Jojoba oil may be the most compatible natural oil for hair because of its similarity to the scalp’s sebum and the ability to work for all hair types.
Jojoba oil is a common ingredient in many hair care products for a reason. Jojoba has many therapeutic properties that can protect hair health and improve damaged hair. The natural oil improves hair by both preventing moisture loss and balancing the production of the scalp’s natural oil, sebum, to a healthy level. This means that jojoba will help a scalp produce the right amount of sebum to prevent dry or oily hair.
Jojoba Oil Information
Jojoba oil comes from the seeds of the jojoba perennial shrub that originated in desert areas in northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Today the jojoba shrub is also grown in plantations all over the world.
The oil extracted from jojoba is technically a liquid wax even though it is commonly called an oil. Jojoba oil is golden in color with a light natural nutty odor that does not linger. The oil is hypoallergenic, nonirritating and noncomedogenic. It contain vitamin E and has both antibacterial and antioxidant properties. These benefits make the oil ideal for hair care.
Jojoba Oil in Hair Care
The hair care industry includes jojoba oil as an ingredient in all types of hair products. Consumers can find jojoba oil in shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, styling products and hair dyes. The inclusion of jojoba oil in these products add conditioning and moisture to a hair product.
The unique ability of jojoba to balance sebum production have made it popular in conditioning products for dry or damaged hair as well as products for scalp conditions such as dandruff or scalp psoriasis.
Jojoba oil is often included in shampoos because its sebum balancing properties can aid cleansing. The jojoba can help remove build-up from excessive sebum, environmental pollutants and styling products that may cling to dirty hair.
In conditioners, jojoba oil can also coat the hair shaft and add shine, elasticity and softness. It can also seal moisture in the hair to prevent dryness.
Natural Remedy for Dandruff (Seborrhea)
Jojoba’s ability to balance sebum levels makes it uniquely qualified as a cure for dandruff. Jojoba oil is absorbed by the hair down to the scalp and breaks up sebum buildup, which is the cause of dandruff. After treatment with jojoba oil, the hair follicles are cleansed and returned to health.
Many hair products only contain a small amount of jojoba oil. Using pure jojoba oil allows a person to obtain the full therapeutic benefits of jojoba. It is also easy to improve the conditioning abilities of current hair products by adding a drop of jojoba oil to them during application.