Jojoba Oil: Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinenis). What’s interesting about it is that it isn’t actually an oil, but rather what they call a wax ester. Why do we care? Because out of all of the compounds in nature, this wax ester is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum). It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can “trick” the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. Jojoba oil is a non greasy; moisturizing hair oil because the molecules are small enough to penetrate the hair cuticle. This oil is closest to your natural hair oil and closest to sebum produced by the sebaceous gland thus, much like the skin, it signals to the scalp to stop producing more oil. What does this mean for you? It prevents your hair and scalp from being overly greasy resulting in stringy, dirty hair. Jojoba oil also develops new hair cell growth. 

Moreover, jojoba oil is not an irritant. Unlike lanolin oil, because jojoba oil matches our own sebum, there is almost a 0% chance of jojoba oil causing break outs, itchy scalp, or aggravating existing eczema and dermatitis conditioners. 

Uses: Treats dandruff, dry scalp, has antibacterial properties, adds shine, prevents split ends, removes sebum and other oil build up. It is a favorite ingredient of mine to add to SoVAiN products due to its ability to nourish hair without causing greasy build up.

Have you tried jojoba oil? What was your experience?

Happy hair growing, chicas! Stay VAiN!

Written by SoVAiN Williams — April 14, 2012

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