Jojoba Oil for Hair: Benefits and Ways to Apply It
It is pretty understandable that hair is oftentimes referred to as the body’s crowning glory considering how it can alter a person’s look for the better. Regardless of the length and color, when a hair looks luscious and healthy, it can command and lure people’s attention and praise. It also helps too how it automatically boosts a person’s confidence, sometimes making both females and males alluring. However, having beautiful hair does not come naturally. While some are born lucky with having thick hair, maintaining it is always needed and at the same time tricky.
Good thing there are a plethora of hair care products available in the market that fits any type of budget. Of course, you have to shell out tons of money if you want better and lasting results. Salons to offer different kinds of treatment for various damages to restore the hair back to its shiny glory. Again this comes with a steep price tag. Plus, you always need to regularly go back for maintenance – which of course is difficult if you have other priorities or pressing matters other than ensuring that your hair is always pretty.
Hair conditioners, shampoos, protein packs, and others work wonders too, but sometimes leave residues. Natural oils too, like coconut oil, are good but have certain limits. And yes, some have so much moisture that it makes the hair look heavy and limp.
There is one oil that precisely targets what the hair needs but without the heaviness and steep price. And this is Jojoba oil.
Jojoba and Its Components
Jojoba (scientifically known as Simmondsia Chinensis) is nothing new as many hairs and skin care products contain elements of this natural oil. However, using the purest form provides better results without the added elements of harsh substances that can irritate the skin or scalp.
Jojoba or pronounced Ho-ho-ba was first known to have been commercially grown in the 1970s in Israel. Its origin, however, was thousands of miles away, in the northwestern part of Mexico and southern states of USA. Its use and value only became known in the 1940s.
While called oil, jojoba is actually a type of Ester wax, which is similar to sebum’s consistency, oils secreted by the skin. The oil is extracted from the seeds of Jojoba, a type of shrub, and from there, processed either through leeching, steam distillation or cold pressed. It is said that cold pressed is the purest, providing more nutrients as in other processing systems, some elements are lost.
Although coconut oil gives good results too in protecting and restoring damaged hair, Jojoba oil packs more punch. It has Vitamin E, Zinc, Collagen, Vitamin A, chromium, copper and vitamins B1, B2, and, B6. Aside from these, jojoba oil has antioxidants and antibacterial properties.
And again, what makes it more perfect for the hair (and skin) is its similarity in consistency with sebum, which makes it light and easily absorbed. So for those who fear using jojoba oil on their hair, using this won’t add another layer of oil and in fact, help the hair and scalp release some toxins.
Those who are averse to strong smells too will appreciate using this to nourish their crowning glory as it is odorless, which won’t make your hair smell like dessert.
What It Can Do
The nutrients mentioned above are Jojoba’s power. Further breaking them down and what they can do for the hair are just plain remarkable, to say the least. Here are just some benefits:
- It can moisturize dry hair, protect and lock in the moisture as it is a natural emollient.
- Jojoba oil acts as a natural conditioner as it can soften the hair.
- It can reduce the problem of hair loss as it penetrates deeper compared to other natural and synthetic products, thus stimulating hair growth. Sometimes growth is stunted when hair follicles become brittle and the scalp damaged.
- It helps add some volume to those who have thin hair as jojoba oil can add some texture. You get this benefit from Vitamin e which is present in Jojoba oil
- Jojoba oil helps treat dandruff as it again moisturizes. Dry scalp, as we all know leads to dandruff. There are a lot of anti-dandruff shampoos available, but some of these have harsh synthetic substances. Make sure though to just add a very little amount on the scalp.
- Aside from dandruff, it can also treat other hair scalp problems like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema as jojoba oil has natural antibacterial elements
- Those suffering from reduced sebum production due to advanced age will benefit from using Jojoba oil as it can provide much-needed moisture for the hair.
Other than these, some reports suggest that Jojoba oil aids in treating alopecia, in combination with other essential oils. While not yet fully conclusive, a test done by the University of Maryland Medical center reported that it has certain effectivity. Alopecia is hair ailment caused by a fungal infection.
Possible Adverse Effects
Since its consistency is similar to sebum, negative reactions have so far been limited or next to nil. It is even safe for expectant mothers and children, although testing it on a small patch of your skin as a precautionary measure is also good.
Jojoba oil is only for topical use. It has a substance called Erucic, which can affect the heart so taking it orally is not allowed.
Tips on Using Jojoba Oil for Hair
Using jojoba oil for hair care is actually very easy. There are however some methods that one can use for maximum results
- You can use it as a hair mask by combining other natural products like coconut oil and honey – preferably raw honey and cold pressed coconut oil.
- You can simply use it as a moisturizer by heating it slightly using a microwave. Once the oil cools down, lather it on your hair and cover it with a shower cap for 10 minutes. Shampoo and rinse after.
- For dandruff treatment, add use very little amounts on the scalp, avoid excessive use as it can also clog when too much is applied.
Before buying make sure also that its cold-pressed, unrefined and pure. There are so many brands available so always make sure to buy one that does not contain additives that can harm your hair and total well being. Hair care is important – so is health.