Jojoba oil – (pronounced as ho-ho-ba)- is extracted from the Jojoba plant which is scientifically known as Simmondsia chinensis. This vegetable oil, native of the Sonoran Desert of northwestern Mexico, will give your natural hair the much needed moisture, stimulate growth and leave it looking radiant and beaming with life.
Whether you are starting out on your natural hair journey, wading off those split ends, or simply looking for an oil to boost your hair growth, jojoba oil will not disappoint. The oil is packed with benefits that will restore your hair to its natural beauty.
What’s more? You do not have to miss out! Jojoba oil works perfectly well on all hair types. This article will take you through the nutritional composition of the oil, benefits on natural hair, particularly 4C hair and how to use the oil on your natural 4C hair.
Nutritional composition of jojoba oil
According to the Probotanic Website, jojoba oil is made of fatty acids as well as esters composed of straight chain alcohols. Both the acid and alcohol portions of jojoba oil have 20 or 22 carbon atoms, each containing one unsaturated bond. What this means is that it is difficult to synthesize. This feature makes jojoba oil useful for hair that requires intense moisture and protection.
Jojoba oil is a very stable oil and unlike some other oils, it remains liquid at room temperature. This is due to its unsaturated fatty acids. The oil does not oxidize and neither does it break down under high pressure or temperature. This stability makes it useful for cosmetic applications.
A study by Gas Chromatography indicates that of the 250,000 identified plant species, Jojoba is the only plant which produces significant quantities of liquid wax esters – like the natural restorative esters produced by human sebaceous glands (sebum). This makes it particularly useful as an emollient for all hair types. It contains vitamins and minerals that are efficient in maintaining the health of your hair.
What are the benefits of jojoba oil on 4C hair?
You’ve probably seen Jojoba oil as an ingredient in my hair products and wondered why it’s important on natural hair. Well, let us go through some of the interesting benefits that makes it good for your 4C hair.
1- Moisturizes the hair
Whether you have a thick mane or short hair, keeping it moisturized is key. Dry hair is fragile and prone to damage either though breaking or split ends. Dry hair is a root cause for many hair problems and hence moisturizing is one of the most important steps in your natural hair care regimen. Due to its unsaturated nature, jojoba oil keeps hair moisturized as it penetrates the depths of the hair shaft leaving your hair hydrated all through. The oil can be applied before washing the hair to prevent shampoo from stripping the hair or after washing to provide a protective coating on the hair. You can add jojoba oil to your conditioner to give you an added protection against hair dryness.
2- Maintains a healthy scalp
The moisturizing properties of jojoba oil works well in treating scalp dryness and dandruff. Vitamin E present in the oil is also good for your scalp health. With a composition that is almost similar to the human sebum, this type of oil hydrates your hair without necessarily messing up with the scalp. It cleanses the skin without leaving any residue that may clog the skin.
3- Acts as dandruff remedy
A flaky scalp is mostly caused by an irritated oily skin. Failure to get rid of that extra oil may cause skin cells to accumulate and create flakes hence the itching. The cracked skin may lead to inflammation and even bacterial infections which may lead to serious problems. When applied to the scalp, the anti-bacterial properties in Jojoba oil will protect the hair from dandruff.
Jojoba oil has strong moisturizing properties that ensure the scalp remains cleansed, leaving no chances of clogged up pores. This protects it from invasion of bacteria or viruses that may lead to inflammation.
4- Repairs damage from heat and styling
Jojoba oil is a useful remedy to hair that has been damaged by heat and styling. One of its fascinating properties is the ability to fill up the imperfections along the hair cuticle and it can seal up split ends.
5- Promotes hair growth
You’ve probably tried several oils to grow your mane. If Jojoba is not one of them, then you are missing out! Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins B, C and minerals such as silicon, copper and zinc that nourish the hair and promote healthy hair growth. Additionally, Jojoba oil is a scalp cleanser. The oil promotes hair growth by unclogging the hair follicles allowing a clear passage for hair strands to grow. Another interesting fact about this oil is that it can help hair cells regenerate at a faster rate, leading to healthy and vibrant hair.
6- May prevent hair loss
Jojoba oil prevents hair loss and stops thinning caused by clogging of hair follicles mostly due to accumulated residue. Jojoba oil has the ability to accumulate around the hair root hence conditioning it and protecting it from breakage or loss by preventing it from becoming dull and brittle. Jojoba oil has anti-bacterial properties that protect the hair from bacteria that cause hair loss due to inflammation and pushing the hairs from the follicles prematurely, inhibiting new hair formation.
What you need to know when purchasing Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil can be found at most stores selling hair care products. While the cost of the oil may be one consideration for anyone purchasing this product, there are a few other considerations that you must put in mind.
Identifying the right jojoba oil is simple. While there are many brands that sell the product, it is important to go for 100% cold pressed organic jojoba oil. This will give you the full benefits of this oil.
Ensure that the oil is stored in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Also ensure that the brand you pick has stored the oil in a dark glass bottle.
How to use Jojoba oil on natural 4C hair
Jojoba oil is good for frizzy dry and unmanageable hair. Here are a few ways you can add it to your 4C hair care regimen.
1- Use it for scalp massage
Jojoba oil can be applied directly to the scalp. To increase effectiveness, warm it to make it softer and easier to apply, using your palm, apply the oil to your scalp and gently massage. One of the proven benefits of regular scalp massages with jojoba oil is that it increases it nourishes your hair without necessarily weighing it down.
2- Add it to your shampoo and conditioner
Jojoba oil can be added to your shampoo and conditioner to add to nutritional benefits and make it easier to manipulate.
3- Used as a moisturizer
4C hair is more prone to dryness due to the structure of the strands and hence why it is key to ensure your 4C hair is moisturized all the times. As explained in the benefits section, Jojoba oil can be used a moisturizer.
Not that you know the benefits of Jojoba oil on natural 4C hair, how about giving it a try by adding it to your hair care regimen? If you, let us know in the comments below how your experience was with the oil.
To learn more about other natural oils you can use on your 4C hair, read these articles.