Although the name clearly states the word “oil”, jojoba oil is not actually a form of oil. It is a form of liquid wax extracted from a plant named Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) or simply called as Jojoba plant. It is a shrub that originally grows in the desert areas of Arizona, Mexico, and California.

pure jojoba oilJojoba oil has been commercially grown and sold only since 1970′s. One of the best selling products is jojoba oil for hair treatment, simply because its molecular structure is very similar to that found in sebum which is the natural oil produced by human scalp.

The main benefits of jojoba oil for hair treatment

When it comes to hair treatment, there are various benefits of jojoba oil. It is good to treat dry hair or even to promote hair growth. Because of its similarity to sebum, this pure liquid wax is naturally safe to apply to any type of hair and skin. Basically, it acts as moisturizer; even better, it produces a thin film on hair shaft and scalp to maintain moisturized condition.

It is known that the liquid wax contains nourishing substances such as vitamin E, A, D, and antioxidants. Thanks to its similarity to sebum, jojoba oil works in the same manner as well. It basically promotes new healthier hair and helps to strengthen the existing hair (avoid hair loss).

The molecular structure allows the liquid wax to easily penetrate skin and hair cells for better treatments. It does not counteract the natural effects of sebum, but it greatly helps to improve the overall health effects.

How to use jojoba oil on hair

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There are some easy steps to properly use jojoba oil to the hair, as listed as follows:

1. Pour a certain amount of jojoba oil (depending on the hair length) in a bowl and warm it for some seconds.

2. Dip some of your fingers into the oil and apply them to the hair.

3. Start from an inch away from the scalp and run through the fingers to the end. Although it is possible to apply the wax to the scalp, it is not actually necessary; the pores may be clogged by the wax, and it is not a healthy condition.

4. Use a plastic shower wrap to protect the oiled hair.

5. Use a warm towel to wrap the plastic around for approximately 20 minutes.

6. Wash the hair with shampoo and apply conditioner.

7. Do not use a hair dryer; let it air dry.

Actually there are other methods as well. You may simply mix some drops of jojoba oil with any regular shampoo or conditioner and use them regularly based on your preferences; it is easier and quicker.

Some suggestions say that it is not good to apply the oil directly to the scalp, but it is actually possible and safe when done properly. Some people use the liquid wax as a nighttime hair treatment by applying it to the scalp directly.

The main issue is that the substance may clog pores; to accommodate this issue, simply massage the scalp with jojoba oil for some minutes and rinse it immediately with cold water. For nighttime conditioning, it is good to use jojoba oil to the tip of the hair before bedtime.

Overall, there is almost nothing wrong with using jojoba oil for hair treatment; it can promote better or healthier new growth and moisturized condition.

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