Are you looking for a natural ingredient that can resolve your hair concerns and improve its health? Jojoba oil can be your go-to solution.
Packed with vitamins and minerals, jojoba oil is beneficial in combating multiple hair concerns and protecting the health of your hair. However, you must know the right way to use it to derive maximum benefits.
In this article, we tell you how to step up your daily hair care routine with jojoba oil to get the most out of it.
What Our Experts Say
“Jojoba oil is not completely an oil in nature. Rather it is an oil-like wax ester that makes it unique from other essential oils. The texture is quite similar to the sebum that our skin produces. Thus, it is a non-comedogenic product and does not clog your skin pores.”
Sonal Singh (PG, Cosmetic & Perfumery Technology), Product Development Executive, SkinKraft
What Is Jojoba Oil & What Does It Do To Your Hair?
Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the Jojoba plant also known as the Simmondsia chinensis plant. Native to North America, this perennial woody shrub grows in the desert regions of Mexico, Arizona & Southern California. The oil-like wax inside the seed is packed with minerals and vitamins and is universally helpful for maintaining hair health .
Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins B, E, and C and minerals like copper and zinc that keep your hair nourished. Owing to its oily texture, it works great as a moisturizer for the hair follicles and in turn, prevents dryness that leads to loss of hair otherwise. Besides, it can help to manage split ends, and repair breakage, among others. It's a popular ingredient in many haircare, skincare, and beauty products.
Benefits Of Using Jojoba Oil For Hair
According to our product development executive, Sonal Singh, “Jojoba oil is not completely an oil in nature. Rather it is an oil-like wax ester that makes it unique from other essential oils. The texture is quite similar to the sebum that our skin produces. Thus it is a non-comedogenic product and does not clog your skin pores.” Here is a list of hair care benefits that Jojoba oil offers:
1. Moisturises Hair
Jojoba oil has amazing moisturizing attributes that make it an excellent moisturizing element for hair. It contains behenic and oleic acids that strengthen the follicle roots of your hair and maintain the oil balance of your scalp. It has healing and nourishing components that help to treat dry hair and remove flakiness.
It can cure scalp itchiness as well. Jojoba oil also helps in treating conditions like eczema and psoriasis on the scalp. A recent dermatological review confirms that moisturizing hair and scalp is one of the key benefits of jojoba oil.
2. Promotes Hair Growth & Thickness
Rich in vitamins and minerals, jojoba oil works as a magic ingredient in promoting hair health. Vitamins B, C and E and minerals like zinc and copper nourish your hair growth and make it stronger and thicker. A study on Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs stated that Jojoba oil was tested and found extremely helpful for promoting hair growth. 
3. Repairs Damage From Heat & Styling Tools
Jojoba oil can also be used for treating hair damage caused by heating tools and chemical treatments. Applying jojoba oil to your hair creates a protective shield and fights against heat damage. This happens because unlike other oils jojoba is not permeable.
That’s how you protect your hair shaft from breaking while using curling irons or hair straighteners. Your hair cuticles can break if you use curling irons or straightening tools regularly. This breakage can be managed if you apply jojoba oil after a curling or straightening session.
4. Maintains Scalp’s Natural Balance
Jojoba oil contains antioxidant and antimicrobial  properties that help balance your scalp’s pH and restore your scalp’s natural moisture. So, it doesn't let your scalp produce more or less oil but moisturizes your hair instead without making it appear greasy.
5. Controls Dandruff
Jojoba oil can be a natural dandruff remedy. This is primarily due to its potential to revive the natural pH balance of your scalp. Jojoba regulates sebum oil production and reduces dandruff. Given the seriousness of your dandruff condition, you can use jojoba oil as a pre-shampoo treatment or as a post-shampoo leave-in scalp conditioner.
6. Non-Comedogenic And Cleansing Properties
Jojoba oil aids in the removal of excess sebum that clogs your scalp pores. It can also be used to clean the hair and scalp, removing any greasy buildup or airborne particles. It has hair-restorative properties making it popular among hair care products.
7. Stops Premature Greying
Exposure to pollution, dust and stress can lead to premature greying of the hair. Jojoba oil can safeguard your hair like a strong shield. Another major cause of grey hair is the lack of copper in your body. Thankfully, jojoba oil has an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Including it in your hair care regimen can prevent premature greying of hair.
How To Use Jojoba Oil For Hair?
1. Direct Application
Apply jojoba oil to your scalp and hair using your fingertips. We suggest slightly heating the oil before applying it to ensure better absorption. Leave the oil on your scalp for 20 minutes and then wash your hair using a mild hydrating shampoo and conditioner.
2. Mixing It With Other Products
Add jojoba oil to your daily hair care routine. You can mix jojoba essential oil with carrier oils like olive oil and coconut oil. Also, you can combine jojoba oil with other essential oils to increase its potency. Another way to use jojoba oil is to add a few drops of it to your shampoo or conditioner.
3. Apply As A Sealant
Apply a few drops of jojoba oil to your scalp and hair just before you wash your hair using a shampoo. Massage it gently with your fingertips to let your scalp absorb it properly. Also, make sure you apply it from the root to the tip. This will help create a protective shield while shampooing so that the natural moisture of your hair is sealed.
4. Use It As A Hair Mask Ingredient
Jojoba oil can be used as one of the ingredients of your hair mask. It helps to nourish a dry scalp and is a restorative hair treatment. It can be combined with rehydrating ingredients such as avocado, oatmeal, olive oil and eggs.
What To Mix With Jojoba Oil For Hair?
1. We recommend mixing a few drops or 1- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil into your hair conditioner to moisturize your hair.
2. You can combine jojoba oil with heavier carrier oils such as olive oil and coconut oil. It may help you address specific hair concerns such as dryness and heat damage.
3. You can even try mixing jojoba oil with other essential oils such as rosemary oil.
Can You Use Jojoba Oil On Hair Daily?
We suggest you apply jojoba oil once or twice a week. But since essential oils are powerful, it is better to use jojoba oil in limited quantities and with caution. Otherwise, it can cause allergic reactions to your scalp.
What Are The Alternatives To Jojoba Oil?
Oils that can be used instead of jojoba oil are:
- Avocado oil
- Black seed oil
- Babassu oil.
- Castor oil
- Camellia seed oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Borage seed oil
- Canola oil
There are various advantages to using jojoba oil for your hair. It can effectively moisturize and nourish your hair, boost hair growth and soothe dry scalp conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Jojoba oil can improve scalp health and control the production of excess sebum on your scalp. However, be mindful while frequently using this essential oil as it may lead to allergic reactions. We recommend conducting a patch test before properly using it on your scalp.
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