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Jojoba oil, known for its moisturising and nourishing benefits, is extracted from the seeds of the Jojoba plant. It is oily and also wax-like in nature. Due to its benefits and safe usage, it started being added as an ingredient in skin and hair care cosmetics. It has properties that help to moisturise and nourish the skin and hair. Therefore, it helps soften dry hair, making it more manageable. It has been in use since the 1970s, after research revealed its many benefits in skin and hair care. The fact that it is rich in Vitamins B, C and E and in minerals like zinc and copper has made it an ingredient in hair care conditioners and in hair cleansers and even in products for dandruff prone hair. In fact, Jojoba oil itself has helped in controlling dandruff and also relieve itching of the scalp. Let's look at some of the benefits here:
Research on Jojoba Oil has revealed that it actually nourishes and conditions the hair, adding shine. In fact, it is said to provide protection for dry hair, preventing split ends and hair breakage. It has also shown to check hair loss and promote healthy hair growth, adding thickness to the hair. In fact, being a plant product, it restores the natural acid-alkaline and oil-moisture balances. The application of Jojoba oil with a light massage helps to improve the circulation of blood to the scalp and hair follicles. It also stimulates and moisturizes the hair follicles, promoting hair growth.
According to research, it is said that Jojoba oil is suitable as a micro-emulsion in hair care products. A micro-emulsion carries the active ingredients in products. Therefore, Jojoba Oil can be used with other herbal extracts that are known to help hair growth and enhance the health and beauty of the hair. Being a micro-emulsion, it can easily be used in hair conditioners and hair cleansers.
It may be used if there is dandruff with loose flakes, as is common in winter. It also benefits a dry scalp. Apply the oil with a light massage and wash the hair after an hour.
There are many ways to make Jojoba Oil a part of your hair care ritual.
Jojoba oil also has many benefits for the skin, as it helps in several skin problems, including dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, as well as oily skin conditions like blackheads and acne. In fact, it is similar to sebum, the skin's natural oil, in nature.
Allergies to Jojoba oil are quite rare. That is why it is considered safe to use and can even be used during pregnancy. However, if you have sensitive skin, it is better to do a patch test.
(This article is authored by Shahnaz Husain, a Padma Shri Award recipient and pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty movement and the head of a global network of franchise ventures and 375 formulations.)
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