Jojoba Oil

Why do some people use jojoba oil for hair?

Jojoba oil has an oily composition, so it can be used as a moisturizer. It can also be added to hair conditioners to give you added protection against dryness, breakage, and split ends.

The oil can also moisturize the scalp and may be a dandruff remedy.

Jojoba is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair, including vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and zinc.

Because it strengthens hair, it is also thought that jojoba oil can prevent hair loss and promote hair thickness. The idea behind this is that the oil moisturizes hair follicles, which prevents dryness that leads to hair loss.

What’s the research on jojoba oil for hair?

There are many claims around jojoba oil and what it can do for your hair. Some are accurate and supported by research, while others may be a bit far-fetched.

Jojoba’s use as a moisturizer for hair and skin is its main benefit, with a recent dermatological review confirming this. Recent patents also include it as a staple ingredient in most shampoos and conditioners, arguing for its inclusion as an important microemulsion in hair care products. Microemulsions help carry the active ingredients in the product.

For this reason, jojoba oil may indeed prevent hair breakage and strengthen your locks. It could also be helpful in treating dandruff, dry scalp, and itchy scalp, and be used as an anti-inflammatory and skin moisturizer as well.

The oil’s reputation as a direct hair growth stimulant, on the other hand, is not supported by research. One recent studyTrusted Source that tested jojoba oil for hair growth found that it was less effective than minoxidil (Rogaine) and peppermint essential oil.

For this reason, jojoba oil should not be relied on as a therapy for pattern baldness (male or female), alopecia, or other hair loss disorders. Still, it can be a great product for promoting strong, silky, and shiny hair.

What should I know before using?

Is jojoba oil completely safe to use?  Though this study was completed over two decades ago, information on product safety changes little.
As such, allergy to jojoba oil is rare, and use of the oil topically (especially for hair) is deemed quite safe. Use of the oil topically for hair care is also considered safe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
All the same, be cautious. Though sensitivities to jojoba aren’t well-studied or well-known — and recent reviews of safety haven’t been renewed for over two decades—it’s wise to determine if you have sensitivity first, just to be safe.
If you use straight jojoba oil and add it to products, be sparing to begin with. Keep to the amounts you find in your hair care products. Follow doses and directions closely, and no issues should occur.

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