How to use jojoba oil for hair

If you have fine hair, you’ll probably react to the idea of ​​using jojoba oil in your hair the same way someone with acne would react to applying face oil. , with utter shock and horror. I understand. Me, also someone with limp, flat hair, I have tons of dry shampoo and texturizing spray, yes, but hair oil? Hell, no.

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But seeing as every Insta influencer and friend seems to swear by the powers of jojoba oil for hair, no matter their hair type, I realized maybe *The One* was still out there, and I just hadn’t found my perfect match yet – until I actually tried jojoba oil. If you have thin, dry hair and/or dandruff, it’s time to rethink hair oils too, because you’re going to love this one. Below, certified dermatologist Ife RodneyMD and trichologist Audrey Sivasothy explain everything there is to know about this beautiful lightweight hair oil, who should use it (you) and when to use it (now).

Does jojoba oil help frizzy hair?

Yeah! And it also helps treat your scalp. Unlike other hair or skin oils, jojoba oil is not a real oil, according to Rodney. Instead, it is a wax ester, similar in structure and function to the sebum naturally produced by our skin. It is also rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, making it ideal for reducing scalp inflammation that manifests as redness, itching or flaking. And because jojoba oil contains natural antifungal and antibacterial agents, it generally plays well with dandruff and may even help calm your flakes.

When it comes to hair straightening benefits, Rodney says jojoba oil works by forming a protective layer over each strand of hair, which helps reduce frizz, lock in moisture and leave hair soft, shiny and tangle-free.

Is jojoba oil a moisturizer or a sealant?

Uh, translation please? Here’s the deal: Some oils (like hemp and flax) tend to stay on your hair, sealing in humidity and smoothing frizz. The wrong side? They can be super heavy and potentially cause Continued dryness by preventing moisture from entering your wick. Other oils, like sweet almond, coconut, and avocado, are purely hydrating, which means they go straight into your hair cuticle but don’t really protect against water loss. Not ideal for coarse, damaged hair, but excellent for dry hair.

So what’s the deal with jojoba oil? According to Sivasothy, jojoba oil is a lightweight sealant– meaning it helps prevent moisture loss by forming a protective film along the hair shaft. But, due to its sebum properties, it also washes out cleanly with shampoo and doesn’t easily build up on your strands, which makes it a bit different from other sealant oils. “Jojoba oil, like sebum, does not penetrate the hair shaft, but it does need to penetrate to be effective,” says Sivasothy. “Jojoba works best on the outside of the hair strand as a sealer against moisture loss.”

Which hair benefits the most from jojoba oil?

Because it is considered a lighter oil, jojoba oil can be used on all hair types, although its lightweight feel makes it particularly good for those with fine or fine hair, and, says Rodney, its sebum-like qualities make it an excellent oil for curly hair. “People with curly hair tend to produce less natural oil on the scalp, resulting in frizzy hair that dries out easily,” she says.

Can you leave jojoba oil in your hair overnight?

You bet! And if you’re trying to combat dandruff or super dry hair, that’s exactly what Rodney says you should do. For a dandruff or deep conditioning treatment, Rodney recommends massaging a handful into your scalp and raking it through dry or slightly damp hair at bedtime. Then cover it with a Bathing cap before going to sleep and shampoo in the morning.

How often should you use jojoba oil in your hair?

A tip from Sivasothy: A little is enough, so those with fine hair should use jojoba oil sparingly. That said, you can integrate it into your daily routine: just massage a few drops in the scalp (notice I didn’t say hose you down) every morning as needed before doing your hair.

For those trying to avoid silicones, jojoba oil can also be used as an alternative heat protectant, as the protective coating it forms around your strands makes them more resistant to heat and chemical damage caused by the drying, diffusing or dyeing your hair. hair, Rodney said. Really, where has this oil been all my life? !

What can I mix with jojoba oil for my hair?

Rodney and Sivasothy are both fans of adding a few drops or 1-2 tablespoons of jojoba oil to hair conditioner to enhance its softening and moisturizing abilities. And depending on your specific hair concerns, like if your hair is fine, flat, but very dry and damaged, you might benefit from combining jojoba oil with a heavier penetrating oil (like coconut), said Rodney.

Do you apply jojoba oil to wet or dry hair?

Since the oil is very nourishing and rinses out fairly cleanly, Sivasothy is a big fan of using jojoba oil for hot oil treatments or as a pre-shampoo treatment. Rodney says another option is to massage several drops into the scalp immediately after washing: “When used on a damp scalp, jojoba oil absorbs more easily and hydrates the scalp for longer.” Whether you choose to use it on wet or dry hair, remember: it is an oil and should always be applied after water-based products or moisturizers to lock in all that moisture.

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Melissa R. Brumfield