Oils are a very popular ingredient in cosmetic products. They are easy to use, provide an instant visual effect and contain heaps of vitamins and minerals. Each has its own properties and can benefit skin, hair and general health.
One of such oils is jojoba oil. The precious golden liquid can considerably improve the state of your scalp and hair. Read on to find out about its composition, benefits and uses.
Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of an evergreen shrub that grows in the southern part of North America. The name derives from the word ‘honowi’ (meaning: ‘seeds’, ‘beans’) in the language of a Native American tribe.
They were the first to find out about wonderful qualities of jojoba beans. The tribe made a paste from jojoba beans and used it for wound healing, appetite suppression during long hunts and other medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
After whale hunting became illegal in the 1970s in the US, jojoba replaced sperm whale oil as the main ingredient in many mass-produced cosmetics. Jojoba oil is a great base (or carrier) oil and is often used in cosmetic items to carry active elements and enhance their delivery.
Technically, this golden fluid is not an oil but a wax which is liquid at room temperature. Due to its low saturated fat content, jojoba oil has a much longer shelf life and is more resistant to high temperatures than other natural oils. Since it is a waxy substance, it creates a shield on the skin surface.
At the same time, it is also easily absorbed and well-tolerated by the skin. By the same token, it will not give you a greasy feeling like some other oils.
The reason why jojoba oil has become such a well-loved product in beauty and care is its extraordinary chemical resemblance to human sebum. Sebum is fatty lubricant substance secreted by the sebaceous glands. It protects hair and skin and keeps them moisturised.
If jojoba oil resembles sebum, how can it control sebum levels and be used on the oily scalp? The matter is, when you apply the oil, it makes your hair and skin well-moisturised. This triggers a response in your hair follicles that additional lubrication is not needed. Thus, sebum production is regulated.
Some cosmetic and natural oils, e.g. coconut, can clog pores but jojoba oil is not one of them. In fact, it can cleanse pores and hair follicles and exfoliate dead skin cells. For this reason, it is also often used as an acne treatment or for other skin and scalp problems.
Frequent washing can strip a coat of sebum off your scalp and hair. Thus, they become dry and more susceptible to damage. Jojoba oil acts as synthetic sebum and inhibits moisture loss. All hair types can benefit from it. Here is how you can use jojoba oil for hair.
This creates a thin coat that will protect your strands during washing, especially if you use a shampoo with deep-cleansing agents or other ingredients that can be harsh to the hair.
Apply it over your hair, cover with plastic film and then wrap the towel around your head. You can leave it to work for 2-3 hours or even overnight. However, we do not recommend doing overnight oil-based masks if your hair is greasy or you are prone to having scalp problems.
To tackle hair loss, mix some lemon oil and ground ginger with jojoba oil and repeat the steps mentioned above. Such mixture will facilitate blood circulation to the hair follicles, thus promoting the growth of new hair.
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These 3 oils are probably the most commonly used in cosmetics, especially in hair care. But which one is better? This will depend on what you want to achieve by using oils and what kind of hair/skin type you have. First of all, it is safe and even recommended to mix them, e.g. in a hair mask. All of them are beneficial for dry and frizzy hair.
If your hair is greasy or tends to go dirty quickly, then jojoba oil would be the best choice. For antibacterial properties and treating scalp issues, choose coconut or jojoba. To nourish damaged, coloured, and brittle strands, opt for argan or coconut oil. Eventually, all three oils can tackle various problems, so you should try them out yourself and see which one works better.
Oils are widely present in cosmetic and pharmaceutical items due to their capability to protect skin and hair, make them smoother and fight various conditions. Jojoba oil, for example, is used as a carrier oil but also for health and beauty.
It can relieve the symptoms of various scalp conditions, inhibit the growth of bacteria and protect your strands from oxidative stress and outer exposure. It also makes the hair shaft silky, smooth and glossy.
Using jojoba oil for hair can also be a good addition to your hair loss treatment. However, it does not directly promote the production of new strands. To have noticeable improvements, you will need to follow other measures too, e.g. take hair supplements and use products that aid its growth.
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