Coconut Oil vs. Argan Oil for Hair (What’s Better? What’s The Difference?)

Woman applying oil on hair in front of the bathroom mirror.

If you have been keeping up with the hair trends lately, you have probably heard all the craze about using different oils on your hair! In recent years, coconut and argan oil has dominated the natural hair care world.  However, you may be wondering what’s the difference between them and which one would be best suited for my hair?

Coconut oil is most effective as a pre-shampoo hair and scalp treatment once a week. Argan oil is best used as a styling product to provide heat protection, seal your hair, and add shine. When used correctly, both coconut and argan oil provides various benefits depending on your hair condition.  

With so many oils and new hair trends on the market today, you may be overwhelmed with choices! Worry not, because coconut and argan oil are about to ‘gleam’ and ‘shine’ as your top picks. Let’s explore the wonderful world of these oils together.

Coconut Oil vs. Argan Oil For Hair: The Difference

Coconut oil

Coconut oil with coconut shell on a wood plank table.

Are your hair and scalp craving a little extra TLC? Well, then coconut oil used is the answer for you! Your locks will love the goodness of this oil that comes from coconut meat, which contains all kinds of benefits.

It contains a saturated fat called lauric acid, which helps rebuild protein in your hair and has anti-bacterial properties. Do not get us wrong; coconut oil is not a protein but rather a protein-building agent. The anti-bacterial properties help to remove scalp issues like lice. Dry and flaky scalps will also love the fatty acids and moisturizing agents of coconut oil.

Studies have also shown that coconut oil’s scalp and hair benefits can aid your hair growth by moisturizing and protecting it.  Don’t skip out on eating it either, because the internal health benefits are great too! The smell, all the benefits, and the taste, oh coconut oil, what’s not to love?

Argan Oil

Argan oil poured over argan seeds on a stone table.

Are you looking to maintain your hair’s moisture and add an element of lustrous gleaming shine? Then argan oil will be your best friend! Argan oil is native to Morrocco, an oil extracted from the argan tree’s fruit kernels.

Oleic and linoleic acid are fatty acids found in argan oil that help to lubricate the hair shaft and prevent hair from drying out. Vitamin E is also another incredible benefit present in argan oil which helps to boost shine and smooth frizz. With all these benefits, it is no wonder it is known as ‘liquid gold.’

Argan oil is known for its lightweight properties, making it suitable for all hair types and how quickly your hair absorbs it. Antioxidants, anti-fungal properties, non-comedogenic abilities (will not clog your pores), thermal and UV protection make argan oil the perfect finish for sealing off your hair and scalp.

Coconut Oil Vs. Argan Oil For Hair: What’s Better?

A bottle of argan oil and seeds over a stone table.

With all the benefits coconut and argan oil have to offer, you may wonder which one is better for your tresses? You should consider the condition of your hair as well as the needs that it craves.  

Think of argan oil as a ‘daily fix’ for your hair’s maintenance, shine, and protection against pollution. Coconut oil provides a deeper, more intensive nourishment to the hair, so once or twice a week (depending on the condition) as a hair treatment will be perfect for your hair.

Oil(argan and coconut) that is generally best suited for your hair type:

Fine: avoid coconut oil altogether and use a drop of argan oil on your hair every 2-3 days.

Medium/thick: coconut oil used a pre-shampoo treatment once a week, and argan oil used daily to maintain hair will work best.

Course: your hair may not struggle with low protein content, so the use of coconut oil may be unnecessary as too much protein can cause brittle hair. If low protein is a concern for your hair, use coconut oil as a pre-shampoo treatment once a week. Your luscious locks and scalp will love a daily dose of argan oil!

Both coconut and argan oil is fantastic for your hair, but clearly, argan oil is the winner here as all hair types can enjoy its incredible benefits. However, you need to try them yourself and find your favorite!

Here’s how to use coconut and argan oil:

How Do I Use Coconut Oil On My Hair?

Woman applying coconut oil on her hair.

We use coconut oil as a pre-shampoo treatment because often shampoo can be harsh and drying to the hair, but then BOOM coconut oil comes along, protects your hair, and saves the day! It prevents your hair from absorbing too much water, which helps it from drying out.

  • Melt coconut oil in the microwave for thirty seconds (stir in-between).
  • Divide your hair into eight sections for a more evenly distributed application.
  • While your hair is in sections, it’s the best time to take on your tangles with a comb/detangler.
  • Apply the coconut oil and leave it for a minimum of thirty minutes or overnight (don’t ruin your pillowcases; wrap your hair in plastic!)
  • Brush in and read a book, watch a movie or have a night’s rest; let your hair absorb all the lovely benefits of coconut oil as a pre-poo.
  • Rinse out and thoroughly shampoo your hair.
  • Now that your hair has received protein, it’s time to bring the moisture in! Use a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner/mask, and a leave-in treatment/oil.

It’s time to get greased up and imagine you are on a tropical island because the beautiful aroma of coconut oil is about to enter your senses!

How Do I Use Argan Oil On My Hair?

Woman applying argan serum on her curly hair.

Argan oil is the perfect way to end your hair cleansing routine by sealing, moisturizing, nourishing, and protecting your hair. Here is the best way to use it:

  • Warm-up 1-3 drops (depending on hair thickness) of argan oil on your hands to dry hair.
  • Evenly distribute it from the ends of your hair to the mid-lengths; if your scalp needs it, sit back and relax by massaging the last layer into your roots.
  • Brush through your hair evenly, and then VOILA, just like that, your hair can soak in the beautiful benefits of argan oil.
  • Straighten, curl, add braids or leave naturally to dry the choice is yours with this versatile oil!


Natural haircare oils are all the rage today. All hair types can enjoy the benefits of argan oil, which is best used on dry cleansed hair every 2-3 days. Coconut oil is a more intensive oil that can be used on specific hair types and is best used as a pre-shampoo once a week.


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