Even if you are new to hair care, chances are high that you’ve come across jojoba oil.
Few hair oils are as popular as jojoba oil. It’s easy to see why; jojoba oil has a lot of benefits for hair.
One popular benefit of jojoba oil for hair is improving hair growth.
If you want to know how to use jojoba oil for hair growth, I’ve got you covered!
This post will let you in on an effective jojoba oil for hair growth recipe. You’ll also see other specific ways in which jojoba oil can benefit your hair.
But first things first, let’s give you a proper introduction to this amazing hair oil.
Jojoba oil is an extract from the seed of a plant scientifically named Simmondsia Chinensis.
Since we won’t remember that name on a norm, let’s stick to calling it the Jojoba Plant.
The jojoba plant is a shrub native to North America, although it is now commonly grown in many countries in the world.
The seed of this plant is made up of about 65% oil.
So more than half of what is contained in a jojoba seed is a liquid wax ester commonly known as ‘jojoba oil’.
Jojoba oil has a light golden color and is odorless.
It has a very unique structure, very similar to that of sebum, the oil naturally produced by your skin and scalp.
So when you apply jojoba oil to your hair, your scalp sees it as part of its natural oils.
If you think that’s amazing, you’re right. In fact, that characteristic is one of the bases for many of jojoba oil’s hair benefits.
Jojoba oil contains a wide range of fatty acids like oleic, palmitic, and stearic acid.
It also has high levels of vitamin E, a popular antioxidant. The hair oil is antifungal and antibacterial.
Because of these unique properties, jojoba oil has effective use not just in hair care but also in skincare and cosmetics.
It has been an adored oil in the skincare industry for many years.
Jojoba oil is similar to sebum and contains lots of fatty acids, and high levels of antioxidants.
But what can it specifically do for your hair?
Here are nine interesting benefits of jojoba oil for hair:
Jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizer.
It moisturizes the hair by acting as a protective layer the hair to seal in moisture.
But unlike many hair oils, jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog your scalp pores in an attempt to seal in moisture.
It still allows the hair to take in further moisture.
Dry hair tends to look dull and ‘dry’.
But when your hair has enough moisture, it gets that shiny, moisturized look.
By sealing in moisture and still giving your hair the chance to get more moisture, jojoba oil improves the look of your hair.
It helps your hair glow, and look shiny and smooth.
It also curbs annoying dry hair ends that can ruin the look of otherwise healthy hair.
With enough moisture, your hair shaft also becomes stronger.
It would be able to resist breakage from styling and manipulation.
Jojoba oil can also help improve your hair elasticity.
Sometimes, your scalp may produce too much oil than your hair needs.
This causes an oily and greasy scalp.
Apart from being generally annoying, an oily scalp can increase dandruff.
Jojoba oil can be of help here.
Remember it is similar to our hair’s natural oil?
Researchers explain that because of this when you apply jojoba oil to your scalp, your scalp sees it as part of its natural oil so it curbs itself from producing sebum further.
That way, jojoba oil helps to control your scalp’s oil production and prevents you from having overly oily hair.
Jojoba oil contains fatty acids and this ingredient coats the hair to prevent it from heat damage when applied.
This means if you apply jojoba oil to your hair before using heat-styling tools like dryers, straighteners, and curling irons, your hair will not be damaged by the heat.
Jojoba oil serves as a heat protectant.
Free radicals can damage your hair, causing it to ‘age.’
They may cause your hair to discolor or look generally lifeless.
Jojoba oil can prevent this. It contains vitamin E, a very powerful antioxidant.
Antioxidants help to fight against free radicals.
With jojoba oil, your hair is free from radical damage.
Another property of jojoba oil is at work here; its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Dandruff is mostly caused by the Fungi Malassezia so jojoba oil can help you deal with it.
If you have a flaky scalp due to dryness, jojoba oil can also help out since it moisturizes your hair.
Dandruff is just one of the annoying scalp conditions that jojoba oil can control.
Its antifungal and antibacterial properties make it effective for fighting other scalp infections like psoriasis.
Like other hair oils, jojoba oil makes your hair easier to manage.
If you’re stuck with tangled hair ends or matted hair, a little amount of jojoba oil on your hair can help you find your way out.
It softens the hair, making your hair easier to detangle and comb out.
When hair follicles become inflamed or swollen, it can lead to hair loss.
There’s a whole lot of biological reaction that goes on there but that’s the summary.
Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties that have been confirmed by research.
It can therefore fight against inflammation and prevent hair loss.
Jojoba Oil for Hair Growth Recipe
The benefits of jojoba oil mentioned above are confirmed by research.
However, jojoba oil’s ability to induce hair growth is more backed up by popular claims than it is by research.
But you can still use jojoba oil for hair growth.
Is that contradictory? No.
The key is to add jojoba oil to a hair oil scientifically confirmed to induce hair growth.
That way, you get all the helpful benefits of jojoba oil for the hair mentioned above and the hair growth benefit. Big win!
Research confirms that Peppermint essential oil is an effective hair oil for inducing hair growth.
This jojoba oil for hair growth recipe includes peppermint oil so that you can get not just healthier hair but also more hair.
Here’s how to prepare jojoba oil for hair growth:
- Two teaspoons of jojoba oil
- Three drops of peppermint oil (peppermint is an essential oil so it has to be used in small quantities)
- Two teaspoons of olive oil or your favorite carrier oil
Note: You can reduce or increase this quantity depending on the volume of your hair, just ensure it is in that ratio.
- Mix both ingredients in a container
- Ensure that your hair is neat
- Apply the oil mix to your hair and massage your scalp gently for five minutes
- Leave in your hair for about 40 minutes
- Wash off with your favorite mild shampoo
Note: Using jojoba oil for hair growth is not a one-time thing. You need to be consistent with it.
The research referred to earlier went on for four weeks before significant results were achieved. So repeat the steps above at least twice a week for about four weeks.
There are different ways you can use jojoba oil for hair, depending on the result you want to achieve.
Here are a few ways you can use jojoba oil for specific hair benefits:
- Add about three drops of jojoba oil to the amount of shampoo/conditioner you need for a one-time wash.
- Use the mixed shampoo/conditioner to wash your hair
- Apply a small quantity (enough to cover your hair) of jojoba oil to your hair and scalp.
- Leave it in for about 30 minutes
- Shampoo your hair as usual
- Apply a few drops of jojoba oil to your hair
- Massage gently for about five minutes
- Leave it in your hair
An easy way to use jojoba oil for your hair is to buy hair products that contain jojoba oil.
You can buy a jojoba oil-based shampoo, conditioner, or serum.
Keep in mind that if you have fine, light hair you should only use a small amount of jojoba oil to prevent the oil from weighing down your hair.
When shopping for jojoba oil for hair, you should keep these tips in mind:
- The best jojoba oil for hair is organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed jojoba oil.
- You can confirm that your jojoba oil is pure by checking its color. Pure jojoba oil has a light yellow to gold color.
- If you are buying a hair product that contains jojoba oil, ensure that jojoba oil is one of its main ingredients, and not just a minor supplement added. You can confirm this by checking the list of ingredients.
You can mix jojoba oil with peppermint essential oil and any carrier of your choice for increased hair growth.
Yes, you can. Jojoba oil is safe to apply to your hair and scalp.
Also, because it is non-comedogenic, it will not clog your hair pores.
Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic, so it rarely causes allergic reactions.
It is safe for almost everyone.
If you have very sensitive skin though, you should do a patch test before applying jojoba oil to your hair and scalp.
You do a patch test by applying a small amount of jojoba oil to the back of your elbow and waiting for at least one hour.
If there are no signs of reaction, then it is safe for your skin.
But if you notice redness or itching, you should not apply it to your hair.
Yes, you can use jojoba oil as a leave-in treatment overnight.
That gives it enough time to soak into your hair and provide needed benefits.
Both coconut oil and jojoba oil are excellent hair oils with enriching benefits.
But a major edge that jojoba oil has over coconut oil is that it does not clog hair pores.
Also, jojoba oil does not go rancid or lose its potency even if it has been stored for a long time.
You should apply jojoba oil to your hair twice a week for good results.
You may also choose to add it to your daily hair products.
Yes, jojoba oil has antifungal properties which makes it effective for fighting dandruff.
Because it also helps with moisturizing the hair, it can also reduce flakiness caused by dry scalp.
Jojoba oil has a similar structure to sebum, is non-comedogenic, and contains enriching ingredients for your hair.
These are unique properties.
If you want a hair oil that will provide your hair with lots of benefits with little stress, then it’s time to give jojoba oil a worthy shot in your hair care regime.
Remember, jojoba oil has not been scientifically proven to induce hair growth but it is a wonderful addition to hair growth oils like peppermint oil.
A mix of both oils is an effective jojoba oil for hair growth recipe!