Jojoba Oil Benefits For Natural Hair
Jojoba oil is a great multi-purpose oil. Extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, it’s technically a wax ester, not an oil. However, it’s widely known as an oil because of its consistency and the way it’s most commonly used. There are some similarities between the composition of jojoba oil and sebum, the oil that our skin naturally produces, making it an ideal oil to use for hair and skin treatments. Naturally curly/kinky hair is prone to dryness, but incorporating an oil like jojoba oil into your routine can help replenish moisture and condition the hair. Here are some ways you can use jojoba oil for natural hair.
1Jojoba Oil Benefits
Because of its similarities to sebum, many people are able to use jojoba oil without experiencing any negative side effects. It’s a lightweight oil, so it won’t weigh your hair down as long as you don’t use too much at once. Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties which can help with dandruff and other scalp issues. Jojoba oil also has great conditioning properties, making it a great remedy for dry hair. Jojoba oil is typically more expensive than other oils like coconut oil and olive oil, but its benefits make it more than worth the price. It also has a long shelf life, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad if you buy a large bottle. For the best results, try to find jojoba oil that is packaged in a dark glass bottle. As an alternative, you may also choose to transfer jojoba oil that comes in a plastic bottle into a glass bottle to extend its shelf life.
2Choosing The Best Jojoba Oil for Hair
Jojoba oil is usually easy to find; most health food stores carry it, as well as grocery stores like Trader Joe’s. You’ll likely find the best selection of jojoba oil products online. Always make sure you read the labels and customer reviews (if available). You want to ensure that you buy pure, high-quality jojoba oil that does not contain any fillers. For the best results, look for cold-pressed and/or unrefined jojoba oil. Kate Blanc Jojoba Oil and Leven Rose Jojoba Oil are both high-quality, highly-rated brands. Art Naturals is another good brand of jojoba oil. There are also many hair products that use jojoba oil as a main ingredient, like Eden Bodyworks’ Jojoba Monoi product line.
3Jojoba Oil Uses
There are many ways you can use jojoba oil: for hot oil treatments, as a sealant for your hair, added to your favorite conditioners, and as a scalp moisturizer/treatment. Jojoba oil is also commonly used on the skin as a moisturizer and cleanser. In fact, jojoba oil is one of the most popular choices for the oil-cleansing method. If you have oily skin, it may seem counterproductive to cleanse your face with oil, but you may find that this method helps keep your face moisturized and balanced. If you frequently experience oily skin, you may actually be battling dryness, which in turn causes your skin to produce excessive oil to overcompensate for the lack of moisture. Jojoba oil can remove dirt and makeup without drying out your skin. The same concept applies to your scalp.
4Hot Oil Treatment With Jojoba Oil
Hot oil treatments are a great way to soften and moisturize dry hair. There is some debate about the best time to do a hot oil treatment. Many people prefer to do it before shampooing and conditioning, to help soften the hair, make it easier to detangle and reduce the amount of moisture lost during the shampoo process. Shampooing after a hot oil treatment also ensures that any excess oil is removed. On the other hand, some people like to do a hot oil treatment on clean, damp hair so that there is no product build-up preventing the oils from penetrating the hair and scalp. Whichever method you choose, heat the oil by pouring it into a heat-safe container and placing it in a pot of hot (not boiling) water for a few minutes. You want the oil to be warm, not hot. Coat your hair with the oil from roots to ends and cover with a plastic cap for 30 minutes, then wash thoroughly.
5Jojoba Oil Pre-Poo Treatment
Jojoba oil also works great as a pre-shampoo treatment, which is similar to a hot oil treatment (minus the heat); this process is great for relaxed, transitioning, and natural hair. Pre-pooing helps soften and condition the hair which allows you to detangle before washing. Pre-pooing also helps prevent excess moisture loss while shampooing. This process is simple: lightly dampen your hair with water and apply the jojoba oil in sections, then cover with a plastic cap for about 30 minutes, then gently detangle and wash your hair as usual. If you are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, you may find that pre-pooing with jojoba oil can help reduce breakage at the line of demarcation (the point where your natural hair and relaxed hair meets), which can be particularly vulnerable. You can pre-poo with just jojoba oil or you can also add another oil and/or your favorite conditioner.
6Jojoba Oil As A Sealant
Another way to use jojoba oil is to use it as a sealant to help with moisture retention. After applying the moisturizer of your choice, smooth a small amount of jojoba oil over your hair, focusing on your ends. Sealing with an oil can form a barrier and help keep the moisture inside your strands. It’s also a good idea to add a little oil to your ends daily; because jojoba oil is so lightweight, you don’t have to worry about it building up on your hair. Your ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair and keeping them moisturized and lubricated can help prevent split ends and breakage. Jojoba oil is also a great choice for the LOC (Liquid, Oil Cream) method because it won’t weigh your hair down or make it greasy (as long as you don’t use too much).
7Jojoba Oil Conditioner
Jojoba oil is a common ingredient in shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. But you can always add a little to your favorite conditioner for even more moisture. If you prefer to make your own conditioning treatments, you can mix jojoba oil with other ingredients like honey, Aloe Vera juice, coconut milk, and other oils such as olive oil or coconut oil. Apply the conditioning mask to damp, freshly shampooed hair, cover with a plastic cap and leave it on for 15 – 30 minutes, then rinse.
8Jojoba Oil For Natural Black Hair Styling
If you regularly do styles like twist outs, braid outs, and rod sets, you can use jojoba oil to help with the takedown process. Coat your fingertips with jojoba oil before unraveling and separating your twists, braids, and/or curls. This will give you a little slip and help prevent frizz. You still want to make sure you unravel and separate your hair gently so you don’t lose any curl definition. As an alternative, you can also rub jojoba oil down the length of your twists or braids before unraveling and styling.
9Jojoba Oil For Hair Growth
Jojoba oil can also help with hair growth. In addition to using it for hot oil treatments and conditioning masks, massaging your scalp with jojoba oil can help stimulate blood flow to your hair follicles, which in turn can promote growth. For optimal results, mix the jojoba oil with a few drops of rosemary oil, which is also great for stimulating growth. Massaging your scalp with jojoba oil regularly can also help remove build-up. Keeping your scalp clean and moisturized ensures an optimal environment for growth. There is no magic product that will make your hair grow overnight, but the right combination of products and healthy hair practices will help facilitate growth and length retention.
10Jojoba Oil For Dry Scalp
In addition to scalp massages, you can also add a small amount of jojoba oil to your shampoo to help with dry scalp. For the best results, always use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo made with natural ingredients; harsh sulfates and chemicals can make dandruff and other scalp issues worse. Blending jojoba oil with an essential oil like peppermint oil or tea tree oil and applying it to your scalp after washing your hair can help with moisture retention and help keep any bacterial or fungal growth under control.
11Jojoba Oil For Natural Black Hair – To Sum It All Up
There will probably always be a debate around which oils are best for natural hair. After all, everyone’s hair is different and some people will have more success using jojoba oil than others. It will likely take some trial and error to figure out which methods work best for your hair’s needs. But unlike many other products, jojoba oil’s compatibility with human skin and hair make it a much more universally beneficial oil. That’s not to say that jojoba oil works for everyone, but with all its many uses, you’re more likely than not to find a way to incorporate it into your hair care routine and yield great results.