Nature has a solution for every concern that you may have. Stress? A walk amidst the trees, away from honking and pollution would do well, along with meditation. Bad skin? Natural ingredients plucked right from your garden can make great recipes. Bad hair? There are innumerable solutions for that too. However, there are certain natural ingredients that we can procure in natural form, only after they have been processed and packaged to a certain extent. Essential oils are one of those. And today, we are going to discuss how jojoba oil for hair is a choice that you should make.
Do you know that using jojoba oil for hair is so 70s? Yes, the ingredient has been popular for nearly five decades now, and has been instrumental in fixing many beauty issues; whether it is skin, hair, or even nails. For now, let’s stick to the coolest ingredient we have found for your hair, and let us tell you how using jojoba oil for hair can actually be the best decision you make.
Benefits of jojoba oil for hair
Firstly, let’s get this straight. Jojoba oil is not an actual oil. In fact, it is a wax ester. The texture is quite similar to the sebum that our skin produces. That is why it is also a non-comedogenic product as it does not clog the pores. It is widely used as an ingredient in many shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, etc.
The origin of jojoba oil is from the liquid wax that is derived from the bean seed of the jojoba plant, i.e. Simmondsia Chinensis, a common species found in Mexico, California and Arizona. The oil in its raw form has a pale yellow tint and does not have any smell.
It has a plethora of benefits, such as immense hydration, controlling frizz, hair growth stimulation, etc. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
1. Moisturises hair
Jojoba oil has excellent moisturising properties, which make it a great hydrating agent when it comes to hair. It is rich in oleic and behenic acids that strengthen the follicle roots and also balance the natural oils. Jojoba oil nourishes and heals dry scalp and hair and does away with the flakiness and itchiness that come along with it. Jojoba oil is also beneficial in treating dry scalp conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Given its texture and properties are quite close to skin’s natural sebum, it helps give the hair the natural nourishment it requires.
2. Controls frizz
Given jojoba oil is a great hydrating agent, it also serves as an amazing hair conditioner. It can not only manage hair well, but can tackle issues such as frizz, split ends and hair breakage. It deals with all the issues that come with a dry scalp and dry hair. This makes the hair manageable, overall and adds a healthy boost of shine to it. If you are someone who is extremely tired of frizzy hair and have no product working for you, try jojoba oil or any product with jojoba oil as the main ingredient.
3. Stimulates hair growth
Another facet where jojoba oil comes out shining like a rockstar is the way it stimulates hair growth. There are studies and researches that show how jojoba oil aids hair growth. When used with other essential hair oils like rosemary and lavender that help with hair growth, jojoba oil is nothing less than a miracle. It stimulates hair growth and density.
4. Treats heat damage
Jojoba oil is also a great way to treat any damage that the hair may have endured from other treatments or heating tools. It also forms a protective shield around the hair and protects it against heat damage. This is because jojoba oil is not as penetrative as the other oils. It thus forms a protective layer around the hair shafts. If you are regularly using curling irons or straightening tools, your hair cuticles can break. This breakage is also known as hair fracture. Jojoba oil will prevent that from happening and also acts as a restorative treatment after styling.
5. Prevents premature greying
Stress taking away your hair lustre? Jojoba oil can come to your rescue even here. External factors like pollution and internal factors like stress can lead to premature greying of the hair. Jojoba oil can protect your hair from that. Further, another reason for hair greying is the deficiency of copper. Jojoba oil is imbued with the goodness of vitamins and copper, along with antioxidants. Adding it to your hair care prevents your hair from greying.
6. Prevents dandruff
Jojoba oil has antioxidant and antiviral properties that make it an excellent agent for fighting scalp infections. These infections lead to various issues such as hair fall, hair breakage and more. Dandruff is one such infection that is extremely common and can be controlled and prevented with jojoba oil.
7. Prevents scalp infections
As mentioned, jojoba oil is antiviral in nature and is known to soothe the scalp. It prevents dryness and other conditions that scalp infections can trigger. It also nourishes hair and maintains its pH balance.
How to use jojoba oil for hair
There are a few ways in which you can use jojoba oil for your hair. You can either use it as an essential oil or even as an ingredient in your products. Here are the ways in which it can be used for your hair.
1. Apply directly
You can apply jojoba oil directly to your scalp and hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. For better absorption and effects, heat it a little. Once the 20 minutes are over, wash it off with a mild shampoo and follow up with a conditioner.
2. Add to products
You can also add jojoba oil to your daily hair products. Add jojoba essential oil to your carrier oils such as coconut oil or olive oil. You can even mix jojoba oil with other essential oils to enhance its effectiveness. Another way of using it is by adding a drop or two to your shampoo or conditioner for that extra layer of nourishment.
3. Use products with jojoba oil as an ingredient
This is the simplest way of using jojoba oil. Purchase products that contain jojoba oil as the main ingredient. Also, go for organic products as those will have the purest form of jojoba oil as an ingredient. Drugstore products may have it in a diluted form which may not exactly be as effective.
FAQs on jojoba oil for hair
Q. How often can I use jojoba oil for hair?
A. You can use jojoba essential oil once a week for best results. You can even use it twice a week. However, given essential oils are quite rich and potent, they should be used only in limited quantities and in limited frequency, or else it can react to your hair and scalp skin.
Q. Which is better: coconut oil or jojoba oil?
A. Coconut oil is one of the most popular hair care oils and has been in usage since times immemorial. It is known to protect hair from sun damage and also strengthens the hair follicles. Jojoba oil, on the other hand, is mostly an essential oil that hydrates hair and protects it. However, jojoba oil is not very penetrative in nature while coconut oil is. You can mix jojoba essential oil with coconut carrier oil and use it. But coconut oil has an edge over jojoba oil. Again, it differs from hair type to hair type and also on the person.