In this installment of our series, we look at Jojoba oil. Most like the natural oils found in our skin, jojoba oil is the liquid wax produced from the seed of the simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant, native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico.
In its unrefined state, the wax is a golden liquid. Refined jojoba oil is colorless and odorless. It has a long shelf life unlike other essential oils, because it does not contain triglycerides, or an ester derived from glycerol and another three fatty acids. It is rarely sold unrefined.
Jojoba has been touted as the most natural oil because it is most like human sebum, the very oil our skin produces. It is non-toxic, non-comedogenic, and non-allergenic. This means that it won’t clog pores and won’t cause any allergic reactions. It does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin. It also contains some of the tocopherols found in Vitamin E. It protects against damage from free radicals and it is antibacterial. It can be used as a fungicide to prevent mildew. As mentioned before, bacteria on the scalp can lead to some forms of hair loss.
Jojoba can be used as a carrier oil, or an oil that can be mixed with other essential oils for more economical delivery. It can also be used by itself in moisturizing your locs and scalp because it is so much like the oils the human body produces. It also has a good price point.
Try jojoba. Whether you use it on your locs as a daily oil or as a hot oil treatment, its properties won’t disappoint.
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