Don’t let the tricky pronunciation put you off (it’s ho-HO-ba by the way), you could be missing out on some serious hair benefits if you do!
Jojoba oil is extracted from the nuts that grow on shrubs, that are known as ‘Simmondsia chinensis’, which are native to America.
The resulting product is quite distinctive, as it is much more waxy than your typical oil. Hence why it’s commonly used in cosmetics and skincare – replacing the more controversial whale blubber that was used for many years.
What Goodness Does Jojoba Oil Contain?
40,000 acres of American desert isn’t being used to grow this shrub for nothing (2). The oil extracted from the nuts is a precious commodity and is highly prized among beauty aficionados, and for good reason too…
Jojoba oil is rich in iodine which helps to fight off fungus and bacteria – making it an effective treatment for a range of skin conditions, such as athlete’s foot.
Iodine also speeds along the healing process and has been used for many used to treat skin wounds. It can also be used on the scalp to fix dryness and any other conditions that might be causing itching or pain.
Vitamins E and B
These vitamins also contribute to jojoba oil’s natural ability to heal the skin. Not only that, but vitamin E is hydrating, whilst vitamin B works to retain that moisture – making them a great pair.
They also help to protect against free-radical damage, which we are experiencing every day from pollution, chemicals and other nasties. However, using jojoba oil keeps hair and skin looking healthy and youthful.
Jojoba oil packs some impressive anti-inflammatory benefits. It can help relieve any soreness and removes the temptation to itch painful inflammation flare-ups – which is a big no-no even if it feels so good!
The moisture this oil provides soothes and takes care of the scalp, which is what makes it an effective dandruff treatment.
How Can Jojoba Oil Help Hair Grow?
Okay, so it’s clear that jojoba oil holds value, but how can this benefit your hair and most importantly, how can it make it grow?
There are many hair growth treatments on the market, most of which are expensive and not effective. It’s much better to choose a 100% natural product that you can feel reassured with.
Whilst everyone’s hair has different growth rates, regular use should see you with an extra inch or two sooner than you usually would, here’s why…
Clears the Way for Hair Growth
Your hair follicles are key to hair growth. Neglect them and you won’t be getting Rapunzel-esque hair any time soon.
Just as the pores on our face can become clogged, so can our hair follicles. Sebum can block these which prevents new hair growth from emerging.
It’s completely natural and nothing to be grossed out by, but it definitely needs to be fixed.
Jojoba oil helps to dissolve this sebum build-up, opening the follicles back up again, allowing new hair to grow and flourish.
Keeps Scalp Healthy
The waxy structure of jojoba oil is very similar to the skin’s natural oils.
So much so, that using jojoba oil can almost ‘trick’ the skin into thinking it has produced enough oils and keeps everything in tip-top condition – meaning healthy hair growth is resumed.
Jojoba oil also protects the hair against damaging free-radicals. These can dry out the hair, leaving it in bad condition. The worse for wear your hair is, the slower new growth will be.
However, regular jojoba oil use protects against pollutants and encourages hair to grow and flourish.
The stronger your hair is the more hardy it is to the weather, pollutants and any other potentially damaging factors.
Keeping your crowning glory strong can contribute to maintaining healthy hair growth.
Jojoba oil is super effective at strengthening hair as it nourishes and moisturises. This battles dryness, which causes hair to become brittle and threatens to snap and break it.
The oil also gets right into the hair strands to strengthen them from the inside out.
Massaging jojoba oil into the scalp can boost the blood’s circulation to this part of the body. This means nutrient filled blood is fed to the scalp to nourish all those hair follicles.
And as we know by now, healthier follicles encourage hair growth – so get massaging!
How To Apply Jojoba Oil to the Hair
Mix With Shampoo
To ensure that your follicles are being regularly de-clogged of sebum, it’s preferable to use jojoba oil a few times a week.
If you like to keep your hair routine to a minimum, or maybe you’re just downright forgetful, adding the jojoba to your usual shampoo is a foolproof way to get those cleansing benefits.
Add 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of jojoba oil to a standard 8.5 fl oz bottle of your favourite shampoo. Give it a good shake, we’re talking at least a minute or two.
You’re now ready to use as normal and you won’t need to worry about using jojoba until you’re on your next bottle of shampoo – easy!
Overnight Leave-In Treatment
If you love your beauty sleep, then this one is for you. Mix together 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil with 1 teaspoon of rosehip oil and add a few drops of rosemary essential oil.
All three oils are full of antioxidants and work wonders for battling hair loss.
Take a little of the oil mixture at a time, working into the scalp first – getting those circulation boosting benefits – and then apply along the lengths of the hair.
Wrap hair up in a towel and leave overnight, making sure to take extra time in the morning to wash all the oil out – leaving you with strong and healthy locks.
Take a few drops of jojoba oil straight from the bottle and apply to the ends of hair to minimise the appearance of split ends. Also use it on any flyaways to keep hair looking smooth, shiny and frizz-free.
If you, or anyone you know, has a beard, you can use jojoba oil to keep facial hair looking in good shape.
Q: My hair gets greasy easily. Should I avoid jojoba oil?
A: No, please don’t! Whilst greasy hair types might be put off from using hair oils, there’s no need to worry.
The benefits of jojoba oil, such as it’s ability to clear sebum from the hair follicles, actually help to control the grease.
Jojoba oil mimics the skin’s natural oils, helping to regulate oil production. Hair will be kept healthy and moisturised, without the need to produce excess oils – so give it a go!
Q: Will jojoba oil make my eyebrows grow?
A: Whether you’re living in regret over years of over plucking, or maybe you just aren’t blessed with great big bushy brows, jojoba oil is here for you.
Just as it can encourage hair growth from the scalp, the same benefits can be seen when the oil is used on eyebrows.
Just smooth a drop or so on each brow before you go to sleep and you’ll have brows on fleek in no time!
Q: What type should I buy and where from?
A: Preferably source organic and cold-pressed oils to ensure you’re getting the maximum nutrients that haven’t been tampered with by pesticides or heat.
You can find good quality jojoba oil in both health stores or online suppliers – with 4oz coming in at around the $9 mark.