Jojoba oil is a favorite among natural hair queens. If you watch natural hair tutorials as often as I do, you will find quite a good mention of Jojoba oil as an essential natural hair oil.
But you might be wondering;
- What is jojoba oil?
- What's its benefits on natural hair?
- Why can't other naturals seem to get enough of it?
Well today is your lucky day, I'll be explaining everything you need to know about jojoba oil down to its benefits on natural hair.
What is Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that is drawn out from the bean seeds of the jojoba plant. The jojoba plant is commonly grown in Arizona, Mexico and California. In its unrefined state, jojoba oil has a pale yellow color and comes with a slightly nutty aroma. Refined jojoba oil on the other hand, has a clear look and no odor at all.
Jojoba oil is a common ingredient added to some of your favorite natural hair products. It also serves as a good moisturizing agent in lipsticks, shampoos, face, hand, and body lotions.
Native Americans used jojoba oil to heal sores, cuts or bruises on the skin. It is considered effective for moisturizing and healing the skin. Jojoba oil contains some nutritional ingredients such as Vitamin A, D and E, and Antioxidants. This makes it a great addition to your skin or natural hair care routine.
Benefits of Jojoba Oil on Natural Hair
Treats dry natural hair
Jojoba oil contains vitamins which are overall good for both the hair and scalp. It helps to seal in moisture, condition and add shine to the hair. When you apply the oil before shampooing it acts as a protective barrier which prevents ingredients like sulfates from stripping your hair of its natural oils.
Encourages natural hair growth
The fatty acids and natural alcohol present in the jojoba plant helps to nourish the hair and stimulate hair growth. The jojoba oil has qualities which are identical to the sebum in your scalp, they do the same work of natural oils on your scalp. This ensures that your hair stays healthy and grows to its maximum length. Jojoba oil encourages hair regrowth for people with thinning hair or who are balding.
It also serves as a natural moisturizer which can be used to fill cracks on the surface of the hair cuticle and repair hair damaged by heat or styling.
Helps with scalp infections
The antioxidant properties present in jojoba oil helps to fight both bacterial and fungal infections on the scalp which otherwise might hinder hair growth and cause hair damage. Adding a few drops of jojoba oil to your conditioner could be helpful in treating dry scalp, itching scalp or dandruff.
Serves as a great moisturizing agent for natural hair
One of the many reasons why jojoba oil is such a favorite among naturals are the rich nutrients present in them. These nutrients help to moisturize and condition the hair thoroughly by penetrating the outer hair cuticle.
It is an essential during wash days, applying the oil before shampooing seals in moisture and prevents sulphate in shampoos from stripping your hair of it's natural oils. Jojoba oil could be helpful for people with thin hair which frequently gets weighed down by heavy conditioners.
For a clean and healthy scalp
Your scalp produces a natural oil known as sebum. When there's an excess amount of sebum on the scalp, it could eventually harden into wax. And when this happens, this wax can block the hair cuticles and prevent maximum hair growth. Applying a few drops of jojoba oil onto the scalp helps to loosen product buildup on the scalp and unblock the hair cuticles so healthier hair can grow out. A clean and healthy scalp often leads to the growth of healthier, thicker and longer hair.
How to use Jojoba Oil on your Natural Hair
There are various ways to add jojoba oil to your natural hair care regimen in order to aid hair growth.
Hot oil massage
Warm up a few spoons of jojoba oil in a bowl of warm water. Apply to the hair and massage it into the scalp with circular motions. Do this for about 5 minutes before shampooing your hair. To achieve optimum growth, mix a few drops of jojoba oil with coconut oil, or olive oil. Apply a few drops and massage into the scalp on a regular basis.
Add to natural hair products
Add a few drops of jojoba oil to your favorite natural hair products before use. When buying a shampoo or conditioner, look for one which has jojoba oil as one of its natural ingredients.