Benefits of Jojoba Oil For Hair Growth

  • June 17, 2015 /
Jojoba leaves, seeds and oil on a table

One of the first things people notice physically about other people is their hair. Think about how long it takes someone to notice when you got a haircut or if someone did not brush their hair.

Maintaining a healthy head of hair requires much more than just the occasional shower and shampoo. It involves many grooming tools and accessories and can be quite the burden to keep up with. There are ways to simplify the amount of work required to keep the head of hair you so enjoy.

One such way is through the use of what is called jojoba oil. Jojoba oils are used for numerous cosmetic and health related functions. It is used to improve the conditions of people’s skin, fingernails, and hair.

This article will explain in detail what jojoba oil is, how it is used for hair loss, who should be using it, and where it can be found.

What is Jojoba oil?

Technically not an oil at all, jojoba oil is a combination of long chain monounsaturated liquid wax esters. This structure is nearly identical to the structure of the naturally occurring sebum.

This is an oil that is produced by sebaceous glands in humans (6). Since it is actually a wax and not an oil, the shelf life of jojoba oil is quite long.

 

A single bottle can last years if need be. The long lasting life is due to the fact that, unlike other common oils such as coconut or grapeseed, the jojoba oil contains no triglycerides therefor does not oxidize nearly as fast (6).

Jojoba oil is taken from the seeds of a jojoba plant which originated in the southern region of the United States and in the northern region of Mexico.

The seed of a jojoba plant takes years before it grows to maturity (6). The majority of the jojoba seeds that are turned into oil are grown in farms overseas in countries such as Israel and Argentina.

Table with Jojoba oil used for hair growth

It is not typically sold in its natural, pure form as approximately 95% of seeds sold are actually being used in various healthcare products. A bright golden liquid at the start, the oil is processed to a point of it having a transparent yellow look (6).

People have been using wax esters in their cosmetic products for many years now. Long before the discovery of jojoba oils, people would use the oils from sperm whales.

These oils were similar in structure those found in jojoba (6). It was not until the 1970s that it became illegal to import whale oils into the United States because of the fact that the creatures had been hunted down to endangered numbers.

Around this same time was when jojoba oil was discovered to have many of the same properties and then some. The health benefits of the jojoba oil far exceeded those in the whale oils (6).

Jojoba oil is also one of the main ingredients in the popular Wild Growth Hair Oil.

Will Jojoba oil really help your hair loss?

People have been studying hair loss for as long as time it would seem. There are constantly new products and miracle solutions that pop up, but none are ever able to back up what they claim. Jojoba oil has been scientifically researched and proven to improve hair growth (1).

A study done by the University of Maryland on patients with alopecia showed that the use of jojoba oil does in fact generate a significant amount of hair growth.

The chemical makeup of jojoba oil is so close to that of oils which naturally occur on the scalp that it can actually lead to the generating of more hair follicles.

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The study stated that, when combined with a few other essential oils, 44% of the patients showed a marked growth in hair and improvement in overall hair quality (1).

The naturally occurring oil on the scalp, sebum, can make hair dry and brittle if there is not enough of it or it can clog pores and stop hair growth if there is too much of it. Jojoba works as a cleaning oil and keeps the scalp moisturized but also prevents the pores from clogging (1).

Is it safe to use Jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil is practically harmless to everyone. The non-toxic, non-allergenic, non-comedogenic oil does not clog your pores or trigger any allergic reactions.

It is also safe to use on delicate areas of the skin because it is not an irritant. This miracle oil will also not leave you looking and feeling like you are grease covered.

Jojoba used on hair

People’s hair can be put through many forms of mistreatment. Twirling, styling, coloring, and so many more lead to poor hair health. Over time, this treatment combined with the use of various products intended to maintain your hair can do quite a bit of damage (5).

Many people use shampoos, hairsprays, gels, conditioners, and other hair products that contain chemicals that actually do harm to your hair. They lead to dry and brittle hair that will break very easily. Jojoba oil is the perfect natural solution to this problem (5).

It contains a non-fatty oil that works wonders on dandruff, split ends, and damaged hair and hair follicles. This oil is better than any other conditioner you can find in the store.

It not only rejuvenates a person’s hair but also aids the follicle itself and leads to protection against future damage.

Unlike other conditioners and moisturizers, jojoba oil does not create an imbalance to natural oils in the scalp (5).

Not only does jojoba oil contain nutrients to make hair appear healthier and softer, but it also can make hair appear fuller (4). This oil is capable of adding volume to thinning hair.

Jojoba oil actually hydrates the hair from inside the shaft. Since it is working and hydrating from the inside out, this oil provides the user with fuller, thicker hair. This can also be great for people who have problems with hygral fatigue. This is a symptom of over moisturizing one’s hair.

Hair has the ability to swell and shrink depending on whether it is wet or dry in the same manner a sponge or rag does (5). People who over moisturize their hair are prone to hygral fatigue and this leads to weaker hair. This thicker, healthier hair provides the benefit of your scalp appearing fuller.

How to use Jojoba oil on your hair

This oil fairly simple to use and does not require a great deal of instruction. It can be purchased as an all natural oil and requires a couple of simple steps to work properly. The first thing a person does is put the amount of oil they need into a bowl.

This amount will vary based on how much hair you have and how long it is (4). Microwave this bowl of oil for a few seconds to warm it up. This will cause it to become a little more viscous and in turn be easier to apply. Next, use your hand to apply the oil directly to your hair.

Massage the oil into your scalp. Once the oil is sufficiently on, you should put on a plastic hair cap to prevent it from oozing out and presenting a problem. Let the oil set in for approximately ten to fifteen minutes before washing out. Wash it out using shampoo and then gently dry your hair (4).

Who is Jojoba oil good for?

Jojoba oil is a healthy, nutrient filled moisturizer that practically anybody can find a benefit from. It is typically recommended for men and women who have long, full hair (3). It is good for men and women who may have a small patch of thinning hair as well. It will make the hair fuller and cover up small patches of hair loss.

It is also great for people with other skin and nail conditions as well. It aids against dandruff, dry skin, and other day to day issues that people are forced to overcome (3).

Where can I find high quality Jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil can be found at practically any store that sells haircare products. Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Target, and practically any other major store chain will have jojoba oil for sale. It can also be found on many websites (2).

The readily available options of jojoba oils can be both a blessing and a curse. It is important to find a quality product that is worth the money you worked to earn. Finding the perfect bottle of jojoba oil can be very difficult to do in a store (2).

This problem is partly because of the fact that many of the chain stores carry jojoba oils that are distributed by big companies. These are typically, incorrectly packaged in clear plastic bottles.

The clear plastic does not allow the oils to stay as fresh as a darker glass container would. Antioxidants are destroyed by light waves that can easily pass through a clear container (2).

Before using the oil

There are several things a person should understand before they go out and purchase their first bottle of jojoba oil. The first and possibly most important thing a person should look for when purchasing jojoba oil is whether it is organic or not (2).

Many companies will add harmful chemicals and pesticides to their products. These can be detrimental to hair. For the jojoba oil to be most effective, you need to know exactly what is in the bottle and make sure it does not contain harmful additives.

A helpful tip is to look for the oils that have been cold packed. This means the oil is refined and organic without all of the other additions (2).

Conclusion

Toss it in a ponytail, brush it, cut it, and whatever else, but make sure to take care of your hair. Hair can be styled and tailored to fit anyone’s individual personality. Jojoba oil will ensure your hair is healthy enough to do exactly what you want with it.

You no longer will have to worry about split ends or brittle hair. Jojoba will protect the hair all the way to the follicle while also moisturizing your scalp and preventing dandruff. This miracle oil has only been around for a few decades and has already cemented its place in the world of cosmetic products.

Jojoba oil is perfect for anyone that wants to either fix or prevent damaged hair. It can be found online or in stores. With just a small amount of shopping around, you will be able to find the perfect product for your hair and your budget.

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