Jojoba oil, which is not actually an oil but a wax ester extracted from a shrub whose scientific name is ‘Simmondsia Chinensis’, is one of the most beneficial natural oils mother nature has gifted us with. This plant grows in the Sonoran Desert of northwestern Mexico and neighbor to regions in Arizona and southern California. One of the main features it has is the similarity it has with our natural oil sebum, which is produced in our scalp.
This natural oil is known for its numerous properties which can benefit you in many ways. Not only it is good for skin moisturizing, but it also helps in treating acne, reducing dark circles and wrinkles, soothing sunburns, keeping your nails healthy, and making your hair healthy and luscious.
When talking about healthy hair, jojoba’s antifungal properties will take care of it. This oil does wonders on every type of hair, giving them a restorative boost of moisture and nutrients, sealing your split ends, combatting dandruff, boosting hair growth, and what not. All these benefits make jojoba oil a great addition for your hair care routine.
So, whether you’re looking for a smooth and shiny mane, trying to kick-start growing out your hair, wanting to combat dandruff, or seeking to seal your split ends, jojoba oil has the power to deliver these results in no time. Below you will see listed some of the most common benefits of jojoba oil for hair and some of the ways to include it in your haircare routine.
Benefits of Jojoba oil for hair
1. Moisturizes hair
Due to the 98% monounsaturated fat and 2% saturated fat composition it contains, jojoba oil makes a perfect hair moisturizer and conditioner. By applying it on your hair, jojoba nutrient oil penetrates the inside of the hair fiber and prevents hair dryness.
If you use it before washing your hair, the oil will stop shampoo from stripping your strands of their natural oils. You can also use jojoba oil after washing, while hair is still damp, to provide a protective coating to each hair shaft.
2. Treats dandruff
Having dead skin cells sit on your scalp, clogging up your hair follicles, and making you itch like there is no tomorrow is a very annoying thing many of us have to deal with. There are even people who can’t get rid of dandruff no matter what we try. But have you really tried everything? Well, believe it or not, oiling your hair is one of the best ways to tackle dandruff.
Jojoba oil is similar to the natural oil a.k.a sebum secreted by your scalp. With its antibacterial properties, it dissolves sebum and dirt clogging your follicles, and controls the growth of bacteria, reducing the likelihood of dandruff. Dermatologists, cosmetologists, and massage therapists are known to apply this natural nutrient-dense oil to people with skin problems including dandruff.
3. Repairs damaged hair from heat and styling
It turns out that the answer to damaged and dry hair isn’t a store brought product… it’s a natural ingredient, according to NaturalAll Club. This is due to the similarity of jojoba oil and sebum, which makes the scalp absorb jojoba oil right up, same as it would natural sebum. This means if your scalp is dry and your hair damaged, jojoba oil will replenish the natural oil, without leaving a greasy residue or clog your pores.
Simply explained, jojoba oil repair your damaged strands by filling in the cracks and imperfections along the hair cuticle and sealing split ends. Apply it on your hair and you will be left with a conditioned and silky finish.
4. Maintains your scalp’s natural balance
Jojoba oil’s molecular composition is nearly identical to our natural oil and it can hydrate your strands without unbalancing your scalp’s natural balance or leaving behind a greasy residue. So, even if your scalp is oily, jojoba oil fights the tendency of sebaceous glands and hair follicles to produce too much sebum. This way, the excessive sebum buildup will dissolve from the scalp, leaving your hair clean and oil-balanced.
5. Promotes hair growth
Using this liquid wax to your hair will make your scalp clean, unclog the follicles, and allow a clear passageway for strands to grow. Applying it on your scalp will also encourage blood circulation, ensuring that the hair follicles will receive sufficient nutrition for healthy hair growth.
The re-growth from damaged follicles will also make your hair thick and luscious.
How to use jojoba oil for hair?
1. Apply directly
If you want to include jojoba oil to your hair care routine, one of the ways is to apply directly. For an easier application, warm the oil up beforehand in a clean pot on a stovetop or in a microwave-safe bowl. For short hair, you will need about 1 tbsp. whereas for longer hair use 2 tbsp. After the oil is warm, apply it to your hair above the scalp and distribute it evenly to hair tips. Let it is for about 20 minutes, and then shampoo, condition, and rinse.
If you want to treat dandruff or dry scalp, apply about 1-2 drops of oil directly to your scalp.
2. Add to products
To benefit from jojoba oil’s properties, drop about 3-5 drops of it to your favorite shampoo or conditioner before use. Apply the shampoo as usual and enjoy the results.
3. Purchase products that contain it
You can also enjoy the benefits of jojoba oil by simply buying shampoo or conditioners whose ingredients include jojoba oil as well.
Since you’re here, let’s see jojoba oil’s benefits for face and skin as well: