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 is a combination of long-chain monounsaturated liquid wax esters. This structure is nearly identical to the structure of naturally occurring sebum, which is the oil produced by sebaceous glands in humans.
This is an oil that is produced by sebaceous glands in humans. 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.
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. The majority of the jojoba seeds that are turned into oil are grown in farms overseas in countries such as Israel and Argentina.
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.
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. 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.
Jojoba oil is also one of the main ingredients in the popular Wild Growth Hair Oil.
Will Jojoba Oil Really Help With Hair Loss?
The chemical makeup of jojoba oil is so close to that of oils which naturally occur on the scalp, that it may prove beneficial in overall hair health. What do I mean?
Jojoba Can Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation is a natural autoimmune response, which is triggered when the body has been injured, becomes ill, or has been invaded (such as by bacteria, or a virus). The immune system responds by sending White Blood Cells (WBCs) to the area of origination, which then leads to inflammation and (sometimes) soreness as the WBCs do their work.
Such a response protects the body, but when inflammation is chronic it can cause problems.
In addition, there are certain conditions in which the immune system will attack the body without provocation. For example, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Alopecia Areata (AA). This can also occur as a result of DHT sensitivity, which is believed to be the main cause of hair loss in men and women with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).
When DHT (an androgen) attaches to the androgen receptors at the hair follicles, an immune response takes place. This leads to inflammation of the follicles, which leads to miniaturization and eventual hair fall.
This process can be reversed, and one way to do so in the short term is with the use of anti-inflammatory treatments. One such treatment? Jojoba oil!
In 2005, researchers from Egypt wanted to know whether Jojoba Liquid Wax (JLW) had any anti-inflammatory capabilities. Using a variety of experimental models (in rats), researchers were able to show that JLW:
- Reduced carrageenin-induced rat paw edema;
- Reduced ear edema induced by croton oil; and
- Reduced neutrophil infiltration
Perhaps the most compelling evidence was that JLW was able to reduce the levels of both Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) (a lipid associated with inflammation) and Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) (which has also been linked with inflammation).
When applied directly to the scalp, then, jojoba may be able to relieve inflammation and irritation associated with AGA and other causes of hair loss, such as fungal infections.
Jojoba Is a Proven Antibacterial
While not the most common cause of hair loss, bacterial infections can prove particularly nasty if they do take hold. Such infections that may effect the scalp include folliculitis, which is a generalized inflammation of the follicle. It can occur for various reasons, though the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common.
As folliculitis sets in, an increase in hair fall will be noticed. This occurs as the inflammation pushes the hairs from the follicle prematurely, and makes it difficult for new hairs to form or develop.
If allowed to continue, it can cause permanent damage and irreversible balding.
While you should absolutely seek out medical attention if you suspect a bacterial infection of the scalp, there are things you can do to keep them at bay once it’s been properly treated. This includes applying jojoba – a proven antibacterial – to the scalp.
But how effective is jojoba really?
A 2016 study tested the antibacterial effects of jojoba oil on four different bacterial strains:
- Escherichia coli;
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa;
- Kbebsiella pnuemoniae; and
- Staphylococcus aureus
As a positive control, Chlorhexhidine (a disinfectant commonly used prior to surgery) was added to a separate set of bacterial cultures.
These were the results:
While Chlorhexhidine proved to have a larger zone of inhibition (which was to be expected), jojoba oil also showed itself to be quite effective at inhibiting the four bacterial strains. And one of these strains, Staphylococcus aureus, is even the one most often implicated in folliculitis.
While further testing would be welcome, these preliminary results show promise for jojoba as an effective and easy-to-obtain antibacterial agent.
Is Jojoba Oil Safe?
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 much 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.
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.
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.
Not only does jojoba oil contain nutrients to make hair appear healthier and softer, but it also can make hair appear fuller. 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. 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
Add It to Your Scalp Massage
Scalp massage is a technique that uses your fingertips, or a specialized tool, to stimulate the scalp and gently stretch the skin.
This has proven benefits, though the main one is its ability to increase hair thickness.
This was proven in a 2016 study, which showed that regular massage session can increase hair thickness by inducing stretching forces. This increases blood flow to the area and softens the skin, but it also stretches the Dermal Papilla Cells (DPCs).
How to Perform Scalp Massage
With just the thumb, middle, and index fingers, place each hand on either side of your head. As you apply pressure, begin to move your hands in circular motions.
Continue in this area for 1 – 2 minutes, and then make your ways towards the crown.
Continue the circular movements on the crown for 1 – 2 minutes, and then slowly begin to move towards the hairline. Bring your fingertips first to the center, and then slowly work your way out to the temples. You can continue to go back and forth between the center of the hairline and temples for 1 – 2 minutes. Then slowly return to the sides of the scalp.
Last, bring your hands to the back of the scalp. Continue massaging for 1 – 2 minutes.
You can always go back to previous places, especially if you feel you didn’t get them thoroughly enough the first time around.
For best results, I recommend performing this for at least 10 minutes per day.
Use It As a Hot Oil Treatment
All you need is some jojoba oil, hot water, and a towel.
Add a quarter-sized amount of oil to your palm. Rub into your fingertips, and apply directly to your scalp and hair strands. Use your fingertips to work the oil into the scalp, and make sure to get from the tips to the ends of each hair strand.
Next, dip your towel (a bath towel is the best size) in hot water. Wring out the towel until it’s damp, and wrap around your hair. Leave the towel in place for at least 20 minutes, though you can even leave it in overnight if you wish.
Once you’re ready, rinse the oil from your scalp. You can then proceed to shampoo your hair, and you’re all set!
This treatment enables you to moisturize and hydrate the scalp. It will also soften the hair strands and make them less likely to break.
Apply It After Microneedling
Microneedling is a therapeutic technique that uses a specialized tool (such as a dermaroller or dermastamp) to cause induce wounding. It can be used almost anywhere on the body, though it’s most often used on the face (to reduce acne scarring and hyperpigmentation) and the scalp.
These tiny wounds experience the usual healing process which includes:
- Proliferation; and
- Maturation (or remodeling).
This process helps to produce new skin cells (which are necessary for new hair growth), and develops collagen.
But that’s not all.
Microneedling has actually been shown to induce hair growth in men suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). For example, this 2013 study of one hundred men showed that microneedling (in addition to minoxidil) worked better than minoxidil alone:
Perhaps you’re wondering:
“Won’t I need to visit a doctor or other professional to receive microneedling treatment?”
And the answer is no! There are tools you can use at home, such as the dermaroller and the dermastamp, to perform the technique yourself.
All you need to do is follow this simple, three-step process to get started:
- Cleanse the scalp. I recommend using a salicylic acid peel to remove any natural build up (such as dirt, sweat, sebum, and hair product) that occurs over time. You can perform this once every few months.
- Perform the procedure. This requires you to apply your chosen tool to the area of hair thinning and apply gentle pressure. If using a roller, roll over the area in different directions (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) four to five times. If using a stamp, just place the tool in different directions upon each pressing and repeat four to five times.
- Apply jojoba oil. To improve results, now is a good time to apply a moisturizing and hydrating oil to the scalp. And, as jojoba oil so closely mimics sebum, this is a great choice! Just apply a bit of jojoba oil to clean fingertips, and massage into the scalp. You can rinse it off (with lukewarm) water after 20 minutes, or leave it on overnight and rinse in the morning.
And that’s it – you’ve just completed your first microneedling session!
I recommend performing the above technique once per week (preferably in the evening).
A few words of caution: You may experience some discomfort during the procedure (such as tingling, or pressure). That’s normal. However, microneedling should never be painful. If you’re experiencing pain, you may need to go down a needle size or apply less pressure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.