The Must-Have for Your Hair Care Routine
You’re putting the jars of processed hair products aside. They smell nice and carry sexy promises of silky hair, well-nourished roots, no more split ends, and no more dry scalp. But they don’t work, and you recently learned that hidden behind those promises are harmful chemicals, entering your body on a daily basis through your scalp. It’s time to find an alternative!
Having battled dry scalp myself, I went on the same search for the right oil. I have used different oils on my hair, putting them to the test. All of the various oils out there will moisturize your hair, and give it shine. But which oil stands out above the others?
Jojoba oil. This oil comes from the seeds of jojoba evergreen shrubs, grown in the Southwestern US and Northwest Mexico. Jojoba oil is known for treating damaged hair, soothing the scalp, eliminating dandruff, and taming frizzy, unmanageable hair.
What’s special about it?
Jojoba is the most nutrient-rich plant oil. It is high in vitamin A, known for maintaining healthy cell membranes and hair fiber structure, and vitamin E, which nourishes the scalp and is necessary for hair growth. It also contains B vitamins, necessary for scalp health.
Unlike thicker oils, such as olive oil and coconut oil, jojoba is thin, non-greasy, and does not clog hair follicles. Jojoba oil is 98 percent monounsaturated fats, so it is easily absorbed into the scalp, strengthening hair follicles internally. It doesn’t upset the scalp’s pH because it is the only oil molecularly similar to sebum, the natural oil produced by the scalp.
Jojoba oil hydrates hair fibers from within the hair shaft, preventing hygral fatigue, which is the weakening of hair fibers due to swelling and shrinking as the hair gets wet and dries. This oil makes the hair more elastic, increasing softness and body. It is notorious for repairing hair damaged by heat and styling.
What’s the catch?
Outside of essential oils, jojoba oil is the priciest botanical oil. Four ounces will run you anywhere from $10-$25 depending on the brand and quality. But the upside is that with each use, not much is required, so four ounces gets you far.
Add one to two tablespoons to your shampoo to keep your hair hydrated. Regularly massaging the oil into your hair will encourage rapid growth of hair follicles by stimulating blood flow to the scalp.
The Noticeable Differences
I started using jojoba oil on my hair just over a year ago, and noticed several differences from when I used other oils, such as coconut oil and olive oil. Having thick, curly hair, I fought with dry, itchy scalp, and lack of manageability. After my first use of jojoba oil, my hair was softer, easier to comb through, and was more manageable. And the most relieving change was my scalp was no longer dry and itchy!
Types of Jojoba Oil
As with most oils, there is refined and unrefined. Unrefined jojoba oil has a golden color, is slightly more viscous, and has a gentle, earthy aroma. Refined oil is clear, odorless, and thinner. The viscosity of the unrefined product makes it stretch, so you use less of the stuff than you would the refined oil. Besides, refined oils typically have nutrients and other health benefits removed.
Brands to Check Out
Your best bet for a reasonably priced, quality jojoba oil is NOW Foods. It is expeller-pressed, organic, and hexane-free. I typically opt for cold-pressed oils anytime I can because cold-pressed varieties are processed with less heat, preserving more nutrients and natural properties. My preference is H&B Oils Center Co jojoba oil, which doesn’t cost much more than the NOW Foods brand. There’s no need to splurge when you can find high quality for a low price.