Every time I step into a Sally Beauty Supply store, I’m tempted to pick up a bottle of One ‘n Only Argan Oil Oil Treatment.
A while ago when I was going to get a new bottle of their awesome nail-polish remover, I finally sprung for the argan oil.
It was great timing because they were having a sale on it, so I got it for a great deal.
As you may know, I’m a regular user of the original MoroccanOil Oil treatment. But, it’s more expensive than One ‘n Only’s version.
I was very curious about how they compared because if the inexpensive one worked just as well, I would happily make the switch.
So how did it fare? Let me tell you!
One ‘n Only Argan Oil Oil Treatment Pictures
One ‘n Only Argan Oil Oil Treatment Ingredients
√ Non-greasy & doesn’t leave an oily residue
√ Absorbed instantly into the hair
√ Creates brilliant shine
√ Smoothes the cuticle for silky, conditioned & healthy-looking hair
√ Helps protect against damage caused by excessive heat from styling and environmental factors
√ Eliminiates frizz
? Helps protect against damage caused by chemicals
- Name: One ‘n Only Argan Oil Oil Treatment
- Amount: 100 mL (3.4 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $9.99 CAD [It was on sale. Normally it’s $13.79 CAD (or $12.79 CAD for Sally Beauty Supply members)]
- Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores & Sally Beauty Supply website
One ‘n Only Argan Oil Oil Treatment Review
For me, scent is a huge deal. If something smells really strong like a salon, I can’t get down with it. And if it gives me a headache or even overpowers my perfume, that’s a no-go.
I’m pleased to report that the One ‘n Only Argan Oil Oil Treatment isn’t strong, and it won’t compete with your perfume.
That being said, I wouldn’t describe the smell as being very pleasant, although it’s not repulsive, either. It’s…okay.
While I learned to love the natural, unusual scent of the original MoroccanOil Oil Treatment over time, this one smells like plastic mixed with some generic floral perfume. Okay, maybe my description makes it sound nastier than it is, but I don’t know how else to describe it. It smells more artificial than the original MoroccanOil.
When you first apply the oil to your hair, you can smell the scent pretty easily, but it’s a smell that I found didn’t really linger. At the end of an 8-hour day at work, I found that I couldn’t smell it on my hair at all. (With MoroccanOil, I could enjoy a slight fragrance lingering.)
I would say that it’s pretty similar to the original MoroccanOil’s consistency. It’s exactly what you’d expect – oily. However, it doesn’t leave your hair greasy.
It absorbed immediately into my hair, and I didn’t feel like my hair was greasy (as long as I didn’t use too much). And it smoothed away fly-aways while making the ends of each strand look healthier and not as dry. It also did a wonderful job making my hair feel soft.
How to Use It
If you apply too much, your hair will look really limp and greasy like a poor mouse doused in olive oil.
To make sure you don’t resemble an unfortunate rodent (hehe), I suggest only using no more than the size of a quarter of product if you have shoulder-length hair. That’s also if you have fine-to-normal hair. If your hair is thicker, you can afford to use more because your hair will need to absorb more for it to work. Likewise, if you have very thin or limp hair, you should probably use less.
After washing and towel-drying your hair, pour some argan oil onto the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, and then apply it onto the ends of your hair, working your way up to the crown. Then, I like to rake my hands throughout my hair to help evenly distribute it all. Follow up with your preferred method of styling. In my case, it’s blow-drying and then using a flat iron.
After I finish flat ironing my hair, I like to use a nickel size of product and go over my dry hair one more time. This really helps with frizz.
However, I’ve found that when it’s rainy and humid, my hair wins the frizz battle, and I look like a poodle. 🙁 I refuse to use hairspray or gel…or anything that’ll leave my hair crunchy. The only styling product I like using is oil, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem strong enough to fight humidity with my hair, which is naturally wavy-curly.
How Does It Compare to the Original MoroccanOil Oil Treatment?
Other than the comparisons I’ve already made, you probably want to know if it’s worth shelling out the money for the original MoroccanOil Oil Treatment, or if you can get the same results with this cheaper alternative.
I’m really happy to say that the results I experienced were identical, which shows you that sometimes you don’t always pay for the best results.
That being said, I won’t be switching over to using just one. I plan to buy both so that it’s easier on my wallet, but also so I can sometimes enjoy the lovely scent of the original version. You see, MoroccanOil has this amazing, very-different scent that really grew on me.
I know that this is going to sound weird, but I’ve gotten a lot of random compliments on how my hair smells from strangers pretty much ever since I started using MoroccanOil! And I’ve noticed that when I used the MoroccanOil, the scent made me feel relaxed, whereas the One ‘n Only version didn’t do anything for my mood (even if it made my hair manageable).
The bottle is plastic (unlike the glass MoroccanOil bottle), and when you unscrew the lid, it reveals a narrow hole – i.e. the entire mouth isn’t open like a regular bottle. This helps prevent you from accidentally pouring out too much product too quickly, I think. That’s a nice feature, but with my MoroccanOil, since I have the large bottle, it comes with a pump, which I prefer over this.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
If you want to test out argan oil without shelling out a lot of dough, I highly recommend you give this one a go. It doesn’t cost a lot, but you still get comparable results. The only major difference is the fragrance, but if you don’t even want your hair to smell like anything, that may be a moot point.
Have you given argan oil a chance? If you’ve tried this and the original, which do you prefer and why? What styling products do you use on a regular basis?