Schwarzkopf conditioner and leave it on for 15 minutes. That will make a huge difference!

      Vancouver water is weird and I’ve heard quite a lot of stories about hair and scalp trouble from people who just moved here. Your husband will also benefit from Malibu products – they make a scalp treatment shampoo that he will probably like.

  12. Gloria Giovanello says:

    Hi Victoria,
    Was so relieved after reading your article as I have been going crazy for the last 6 months with the change in my hair. For 7+ years I have been using the Ouidad products for my curly hair and do the shake/rake after shampooing..etc. (I wash it every 3 days) I use the botanical boost and then the clear pomade and my hair responds very well to this as well as having the carving/slicing cut. About 5 years ago I started to use the Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair mask in place of my conditioner, as my hairdresser suggested this to help with the coarse texture and fly aways. My hair was amazing for all those years until March of this year when one day I woke up and it looked and felt as though I had put a relaxer in my hair. No curl, no body and was so thin. I did the deep treatment and it did revive it for a short time. I had my doctor do bloodwork…thought it was my thyroid, etc. Currently my hair has lost those relaxed wringlet curls and just have loose waves, no frizz, but much thinner. Have gone to the health food store and taking additional vitamins, as my hairdresser said it had to be stress or my diet! Anyway, I realize it will take a great deal of time to hopefully restore it and I did see numerous products you recommend. Since I have used the Moroccan Hair mask for so long, I wanted to reach out and see what you feel I should use to start the process, as well as anything I should use in between. Am just curious if you also feel the ouidad products are still okay to use. I have blonde hair and do get it highlighted, as well as touch ups on the grey about every 2 months. Thanks, Gloria

    • victoria says:

      Hi Gloria, I’m not pleased with the Ouidad line, but some people really like it and I don’t think it’ll be the culprit here. It’s probably OK to keep using. I also am not sure if the Moroccan Oil is the problem in your case, either…although it might be? If you had your doctor do bloodwork and they found everything to be normal, it could be part of the natural aging process. Do you remember if your hair was less curly when you were a kid? Often menopause causes a big change in hair texture and thickness, reverting to something similar to what the hair was like before puberty. Pre-menopause can start as early as your mid-thirties – I am starting to see some changes in myself now that I’m 35!

      Also, you may have overprocessed hair. Maybe have your hairstylist do an Olaplex treatment (it can be done without colour as an intensive restorative treatment) and then have your colourist use Olaplex in your formula from now on. Olaplex can water down the colour, so it may take longer to process…but it’s worth it for the health of your hair. You might want to look into transitioning to your natural grey as well? Many women are doing this now that grey hair is a trend; I’ve done many grey transitions for clients on the past few years and all of them except for one found it to be liberating. Natural hair is the healthiest 🙂

  13. Athena says:

    I have been using the Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream for well over two years now. My hair has more shine and way less frizz. I have curly hair so i only wash it maybe 3 times a week. I know that it’s normal to lose 100 strands a hair a day but when I shower globs of hairs fall out. Is this because of the product or just because I wash my hair less? I asked my hair dresser and she said it was normal. I also use Pureology Strenghth Cure Shampoo and Conditioner. Also my hair stops growing when it hits past my shoulders. I’m not sure if it’s just an age thing bring 34. Any suggestions?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Athena, it’s probably because you don’t wash your hair very often. Washing the hair stimulates the scalp and anything that should have fallen out in the past 3 days will fall at that time. In this case it may not actually be the Moroccan oil 🙂 I don’t recommend Pureology anymore, as the quality is terrible since L’Oreal bought them. Maybe try Kevin Murphy Hydrate if you want a natural product at that price point.

      There are 2 reasons why your hair may not grow past your shoulders. 1. Your hair follicles may have a shorter life than average, so they fall out at that length. On average, hair lives 3 years and grows 6″ in a year. You may be cutting it way too frequently, and since your hair is curly it looks like less is growing. OR 2. Your hair is damaged and the ends are breaking off at your shoulder area because of the friction of the hair rubbing on your clothing. It sounds weird but it’s true, especially if you have very fine hair. I recommend using an end sealer such as Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends (long name!!!) and check if that helps. It’ll help to keep your hair from breaking. Best of luck to you!

  14. Lola says:

    Hi ! Have you heard of the product Naissant Nanatsu Argan Oil Elixer? I have used this in conjunction, at times, with my “light” moroccan oil but lately my hair has seemed to be getting more and more dull. Not sure if it’s the moroccan or the Naissant? Have you tried this product?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Lola, I don’t know anything about the Naissant, but the Moroccan Oil is likely to be causing your hair’s dullness. Best to toss it and try the Naissant on its own for the time being!

  15. Maureen says:

    I had been using Moroccan Oil Repair Shampoo for only a month when I noticed an unusual amount of hair loss while rinsing my hair. Additionally, my long thick, course hair became even more dry, frizzy and limp. I found this blog and immediately discontinued using all of their products. Upon the advice in this blog, I contacted Malibu C to get Undo Goo. My questions is, when can I expect my hair to stop falling out after beginning use of Undo Goo, and, what specific products would be good for my course, wavy hair to give it body and make it shiny and less frizzy?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Maureen, that’s an excellent question. I’m so sorry to hear about your hair and I hope that the Undo Goo helps. Please note that you’re going to need to follow up with a low pH conditioner (4.5 is best) – make sure to do that to keep your hair balanced and avoid colour fading (if you colour your hair). Hair follicles have a life cycle that’s specific to each person and there is just no way to know for sure when your hair fall will stop. The good news is that you used Moroccan Oil for only a month! I bet it’ll take no more than 3 months for everything to settle down. If you have had children you may have noticed hair fall 3-6 months postpartum, and tons of fine regrowth for a year to 18 months postpartum. Expect this but on a smaller scale 🙂 See a doctor if it gets any worse, though…better safe than sorry.

      As for product recommendations, you may like to read the Hair Care section of my website to read some of my favourites. For you I would recommend Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate shampoo with Angel Rinse conditioner and a leave in spray of your choice (I like Staying Alive by Kevin Murphy or Moisture Kick by Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure). A few of my clients are on this regimen and I use it too occasionally. It’ll give your hair moisture without weighing down your waves.

      Best of luck to you with your hair!

      • Maureen says:

        Hi Victoria, could you make a couple of recommendations regarding conditioners with a pH of 4.5 to use with the Undo Goo Shampoo. Would the Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse conditioner fall into this category? Do conditioners typically state what their pH is?

        • victoria says:

          Hi Maureen, conditioners don’t usually state pH unless it’s low. You could google the brands you like and ask the companies directly. You can even buy testing strips to use on your own products – that’s the best way. The two conditioners I know that are low pH are Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Color Save and AG Moisture Mask. You can even make your own by diluting apple cider vinegar if you prefer natural conditioners (there’s a lot of info online devoted to using apple cider vinegar in the hair; it’s very popular). I hope that helps!

  16. Penny says:

    Hi
    I’ve been using the colour wellness Malibu C shampoos and conditioner. I also use undo goo about once a fortnight. I also use miracle repair once a week. I started using the Malibu c products about 3 months ago. My hair was the best it had been in a long time as my hair is naturally wavy and quite thick. I decided to have a hair tint instead of my normal highlights as my hair had started getting very dry and know that tinting is better than bleach. Well my hair is disgusting. There’s no shine, it’s dry and because of this I wear it up all the time now. I’ve paid a lot of money on the Malibu c products and thought they would fair better. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s because I have put tint on top of bleach. Because up until then, the products were fantastic. I also have the conditioning spray by Malibu c but can’t honestly see that it does anything extra. Do you agree that it’s more than likely just the Wella tint that had been used that has drastically affected my hair. Please advise what I can do to get my shiny locks back. Should I keep on using my beloved Malibu C products or not. Also my hair was tinted at my usual hairdressers and not done by myself
    Thank you and any advice would be appreciated
    Penny

    • victoria says:

      Hi Penny, I’m so sorry to hear about your hair. Malibu C is definitely not the problem; it’s the tint that was put over the bleach for sure. Dry, overprocessed bleached hair can’t really be repaired unless you use Olaplex in a few sessions before tinting back, and then also it would need to be used in the tinting colour.

      Your hairdresser may also not have filled your hair before tinting. Filling is necessary with all tintbacks so that the right amount of pigment is restored, and it basically means applying a temporary or semipermanent warm tone to process before applying the desired tint shade. Otherwise the hair will be dull, drab and even greyish or greenish. You’d know if your hair was filled because there would have been 2 separate steps of colour applied (and the first colour may or may not have been shampooed out).

      But! If your hair was properly filled, I’m not sure what the problem could be. As a last resort I would say that Wella isn’t the greatest colour line and that it’s not a good option for tintbacks…but since I can’t see your hair in person there’s just no way to tell what’s actually going on with it.

      I would recommend switching from the Malibu line and using a colour preserving line for now. Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Colour Save is an excellent option. You may also like to use the Repair Rescue Spray from the Bonacure line as your leave-in. Or, you can go with Redken’s Color Extend line, another wonderful line that a lot of my clients love. If you want to go up a notch, Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche and Masque Chroma Riche will get you started on the road to recovering healthy hair and preserving the colour along the way. Make sure to only buy these products from a salon! They’re higher end and are often watered down or expired/old when purchased online.

      ****I just wanted to add something else! Perhaps your hair would benefit from a demipermanent colour in a month or so. Schwarzkopf Igora Vibrance is the line I use, and I absolutely love it for retinting highlighted hair. It’s very very gentle and conditioning, and tends to fade much more slowly than other brands. In fact, I bet it won’t fade at all on your hair, and the bonus will be that your hair WILL be shiny and more healthy. I stand by this opinion 100% so please find a colourist who uses Vibrance and have them match the colour you have right now. Make sure to have them use the 6 volume (1.9%) developer only. Vibrance has 2 lines: Regular and Gloss+Tone. You want just the regular Vibrance line.

      Best of luck to you! And thank you for posting about Malibu C – I want everyone to know that although they’re a great line, they’re not perfect and that there are always better options.

  17. keiji says:

    Hello Victoria thanks for all your answers so far and im really sorry for me spamming questions all over this comment section, i have one more thing if possible is since i live in in another continent from canada, and the restricted import i only came across just some of bonacure product line and idk if it is good for my type of hair and problems with buildups and oils and since i checked your recommended products i was unable to find all of them here and since i do not want to spam people who are looking for other things in the comments i was wondering if there is anyhow i could contact you if possible to get at least any type of hair advice im in a quite dire state of hair :c or is it okey to ask the given questions here ? sorry and thanks again for all the insight

    • victoria says:

      Hi Keiji, it’s completely OK – all of your questions are helpful so I don’t mind answering. Best to post your hair questions here, as other people may be experiencing the same issues. With that said, I can only give very basic recommendations because I cannot see your hair in person, and in addition to that if the products I recommend are unavailable to you that makes it extra tricky. If you are in a dire state of hair it could be something more serious than just Moroccan Oil…it may be best to see a dermatologist or trichologist for your problems.

      All you would need to do for buildup is to find a clarifying shampoo. Look for a clear shampoo with a high pH and words like “detox” “anti-buildup”, “clarifying” on the bottle. Use a light conditioner afterward, something like a daily cream rinse with a low pH would be best. Keep doing that for a few weeks and see if it makes a difference. Hope that helps!

      • keiji says:

        Thank you so very much, so ill just add context to what i talking to you about in the previous comment, naturally i have wavy hair and very frizzy/not problemtic dry kinda hard to manage through it as well as never had dandruff up to the point where i tried different products because i wanted to have straighter more manageable hair, as i am not comfortable in frizzy and very distinguable hair, when i was younger i had straighter hair which i liked; now fast forward to where i started trying out different oils nottably flower ones i thing and argan branded oils from loreal and others which smooths the hair but the effects started to wear out with time and i felt more split ends and frizzier look than usual if i dont use the products i tried masks and and conditioners which worked for first few days which i made sure included “natural oil’ label on it as i believed was better, now im experiencing dandruff as my hair became even drier and drier and can’t seem to easily make my hair look straighter like i used as i believe it’s very damaged and dry, i went to a hair salon and they proposed absolut repair lipidium shampoo and mask from loreal which worked fine at first but very fast went back to dry and dandruff hair and i believe with the mask and past products a build up was created and dried my hair even more.
        basically the products i found here are bonucare moisture kick and oil miracle shampoo and repair rescue conditioner
        as for a cleansing shampoo and conditioner i have found L’Occitane Aromachology Revit Fresh idk if it’s any good
        my question would be would the mentioned products help me cleanse my hair and get a stronger manageability on the frizz and achieve a straighter look out of my wavy hair?
        do you think i made a mistake when i used masks over conditioners for dry frizzy hair ?
        thank so much and sorry for the long post

        • victoria says:

          Hi Keiji, your mistake was not using pure oils when that was what you wanted to use from the start. That’s why Moroccan Oil has been so popular anyhow! Saadiaorganics.com is a great place to buy pure oils, so for everyone who is reading this…spend the money to buy the real oils; it’s worth it for the health of your hair!

          You also cannot change the curl pattern of your hair without a perm, so if you want straighter hair it may be best to look at different straightening perms. I don’t like perms and neither do I recommend them, but they are the simplest answer if you want to change the curl pattern or straighten – nothing else can do that. But, try my suggestions before you resort to perming. If you use natural oils such as Castor Bean or Argan Nut, those can soften the hair so that it will take the shape you want more easily. Your hair may still be a bit frizzy but it will ‘behave’ better if that makes sense.

          Try the L’Occitane shampoo and use a pure oil of your choosing as your leave in conditioner. That’s the best advice I can give 🙂 Good luck to you!

      • keiji says:

        and would you recommend and loreal expert series for my hair condition and/or kerastase nutritive ?
        thanks again and sorry for double reply cant seem to edit my comment
        thanks

  18. Jenny says:

    Hi, are the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair or Hydrating shampoo and conditioner lines just as bad? I recently used them a couple times instead of my usual Joico K-PAK and my hair has been super soft and shiny, but is that just because all of the silicones? I don’t want to continue use if it will cause further damage in the long run. Thanks!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Jenny, I recommend avoiding everything in the Moroccan Oil line. Joico K-Pak is a very good line that has been around for over 20 years; I’m certain it’s been reformulated since I was young, but it’s honestly a great line. If you want to switch to something similar to the K-Pak, try the Redken Extreme line – another excellent ‘old’ line. Just FYI, don’t be distracted by Redken’s All Soft line, it’s crap since they reformulated it. Go for the Extreme stuff only, use it for 6 months to give your hair a nice change, then switch back to K-Pak.

      • Lori says:

        Hi – how do you feel about the Diamond Oil shampoo and conditioner by Redken? Also, the Pureology precious oil Softening Condition? I just got a brazilian blowout, and I don’t want to make a mistake in the aftercare of my hair.

        • victoria says:

          Hi Lori! I don’t know much about the Diamond Oil line, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Pureology is also a poor choice as they really dropped in quality after L’Oreal bought them out. Best to use a moisturizing, gentle line such as Redken Colour Extend or Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Color Save, as those two will help to maintain the keratin integrity of your Brazilian Blowout for the maximum length of time.

  19. Thao says:

    Hi Victoria,
    Thanks so much for providing such an insightful, informative and eye- opening article. It’s 2016, and I’ve only now jumped on the argan oil bandwagon craze (I’m late to the party, I know). Recently I bought 2 items from the Macadamia Natural Oil line because I found them on sale and was so eager to try it. What is your take on this line? I got the Deep Hair Repair Masque and Healing Oil Treatment. Your thoughts on both these items? Okay to keep using, or toss them away now? I must admit, after reading your article, panic took hold of me. After a few uses of the Macadamia Natural Oil line, there wasn’t much difference to my hair. It’s still the same. Oily at roots, frizzy at mid- lengths and dry, unruly and lifeless at the ends. But the scent. Oh my. Is absolutely divine. I have very fine, thin, uncoloured straight Asian long black hair that reaches near my belly button. I consider my hair normal. No heat damage (apart from hair dryer) and no split ends. I have never had any chemical treatments done on it. And I want to keep it in it’s natural state as possible. I’ve started looking elsewhere for bigger and better products to give my hair the appearance of silky smooth frizz- free shiny hair, like what keratin treatments at the salon can give. And my eyes have lusted and settled upon MoroccanOil. That’s how I stumbled across this article. Now I know to steer clear of this line and other lines selling fake oils. I am completely outraged that MoroccanOil is able to get away with this! Don’t they care about the best interests of their customers? I will not be spending any of my money on this line. Speaking of which, Macadamia Natural Oil has silicones in their Healing Treatment oil as well. It’s a bit concerning for me as the first 3 or so ingredients are silicones, just like MoroccanOil. Should I just finish up the bottle or ditch it for good now? Any help, advice will be greatly appreciated. Much love from Australia, xx

    • victoria says:

      Hi Thao, see my answer below – but I just wanted to acknowledge your outrage because I feel it too! I don’t get why something isn’t being done?!?! The company called Wen was causing similar problems for people and they got in big trouble. I think Moroccan Oil has a LOT of $$$$ and can afford to give away products to beauty bloggers in exchange for positive reviews…and I also think their advertising is top-notch. If you would please share this article so more and more people can learn the truth, I would really appreciate it 🙂

  20. Tina Wilson says:

    I’ve been using Moroccan Oil for about 3 months. My hair is very fine but a lot of it (as I’ve been told repeatedly by several stylists). Over the past couple of months, my hair has been extremely dry, frizzy and thinning. The past month has been horrible ~ my hair is falling out a LOT! I just got my hair cut off (7 to 8″ and is now short). I started thinking if it was the moroccan oil and stumbled across your website. I’m sure it is and I’m quitting it immediately. Hopefully the hair will get repaired and I will have healthy hair again! Thank you

    • victoria says:

      Hi Tina, I’m glad you decided to do some research. Best of luck to you with your hair’s recovery – 3 months is not long and you will be able to reverse the damage 🙂

  21. Thao says:

    Hi Victoria,

    Thanks so much for this very informing and eye- opening article. It’s 2016, and I’ve only now started getting into the argan oil hair trend (I’m late to the party, I know). A few weeks ago, I bought the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Hair Repair Masque and Healing Oil Treatment as it was on sale. I’m not gonna lie, the beautiful scent completely blew me away after using it for the first time. After a few uses, there doesn’t seem to be any significant difference in my hair.

    I have uncoloured, fine, long straight Asian black hair that almost reaches my belly button. I consider my hair to be normal, but it can get quite greasy at the top, frizzy along the mid- lengths and a bit dry, unruly and lifeless at the ends. I don’t suffer from split ends as I have never coloured my hair nor do I use heat tools (apart from the blow dryer).

    I lust long silky frizz- free smooth hair, like what keratin treatments at the salon supposedly give (I’d do anything to also have thicker hair), but I want to steer clear of any chemical treatments. I want to keep my hair in it’s natural state as much as possible. What are your thoughts on the Macadamia Natural Oil line? Finish using it it or toss it away now? I’ve read the ingredients on the back and couldn’t help notice that the first few ingredients are also silicones. In fact, it’s got a quite a similar ingredient listing as MoroccanOil.

    Because Macadamia Natural Oil hadn’t been doing much for my hair, I was looking at other “holy grail” hair products amongst beauty bloggers and kept seeing it being bombarded with MoroccanOil products. I was more and more intrigued but wimped out at the steep price point. I somehow stumbled across this article and believe me, it was a major wake- up call for me. I cannot tell you how grateful and thankful I am to have read this as it has saved me from caving in to this fad and being bald down the track. I have very fine hair, I don’t need to be losing any more. I certainly won’t be spending my money on any MoroccanOil products or any line that sells fake oils. If I want natural Argan oil, I’d be using the real deal.

    Any help, advice, recommendations sent my way would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Sending lots of love from Australia. xx

    • victoria says:

      Hi Thao, I’m very glad you didn’t buy the Moroccan Oil! It sounds like you have a typical issue for ultra long haired people: the movement of your hair against clothing and chairs does ruffle the cuticle a bit and cause dryness/frizz, plus if you wear it loose to sleep that does cause a lot of abrasion on the hair. I would recommend loosely braiding your hair to sleep in, and pulling it around to the front as much as possible when you’re sitting. You are also a perfect candidate for Schwarzkopf Bonacure Sealed Ends leave-in treatment. It’s not by any means a natural product, but it has silicones in the right proportions (shampoos out easily) which protect your ends from daily wear and tear. I would suggest using it on the last 4″ of your hair; this will help it to thicken up and feel softer.

      I would toss the Macadamia Oil products if you don’t feel they’re doing anything. If you want an excellent oil line, I have recently learned about Malie Organics from Hawaii. Their leave in oils are WONDERFUL and smell beautiful. When I put a few drops into my hand to apply it, they almost completely absorbed into my skin – an extremely good sign. I don’t know much about Australian products but I do know that it would be worthwhile to order some of this leave in oil (directly from Malie’s website…be careful of Amazon/Ebay and some vendors do water down products) or even the shampoo and conditioner. They are expensive, but my client who started using Malie has had a dramatic improvement in her hair.

      Best of luck to you with your long hair! Natural products can be very expensive but it’s well worth the money if you can find legit natural lines (not fake ones full of silicone). Make sure to check out Saadia’s site for options as well.

  22. Le Juan says:

    Hi

    Your article was very helpful, thank you. Could you please let me know your thoughts on the Kerastase Ultime Oil?, I’ve always purchased that over the Morrocan Oil as I tried the M.O shampoo once and really didn’t like how dry and stripped my hair felt.
    Would you advise to use Kevin Murphy products over Kerastase because they’re natural?
    Thank you

    • victoria says:

      Hi Le Juan, Kerastase is a wonderful line and I wouldn’t anticipate any trouble with it. I think a lot more research goes into Kerastase than Kevin Murphy, but I like your question because it brings up a great point about natural vs. synthetic beauty products. It’s an ethical issue because what matters is how you feel about using natural vs. synthetic products on your hair. Kevin Murphy has been approved by PETA so that does mean a lot to some people…but Kerastase has been around much longer and has had extensive lab trials and research (being a L’Oreal line, this does mean they probably have done animal testing). I would say overall that Kerastase works better than Kevin Murphy, and also I want to reiterate that natural doesn’t always mean better quality. Hopefully that helps 🙂

  23. Carla says:

    I forgot to mention my hair is very fine to begin with… so now its way worse….

    • victoria says:

      Hi again Carla! Definitely use a low pH conditioner then 🙂 What I might suggest is using the Schwarzkopf Colour Freeze shampoo followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse after the Malibu treatments, to help your hair stay strong. It doesn’t smell great, so just make sure to really rinse well afterward, and maybe use a gentle leave in such as Schwarzkopf Moisture Kick Spray to help it smell better.

  24. Carla says:

    Hi, I started using the Moroccan oil volumizing shampoo and conditioner on a daily basis about 6 months ago. About 3 months ago I noticed my hair getting thiner and some spots a lot thinner! My hairdreser’s other had experienced the similar results after using Moroccan oil products and she happened to me at my last appt and I thought maybe this could be the cause of mine. I will stop using it immediately. What can I do to try to get my hair to grow back ????

    • victoria says:

      Hi Carla, please use the clarifying protocol I mention here (Malibu C Crystal Gel and Undo Goo shampoo). After the Undo Goo make sure to use a very acid pH conditioner, as Undo Goo is alkaline and you need something to balance that out. A good option is something with a 4.5 pH, such as Schwarzkopf Bonacure Colour Freeze conditioner.

  25. Tracie Reeves says:

    I went to Atlanta and had my hair done. My son always has it done when I go there. My sons girlfriend took me to her salon and they pushed the morrocon oil products which I got all of them plus a Revlon leave in conditioner and yes my hair smelled great. I now have two bald spots on my head. After reading this blog no more morroccon products for me. Also, my sons , girlfriend kept saying her hair was fall ing out and she is young 40. I am 63 but have had a head full of hair. It was just odd it never fell out till I used these products. Makes sense though. Silicone build up and any weak hair at all should create a real problem. Bye Bye Moroccon products . Checking the Revlon leave in also smells great.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Tracie, sounds like you had a typical salon visit – as I mention in the article we are often pressured a LOT to sell a full range of products to everyone even if they don’t need them. I’m sorry that happened to you as the Moroccan Oil line is very expensive. It sounds like it definitely caused your hair loss, and that it’s probably causing your son’s girlfriend’s hair loss as well. I’m not sure about Revlon products as it’s been ages since I used them, but try clarifying your hair and scalp for a few weeks and see what happens when you use the Revlon leave-in. Best of luck to you with your hair! Make sure to only use shampoo on your scalp (lather, rinse, repeat) and then conditioner only on your ends, as that will help dissolve the buildup that is suffocating your scalp.

  26. Michaela says:

    What are your thoughts on Argan Oil infused hairdryers? I got brought one last Christmas and didn’t really think about it – come early/mid February this year my hair feels greasy, and like it’s stuck to my head but dry and frizzy at the same time. Recently brought a different hair dryer and hoping it will make a difference. Do you have any recommendations as to how I can rescue my hair?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Michaela, I have no idea, and don’t know how the oil could be infused in the dryer. The hair issues you’re describing are similar to what others are posting here…so maybe your dryer could be the culprit? Best to follow the same clarifying protocol I recommend in the article and see if that helps. Good luck to you with your hair! I hope the new dryer helps too!

  27. Julia Marie says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using restorative conditioner shea moisture from long for my hairs and its really effective.It will improve your hairs for sure so try it once people.

  28. Sorcha says:

    My hair dresser used the light version on me and was saying it would be really good for my hair. I’m mid length hair coloured blonde and it’s very fine and naturally straight. For the price I said I would look into it first before I purchase and so glad I did. My hair tends to be dry and get a few fly away hairs after blowdrying but I want an oil not too heavy. Any recommendations on what I could look at? I’m in Europe so may be limited to certain brands.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Sorcha, I am not familiar with what’s available in Europe, but Rene Furterer might be a good option. Their Carthame line has a lovely oil that would be perfect 🙂

  29. Tanu says:

    Hii
    My hairs are v frizzy and dry
    I have never used Moroccan oil
    I always use coconut oil and a mild shampoo
    Please suggest something beneficial to deal with the frizz

    • victoria says:

      Hi Tanu, check your coconut oil to make sure it’s unprocessed cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil (not the processed and bleached stuff used for cooking). Sometimes the processed coconut oils contain chemical residue that can make your hair dry and frizzy. If the oil you’re using is already an unprocessed one, you may want to replace it with something a bit stronger such as natural castor oil – one of my more frizzy haired clients swears by it because it’s thick and goopy enough to control frizz. Make sure to buy pure castor oil from a beauty or health food company, and not the stuff used for industrial lubricants.

      If you would rather use a salon quality product, I recommend either TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier, or Schwarzkopf OSIS Bouncy Curls Curl Gel with Oil. The Schwarzkopf one is brand new and may be difficult to find, but it’s my new favourite anti-frizz product. The TIGI product is more of a hair glue that can be quite sticky, but it does do an awesome job of controlling frizz. Best of luck to you with your hair!

  30. Abdullah Thahir says:

    is babyliss pro Argan based products any good ?

    • victoria says:

      Great question Abdullah – Babyliss Pro is a middle range line and so I would rate them ‘just OK’ for haircare. You can read more about my favourite products in my Hair Care section. Some of them (for example the Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure line) are in the same price range as Babyliss, but are much better in terms of quality and what they do for the hair.

      • keiji says:

        Thanks for your Answer, would the recommended products also work for men ?

        • victoria says:

          Yes, absolutely, thank you for checking.

          • keiji says:

            hi there victoria sorry for posting a lot of questions down here :c i was just wondering since i am not able to find the bonacure product line where i live and cannot import it i wanted your opinion on L’Occitane Aromachology Revit Fresh if it reliable product in contrast to the argan babyliss pro ? thank you so much and sorry

          • victoria says:

            Hi Keiji, I know of the L’Occitane company but am unsure about their products. Rene Furterer is a similar line, but wayyyy better, especially compared to Babyliss Pro.

  31. Christina Cromwell says:

    Hey Victoria!!
    Your article is very interesting! I am wondering if you have heard of a haircare line called MONAT? I’d love to know what you think of it if you have!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Christina, I have been contacted my a Monat rep already, and sampled their products. To be honest, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write my review. Thank you for the reminder – I should do that ASAP!

  32. Kae says:

    This is really useful to know! I remember asking my hairstylist last time I got a haircut about what to do about fly aways, and she gave me some Moroccan Oil product to take home, for free, just the end of a bottle because she was so in favour of it. Luckily I did not buy it, but bought instead the Argan oil from The Body Shop. I’ve looked closer at the ingredients for that oil, and while there don’t appear to be any silicones in it, there certainly are a lot of other things in that oil. The first two ingredients before the actual argan oil are Capric Triglyceride and Dicaprylyl Carbonate. I can’t find out much about those, other than they are common and used in a lot of cosmetic products. Added fragrance and other oils I understand stretching an expensive product, maybe would make it not the best but not terrible, but I can’t figure out whether this long list of ingredients is harmful or not. I haven’t used the oil regularly, so I don’t know what the long term use would look like. Any thoughts about that?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Kae, I’m no longer ethically in favour of Body Shop products as their quality took a nose dive after being purchased by L’Oreal. L’Oreal also bought Pureology around the same time, and their quality is now so bad that it’s on par with Moroccan Oil in the amount of damage it causes! If you’re looking for a nice oil to use, best to look into one of the higher end lines and the product will be purer – or even just pick up some actual Argan Nut Oil from a supplier such as Saadia.com, as you will be buying the real thing and won’t need to worry about extra chemicals and junk silicones watering down the oil.

  33. Swati says:

    I have been using moroccon oil mask and serum for almost a year. My hair are dry, damaged ( I straighten my hair only once or twice a month, never colored my hair) and have severe hairfall. Could it be because of morroccon oil? Is Kerastase any good? Please reply

    • victoria says:

      Hi Swati, your hairfall may very well be from Moroccan Oil. Best to follow the clarifying protocols I’ve listed for other folks in the comments section here, and choose a new line. Kerastase would be a wonderful choice! Kerastase is the only L’Oreal line that I approve of, actually. A lot of research goes into that line, and although it’s expensive, the products are very concentrated and you use half the amount that you think you would need. I hope your hair starts growing back, best of luck to you and make sure to share this article with anyone you know who uses Moroccan Oil…

  34. What do you think of theOrganix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner? I have been using it recently but feel like my hair has become even more dry then it used to be. Every time I use the conditioner feel like my hair becomes full of static and coarse

    • victoria says:

      I’ve never tried that line, so I can’t be sure of whether it’s good or not. If your hair seems to be getting worse, better switch to something else to be safe 🙂

  35. Michelle Hidalgo says:

    I have thick course hair. I have been using Moroccan oil for awhile. My hair looks frizzy. After reading this site is looks like I should not use Moroccan oil. What should I use?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Michelle, if you take a look at my Hair Care section you can read about my recommended products for your hair type. Without seeing your hair in person, I can only make a suggestion, but it would probably be worth following the clarifying steps I’ve outlined in this article, and reading some other comments here to see what other people are doing. Remember that it’s not silicones themselves that are bad for your hair, but HOW MUCH silicones are used and if they are in small enough amounts so they can be shampooed out. Moroccan oil has wayyyy too much silicone and not enough good stuff – that’s why your hair is frizzy. All the best to you!

  36. Diane Belanger says:

    What do you think of the Oribe line for post Morocanoil users????

    • victoria says:

      Hi Diane, I’ve never tried that line, so I can’t say for sure it’s the right choice. They do look like they’re pretty high end though! Maybe Oribe would be a good option after going through a couple months of the clarifying regimen…

  37. Julie H Sabri says:

    My hairdresser uses (and sells) Moroccan Oil products, and uses them exclusively on his clients. He is incredibly talented, but I noticed that when I use Moroccan oil at home, my hair is super frizzy when I dry it. I thought it was my gray hair and hormone changes as I am 44. Luckily for me, last week when I was going to buy the curl lotion and volumizing cream, the Moroccan Oil palette had been hijacked (yes, hijacked) mid-shipment, and therefore, the salon couldn’t sell me any. I bought new styling products from Ulta from various lines, and the VERY FIRST TIME I blew out my hair with the new products, my hair looked shiny, soft and full like it used to! I stumbled upon your post while looking up new ways to use my Moroccan Oil, and half way through the article, I had an *aha!* moment. Thank you! for posting this article. I am now off to throw my half-used bottle away.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Julie, it definitely sounds like Moroccan Oil is the problem. I want to stress that your hairstylist is probably completely unaware of the Moroccan Oil issue. He probably thinks it’s fantastic and wants only the best for your hair, especially if he’s got talent 🙂 It is definitely not his fault – he certainly must love the line if he uses it exclusively. Many hairdressers and clients love Moroccan Oil and I understand its appeal when used the first few times.

      That’s hilarious that a shipment of Moroccan Oil would be hijacked, and also a bit scary because it shows the level of appeal and obsession with the line in our society; I can guarantee you those products are begin diverted, watered down (using water or baby oil) and resold as the genuine stuff on websites like Amazon or Ebay. Be careful and ONLY purchase from a reputable brick-and-mortar salon. I’m glad you chose different products to use before any damage was done. Best of luck with your hair!

  38. sandie says:

    Hi, the last 2-3 months I started to notice my hair thinning on the side. I’m starting to wonder if my 1-2 times per week oil mask treatment has anything to do with this? I would combine honey and olive oil, other times I use honey with coconut oil. Sometimes I leave it overnight. Please help.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Sandie, this wouldn’t be the same issue as the one caused by the unnecessary silicones in lines such as Moroccan Oil. If you are using organic, 100% pure unprocessed honey, olive oil and coconut oil, then the problem may be something to look into with your doctor. However! If you are using processed oils or honey in your hair there can be unexpected hidden chemicals or chemical residue that contribute to damage and hair loss. For example if you are using coconut oil made for cooking (hint: it will be SUPER cheap) there is a good chance is has been bleached or that there are hidden preservatives or other additives. One of my clients did this, and her hair became brittle and much blonder over time…it points to bleach being used to whiten the coconut oil she was applying. I only just recently learned that some chemicals do not need to be listed on ingredient labels! Please research the stuff you put onto your hair and scalp, and buy from a company (Saadia is a very reputable source for argan nut oil) that can prove that their oils and honey are pure. Best of luck!

  39. Diane says:

    Thank you for this review!!! My wavy hair is so damaged by these products. Very dry and breaking along with frizz I can’t get under control. Now I know why. Will NEVER use any of these products again. Just wondering how many times you think I should use clarifying shampoo to correct this damage. Looking forward to having softer, natural hair back soon.
    Diane

    • victoria says:

      Hi Diane, I am sorry to hear that Moroccan Oil products have damaged your hair. You’re going to need to switch to a clarifying shampoo for now, and invest in some Malibu C or equally strong clarifying treatment (to use once weekly). To be honest, it varies from person to person, but if you go for a month on clarifiers than you should notice a significant improvement. Keep in mind that as with all things, it’ll get worse before it gets better. I have recently updated my haircare section, so all my product recommendations on there are up-to-date. You’ll find loads of info there on products that can help you – and remember, even if a product has silicone in it, that doesn’t mean it’s bad! The lines I recommend are tried and true, even the ones with silicone. Silicone is not the problem…it’s the fake ‘oil’ lines full of piles of unnecessary silicone that are the issue. Best of luck to you, and please share this article if you think you know someone who can also benefit.

      • Diane says:

        Victoria,
        Thank you for your quick response. I do have a few more questions. I am in DESPERATE need of a haircut!!!! I’ve had bad experience with just about every stylist I’ve been to due to the fact they don’t know how to handle my thick wavy hair. Do you recommend cutting hair dry or wet and some layers or no layers. Appreciate any and all advice you have given me so far.
        Diane

        • victoria says:

          Hi Diane, I always cut curly hair wet, and add layers based on the client’s curl type, thickness and overall shape…but some hairdressers do a beautiful job with dry cuts. It would be best for you to google curly specialists near you – it’s even worth it to drive a couple hours to see someone good if you have to! Or, if you see someone with great curly hair that’s a similar type to yours, ask where she gets it cut. Most people LOVE their hairdressers and also really love telling who they go to, especially if the stylist is a curly hair guru. Curly hair doesn’t need to be cut as often as straight hair for many reasons, so if you do find someone a bit out of the way, it won’t be too inconvenient. Good luck!

  40. Sheila says:

    I am wondering about AG The Oil. I have been using it for a couple of years, and haven’t notice any changes to my hair. But I am wondering if this is one of the good ones or the bad ones. Any insight? Thanks so much!

  41. Sheila says:

    What are your thoughts on AG’s The Oil Extra Virgin Argan Miracle Soothing Oil. I have been using it for a couple of years and have never noticed dry hair or any problems. But I noticed one of the oils listed is a silicone. Thanks for your insight!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Sheila, thank you for your question! I have always loved AG products and often hear great things about them from clients. If there’s silicone in The Oil Extra Virgin Argan Miracle Soothing Oil, but it’s not causing trouble for your hair, just keep on using it. There’s a solid chance that the silicone in their formula is in the right proportion to everything else, and therefore shampoos out properly as needed. It’s probably one of the good ones 🙂 As always I have to point out that silicones are not necessarily bad for your hair – it’s when they are not blended properly with other ingredients that it becomes an issue.

  42. Tammi says:

    I have been experiencing dry, damaged hair for a very long time. My hair if falling out. I started using this hairdresser December 2015. My hairdresser uses Moroccan Oil products exclusively. I have been to the dermatologist twice and gynecologist (thought it could be hormonal) I even went so far as to have my hairdresser get a different type of hair color because I thought it could be the type of hair color he uses. I NEVER thought it could be the Moroccan Oil products until I read this! He has repeatedly told me that it was just something that happens to some women. I was starting to think that I was crazy. I feel so relieved after reading this! Thank you. I am throwing every Moroccan Oil product away right now. Thank you again

    • victoria says:

      Hi Tammi, I am so glad that my article helped you find a solution to your hair problems! You’re very welcome 🙂 Best of luck to you with your hair – I’m sure that once your hair and scalp are clear of the Moroccan Oil goop, then it’ll be easier for your hair to grow back healthy and strong. Please pick up some clarifying shampoo to use every time you shampoo for a bit, and pick up some Malibu Crystal Gel treatment packets via Amazon. A Crytstal Gel treatment takes 45 minutes with heat (blow dryer on low, with plastic wrap or shower cap on your hair), but it’s well worth the effort.

      • Tammie says:

        Victoria
        Thank you for your quick response
        I appreciate this information more than you know
        Please keep me informed on any new products/treatments
        Ordering crystal gel today

  43. anna says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve been using Marrakesh Argan Oil treatment & elixir for a couple of years now and have recently noticed that my ends have gotten extremely dry. I’ve looked on your site and you recommend Shwartzkopff BC OIL MIRACLE for my hair type (I have wavy thick hair). Just wanted to ask you how their oil is different/better than the Argan Oil product I’ve been using, given what you’ve explained in your article above, which was a real eye opener for me.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Anna, I have recently heard that the Oil Miracle line is getting discontinued. I would recommend staying off the oil lines for your hair type anyway, since there is damage. Best to go with something more hydrating/protein based than oily, and then make sure to clarify out any leftover silicones that are drying your ends out. Try Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me line as well as their Staying Alive leave in spray for your ends. It’s pricey but it absolutely works! Also, as I’ve done with everyone here, I recommend going to the Malibu C website and ordering the Undo Goo shampoo for a weekly clarifying boost for a few months. Please read through my advice to others in the comments here, you might find something helpful there too 🙂 Best of luck with your hair!

  44. Rachel says:

    Thank you for this article . I am a colorist in Los Angeles and used to love Moroccan Oil products when they first came out. I hadn’t used them in years let alone look at the ingredients.
    I bought the voluming shampoo and conditioner along with the Weightless Hydrating mask. I was alternating them with a few other shampoos(as hairstylists usually do) so I didn’t notice anything at first. My hair started to get really dry and frizzy. I have straight fine hair naturally. I thought it was all the new grey hair that took over. Then I thought it was the highlights, you get the picture. I have also been losing a ton of hair for 1 year. Then the other day I used the MO mask with a different shampoo, OMG my hair was like a rat’s nest. I have never seen it so tangled with the weirdest texture kind of like I put developer on it for a bit then rinsed it out. It freaked me out.
    So I finally looked at the ingredients, not knowing the original company was bought out years hence the ingredient change.
    Okaaayyyy are you ready for this…. in the Extra volume conditioner the 6th ingredient is CANOLA OIL!!! what?! and the Argan is the 10th ingredient. They should call it Canola Oil. The mask- the 4th ingredient is again CANOLA OIL with Argan as its 8th ingredient. I am just beyond.
    Seriously?! I don’t think in all my years doing hair I have ever seen canola oil in products. It is shameful…….no wonder it along with silicone clogs the hair follicle resulting in hair loss.
    Thank you for your knowledge of the best hair products, I am a fan of all that you recommended.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Rachel! OMG thank you so much! It’s wonderful to hear from a fellow hair pro 🙂 I had no idea Canola Oil was in there now, too…freaking gross…I won’t even eat the stuff, let alone put it on my hair. I’m sorry to hear about your hair situation, hopefully you are able to fix it? If you do, please post another comment with your ‘recipe’ for how you did it. I appreciate your comment and thank you for taking the time to write me. The more hair pros learn about Moroccan Oil, the better!

  45. Dacia says:

    Do you recommend all lines of Rene Furterer products? I read this blog after trying to research why the Moroccan Oil was leaving my hair Limp and greacy after 3 washes!
    I’m thinking of the Volumea line for my ultra fine hair.

    Thanks!!!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Dacia, I’m so glad to hear you’re quitting the Moroccan Oil before it causes more damage. I love all the Rene lines and would actually recommend the Tonucia for your hair, if it’s coloured or highlighted. Otherwise, use the Volumea regularly. You can also use Angel Wash and Angel Rinse by Kevin Murphy, this is a wonderful line and mostly organic and cruelty free too!

      Your hair type will really benefit from a plain old Malibu C Undo Goo deep clarifying shampoo (buy from their website so you know it’s legit) care ritual twice a month. Do two shampoos with the Undo Goo, i.e. lather-rinse-repeat, leaving the second one on for 10 minutes or so. Don’t follow it with conditioner, but once out of the shower, apply a leave-in spray such as Kevin Murphy Staying Alive or Schwarzkopf Moisture Kick Spray to towel dried hair to help comb out. Your hair type should only ever be COMBED, never brushed unless you’re doing a round brush blowout occasionally…as it’s easy to get styling-related breakage in ultra fine hair. If your hair is the type to get static-y, apply another small spritz or two with the leave-in spray to control it.

      Best of luck with your hair! It’s a difficult type to learn to care for, but once you have the right products it gets super simple!

      • Dacia says:

        Thank you so much for this advice! I do just color my roots to keep the greys out 🙂 so will definitely try the Tonucia line. 6 months on & 6 off, correct? My hair is a few inches past my shoulders and have read your hair care section for long hair. What about the Redken Extreme line?
        So many choices and looking for the best for my longer, dark, ultra fine hair. Thank you so much for responding to my questions!!

        Dacia

        • Dacia says:

          Followup #2.
          Just researched the Kevin Murphy products you suggested and they sound amazing!!! Do you think this would be a good alternate to the Rene Furterer? Or to switch every 6 months between the 2? Thanks!!!

          • victoria says:

            Hi Dacia, you’re very welcome! I would do Tonucia for 6 months and then just go on the Angel Wash and Rinse. Then based on how your hair feels, either give it another boost with Tonucia or just stay on the Angel line 🙂

  46. Monique says:

    I recently came across your site looking for hair care lines to help moisturize my coarse 4b hair type. I read your Morrocon oil article and it completely steered me away from that popular Morrocon oil brand. Can you tell me how the Redken All Soft line you recommend for African hair any different from that and what you mentioned in your article?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Monique, thank you very very much for your question! I just pulled up the ingredient list for the All Soft line and to my great disappointment they have switched the oil in the formula from Avocado Oil to Argan Oil. I used the old version on my own hair way back when it first came out, and it was spectacular. I am disappointed in Redken for caving to popular demand with the Argan Oil trend…and from the reviews I’m seeing, the new formula is not as good. Please choose a different line – I would recommend anything from the Karite line from Rene Furterer (pricey but very pure and concentrated, so use less than half what you would with ‘normal’ products), or the As I Am Coconut Cowash for your curl type instead. I’m going to pull my endorsement of the All Soft line right away! What a shame. Thank you again for your question; it can be hard to stay up to date on products unless I spend hours reading labels in the store, lol!

  47. Tina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this article and all the comments!
    I have used Moroccan oil products the last 8 months, and I keep losing a lot of hair every day.
    I thought that it might be because of the shampoo, and after reading this I am 100% sure.
    Unfortunately I have just bought quite a lot of the products, but I don’t care – I will NEVER use these products in my hair again.
    One more time – THANKS!!
    Regards from Denmark 🙂

    • victoria says:

      Hi Tina, I’m so sorry to hear about your hair loss due to the Moroccan line. I hope that you can find a good clarifying treatment to use regularly until your scalp can breathe again. Please check out my post Nutrition for Hair Loss to find out ways to jump-start the regrowth process. Best of luck to you!

  48. Shelly says:

    Hi. Where is link to products you recommend. Great article. I am not going crazy after all. Thanks !

  49. mildred says:

    I personally love Pro Naturals!!

  50. Elise Miller says:

    Great article! I definitely had fun reading. Thank you!

  51. Michelle says:

    I have found that all of these straightening serums make my hair static & look horrible. The creams make my hair feel crunchy vs. soft. I get the exact opposite intended results.

    What other smoothing/protective products do you recommend? Besides the True Argun Nut Oil? I have used Olive oil and coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment and rub a very little bit on my hands then through my hair. You have to do this after the hair is dry. They don’t do much for me either.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Michelle, try the oil based products from the Rene Furterer line. Although some of their products do contain silicones they are all engineered to be completely rinsable, and as well they maintain tight control over the quality of the ingredients in their products – this is why Rene stuff is so expensive. I trained with a rep from this company years ago, but they haven’t changed the formulas or policies so I believe them to be 100% reliable and honest. Again this is probably why they are so expensive! You might really like their Carthame or Lissea lines as well as their Fioravanti leave in spray.

      Rene Furterer is well know for mandating that their products never go on sale, and that they carry the exact same price no matter which salon is selling them. DO NOT order these products online as they are commonly diverted and/or watered down by scammer companies looking to take advantage of people who want deals on this line. Buy them from a salon and pay full price. So, when you see this line available in a salon, just buy it right away. If you find it on sale, you’ll know that it’s either diverted, unethically acquired, old and unusable, or watered down…and cannot be trusted.

  52. Kindy says:

    All of this is so true. I have natural curl that has over the past ten years turned to FRIZZ!! I used to have long thick hair, and it is now very thin and lifeless. I have been doing research for years trying to figure out why it’s falling out. I have recently investigated the effect of dimethicone on scalp and hair, and am 100% sure it’s why I have lost my beautiful curls. I am in the process of trying to get rid of all the yuck and switch to natural products. I’m wondering if coconut oil itself will actually get rid of the buildup. I’m tired of using harsh shampoos that add to the frizz, but it seems that when I do my weekly coconut oil mask it takes all the buildup off my scalp. Could I just use it to clarify all the crap out?? Thank you so much for the honest review of Moroccan products. I was also a victim of a salon promotion, and realized after a few uses of it was no good!! Nice to know I wasn’t crazy for hating it.

    • victoria says:

      Thank you for your comment Kindy, I’m not sure if coconut oil is strong enough to strip out silicone – it may just be temporarily fixing the yucky feeling. I completely understand your concern about stripping your hair! By all accounts it seems to be the best option though. Maybe find a good protein treatment (Redken CAT is my favourite) and use that after a clarifying treatment.

      I need to reiterate that silicones (‘Hair Cosmetics’ as I call them) are completely OK to use! You just need to make sure they’re in products that can be shampooed out. Same principle as with face makeup 😉

      Best of luck to you in recovering your curls. You may want to try being ‘no poo’ for a while? Google it and check out the community; there is a lot of info available.

  53. Natasha says:

    Thank you so much for this article! I used to have incredibly thick hair, but it was always manageable. However, I somehow got wrapped up in the Moroccan Oil fad and quickly became a huge consumer of anything made by the brand because of how good it smelled, how soft it made my hair feel, and if i’m being honest, how popular it was. I cannot tell you how upset I am by the damage it has done to my hair with just 1.5 years of use. My hair has been falling out in clumps and it seems so thin. It makes me want to cry when I compare pictures of it to just 1.5 years ago. I’m throwing out all my shampoos, conditioners, and hair products and trying the Malibu treatments (which I just ordered). Let’s hope I can get my hair back to it’s original, healthy, beauty!!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Natasha, I’m so sorry to hear about your hair, but am glad you found this article. Thank you for your comment. I hope that you find the Malibu helps! Also please check out my guest article by a holistic nutritionist, posted in March 2013, called Nutrition for Hair Loss to help you restore your hair from the inside out.

    • tee says:

      I am so happy you made this article! I honestly thought I was going crazy! My hair was at its longest leak since childhood. I mean it grew way past my bra line. I was so excited and in love. So I said let me try some Argon oil shampoo by cream of nature, well it hasn’t even been six months and my hair is so dry and brittle. The length is now only past my ears, and I never cut it!!!!! Recently I went back to my normal shampoo Sauve my hair got better so a few weeks went by and I bought some Argon oil to rub in after I Shampoo it just to see what would happen. My hair went from a good wash soft condition to a dry staticy mess! I am never using that product or any new product out! I am sting to my good old suave and vo5 along with my Royal crown hair grease! That way I know what I am using Thanks again xo —-Tamika B.

      • victoria says:

        Hi Tee, thank you for your comment! That’s so tragic about your hair, I am terribly sorry to hear that your hair was ruined by a product you bought to treat yourself for growing long hair!!! But – at least you know now that you can grow it really long, and also you know what products do work for you 🙂

  54. Halle says:

    Thank you for this article! I have washed my hair 3 times with pure clean by garnier and the maroccon oil still hasn’t washed out!! I am not a product girl and asked for a conditioner for the curls that my hair has turned into. So not happy right now. My hair feels greasy and weighed down. Luckily I on did from my ear down. I’m off to Sally’s beauty supply to look for another clarifying shampoo.

  55. Deborah says:

    It was suggested that I buy Moroccan oil products and I started googling for ingredients. I was interested to read this article because I tend favour our using natural oil products like jojoba oil. I went to your list of recommended products only to find that you recommended kerastase oleo-relax, the primary ingredients of which are silicones! The same as the Moroccan oil products you so thoroughly discredit. Other kerastase oil products contain mineral oil, rather than natural oils so they are really no better.

    What gives?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Deborah, thank you for your helpful comment, you are very observant! Yes, the products I recommend do, in fact, contain silicones. However, the products I recommend contain silicones in correct proportions with other beneficial ingredients which work in harmony and do not cause buildup over time. They are rinsed off the hair when you shampoo. I have never received a complaint about the products on my recommended list, or noticed any buildup problems. Furthermore they have been used by my clientele since 2004, so if there was a buildup problem I would have noticed it. I am a strong believer in using products which promote supreme health for your hair; try any of the products in my list and you’ll see that they’re as wonderful as they claim. If you like natural oils you might really like Rene Furterer – I have restored an overprocessed perm in highlighted Asian hair (not of my doing!) with Rene Furterer’s Karite line. It’s fantastic, regardless of the ingredients.

      It would help to re-read my headline to find out what gives. My problem is with the ‘oil’ lines and most specifically Moroccan Oil. My complaint in NOT about silicones but rather the way they are being misused and misrepresented in certain beauty brands including Moroccan Oil.

      Clarifying is important regardless of what your haircare routine is. Even 100% pure oils create a buildup on the hair over time, especially with my all-natural, ‘No Poo’ clients. The only difference is that this buildup comes off pretty easily using something gentle like watered down apple cider vinegar for No Poo folks, or daily gentle shampoo for Poo folks 😉

      That being said, I encourage you to use the pure natural oils such as those sold by Saadia, if that’s what you prefer to use. They are expensive but very worth it. I wish you well in your search for beautiful hair! Many thanks again for your comment.

  56. maidenfan says:

    I’m wondering how it is that Redken is able to claim that Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine is silicone free when dimethicone is one of the primary ingredients in it.

    • victoria says:

      I am not sure, but it’s definitely an interesting claim. I bet they get away with it because ‘dimethicone’ is a different word from ‘silicone’. Similar thing, different sounding name! This happens with many products – not just hair – i.e. ‘sugar free’ but the product has fructose in it.

    • Yon says:

      All ingredients in coesmtic products are listed in decreasing order according to the INCI (international nomenclature coesmtic ingredients), which is an international standard for ingredients that are allowed for use in skincare, make-up, hair products etc. Thus, the major ingredient in the Moroccan oil is Cyclomethicone, as it is listed first. This is a silicone. Silicones generally end in -one, therefore they are easily recognized. The second ingredient, which has the next highest concentration in the product, is Dimethicone, which, of course, is also a silicone. Now, silicones are not necessarily bad for your skin or hair, they are inert, thus, they don’t do anything, that’s why you can use silicone implants. However, they are not good either (in the sense of treating hair, skin etc). For me, silicones work on my hair a couple of times, then my hair becomes a mess. But that effect is probably individual. Then comes some botanical extracts (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan oil), Parfum (Fragrance), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract) except for the perfume. Fragrances are often a mix of up to fifty different ingredients, that’s why it can be a smart idea to avoid them in skincare and hair products.Butylphenyl Methylpropional, the next ingredient, is a synthetic fragrance that is obligatory to mention with its chemical name (and not just parfum in the INCI list) as it can cause allergic reactions.Benzyl Benzoate is also a kind of fragrance that can cause allergic reactions. Here it is probably used as a preservative.Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, again an allergenic kind of fragrance (as if it wasn’t enough of that in the product already why do consumers always want perfumed stuff???)CI 26100 (Red 17), CI 47000 (Yellow 11), obviously, are both coloring agents, and are probably the villains causing yellow/brownish hair on blondes.If you want some of the Moroccan oil effect but without the silicones, fragrances and colors, you can mix argan oil and linseed oil. Both seem to be rich in linoleic acid. Or, if you think argan oil is too expensive, you could mix linseed oil with a slightly smaller amount of olive oil as both argan oil and olive oil contain oleic acid but the concentration is higher in olive oil. If you use cold pressed oils (and keep your mixture in the fridge) the oils will have a high natural content of antioxidants and vitamin E.

  57. Lynn says:

    This article is 100% true. All of the above happened to me. Gross build up, dry, unhealthy hair, natural curls that turned frizzy and limp. The worse my hair got, the more Moroccan oil I used. The worst part was that every time I would get my hair foiled, the hair would break off! The strands were so weak and damaged it would just frizzle up and break off in chunks. I actually thought this was my hairdresser’s fault and almost left her after going to her for over 25 years. I came across this article and stopped using Moroccan oil completely. I stopped having it foiled for 20 weeks and had all the damaged stuff cut off. I am now growing it back out, getting foils again, and using heat styling tools. My hair is in beautiful condition. My curls are back too. I will NEVER go back to using Moroccan oil again. If you use it, in the beginning it will feel terrific. You’ll love it. After a few years, maybe less, you’ll be sorry. Thank you for this article! I had no idea this could happen until I read it about 6 months ago.

    • victoria says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Lynn! I am sorry to hear about your experience with Moroccan Oil, but also very pleased to hear your hair has not been permanently damaged. If you are interested, you can check the Haircare section of my site for a list of products that will help your hair to regrow healthier than before 🙂

  58. Annabelle says:

    Thank you so much for this post! Super informative! I was actually on my way to buy Moroccan Oil today at the nearest hair salon. The hair dresser there actually suggested Amika Obliphica Oil Treatment instead. She said that it was a lot more naturally and wasn’t silicone based as opposed to M.Oil. After purchasing it I did some research about the ingredients and found out that the first two (Dimethicone & Cyclopentasiloxane) are silicone based! 🙁
    Do you have any suggestions of hair oils/serums/creams that are silicone free, have no harsh chemicals & would be beneficial to me hair long term? Im already using coconut oil to deep condition but I’m looking for something that i can use everyday without the greasy look and feeling.

    • victoria says:

      Hi Annabelle, thank you for your question. I mention a few oils in my article that will help. Pure Argan Nut Oil or Jojoba Oil are both great to use everyday – just make sure they’re the pure, natural stuff with no preservatives etc. Real Argan Nut Oil does not keep very long, so it’s a great product to use every day because you will use it up quickly. It’s expensive, but also it’s the real deal; it’s reputation is the one that all the fake Argan companies are taking advantage of. You can also certainly use silicones or chemical based products, just be careful how you use them. They are not necessarily bad for your hair. Please check out my Hair Care section for product recommendations. I hope that helps. Good luck!

  59. Angie says:

    I had a horrifying experience with my fine hair after religiously using Wen shampoo as well! I almost had to cut my hair off! it turned into stretchy “really stretchy” gum! My hairdresser had to use a tropical flower based expensive treatment used to penetrate and straighten black hair to save it!
    So… After that ordeal and years later I discovered and started using Moroccan oil.. Thought it was amazing! It felt so smooth and silky! I actually thought I was doing something “good” for my hair! In just the last week or so, my curling iron and flat iron ( on LOWEST setting) and for seconds only, has been “freezing” my hair into a stuff plastic! That I can’t comb through at all! I ended up having to pull apart the curl strand by strand and watch my hair break! Like super glue on steroids!
    I’m going to clarify and get this crap out of my hair tonight! And then I’m throwing out my Moroccan oil! Is it safe to do the clarifying as you describe and then possibly a mask of homemade organic coconut oil avocado and egg? Will something like this help?

    • victoria says:

      Thank you for your comment Angie, that sounds HORRIBLE and also a lot similar to other stories I have been receiving privately in response to this article. I am very sorry to hear about your hair. There is obviously a huge buildup that needs to be cleared out – please look into ordering Malibu C Crystal Gel and doing one of those once a week for 4 weeks. You can follow up with a mask made of plain avocado. The oil in that will be enough, so there’s no need to mix with egg and coconut oil.

      By the way, Wen has been causing trouble for a couple of my clients as well, damaging their hair and fading colour. Not sure why? It’s supposed to be great. I’ll have to look into it…

      I need to add that NATURAL is not always better. A lot of science goes into creating certain products, and the treatments are especially helpful as they are engineered to work. Choose older lines with a good reputation such as Redken, Kerastase and Schwarzkopf. Maybe take a look at my haircare section and see what works for your hair type. I updated it last week 🙂

  60. Ingrid greeff says:

    Sorry but I disagree. I am a very happy user of Moroccan oil.

  61. Anne-Marie says:

    Wow thanks for this article, now I understand why my hair are now so dry! They look super unhealthy and strangely they just can’t grow! I’ll stop using Morocanoil. Is Diamond oil from Redken a great product? Anyway, I’ll go with a natural product!

    • Lulu says:

      I have just ordered a small 25ml bottle of Moroccan oil from “feel unique website”.
      My hair at the back of my head has become coarse, probably menopause and under-active thyroid .

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