For anyone even slightly interested in the world of hair or skincare, you’ve most likely come across different natural oils and their varying benefits. From coconut, to Argan, and even sunflower seed oil, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what you should try on your hair or body — so today we’re discussing the benefits of jojoba oil.
Derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant grown in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, the scientifically-proven benefits of jojoba oil — from antibacterial to anti-fungal properties — mean that it has been utilized in a wide range of industries. Most important to those of us in the beauty world, jojoba oil is rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and has antioxidant properties. It is also very similar in structure to the oil we naturally produce in our sebaceous glands, meaning it has amazing abilities to penetrate and deeply nourish skin. And since hair health is directly related to skin health, you need to ensure your skin is protected and properly cared-for if you ever want to have healthy, beautiful hair.
Still not sure if jojoba oil is the right addition to your hair care routine? Here are some of the most common benefits of jojoba oil for hair.
From heat styling to sun exposure, there are many factors that can damage your hair follicle. The natural moisturizing properties of jojoba oil make it helpful to nourish the hair shaft and protect against dryness, breakage, and split ends. Try swapping in your usual conditioner for one that features jojoba oil: from a moisturizing conditioner, to a color-protecting conditioner or extra-nourishing conditioner, there are a range of Davines products that feature this amazing ingredient.
Dandruff can have several causes, the most common being overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus. When the pH balance of your scalp is off, this can encourage the growth of this scalp fungus and lead to a dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties in jojoba oil make it a smart dandruff remedy, and its moisturizing properties help deal with flaking and other issues a dry scalp can cause.
Because jojoba oil helps lock in moisture, it works well to combat frizzy hair — stopping your hair from trying to pull in water from the atmosphere . Add in a smoothing anti-frizz cream that contains jojoba oil to your daily routine to help give your hair extra protection against frizz.
When something is as rich in vitamins and minerals as jojoba oil is, that can only mean great things for your hair and skin — aka thicker, healthier hair. The way you choose to use jojoba as hair oil is also up to you: first, you can apply 3-5 drops of jojoba oil into your favorite shampoo or conditioner. For a more targeted treatment, add 1-2 tablespoons of organic jojoba oil to your hair and comb through evenly to distribute. After about 20 minutes, cleanse your hair with shampoo and follow your usual routine.
If you’ve been dealing with hair loss, you should take advantage of the cleansing properties of jojoba oil. One potential cause of hair loss is due to hair follicles blocked by excessive oil production and build-up; jojoba oil can be used to dissolve these deposits to help encourage new hair growth while avoiding dry hair.
If you’re looking to add something new into your hair and skin arsenal, turn to jojoba oil. It’s important to make sure that the oil you’re working with is high quality, which is why we recommend using products that already have jojoba oil as an ingredient. And while products like jojoba oil are great for improving your overall hair health, it’s always a good idea to meet with your Davines stylist to see what custom products and care routines they recommend.
by Lauren Hannel, staff contributor