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Jojoba for Health Hair
Jojoba (pronounced Ho-HO-Bah) has a jolly sound, but there's nothing funny about what it does for your hair. This old Indian remedy could save your scalp! Jojoba oil, skin specialists are finding, has a remarkable ability to dissolve those waxy deposits of sebum, the natural secretions of the scalp's sebaceous glands, which sometimes resist even the most determined shampooing. Sebum, if unchecked, tends to build up and harden around the hair follicles, effectively clogging pores and preventing the normal regrowth of hair. Other signs of sebum build-up are dryness, scaliness, and dandruff. Enter Jojoba, the Mr. Clean of hair care and sebum goes down the drain. The pH balance of jojoba oil helps regulate the scalp's natural acidity, lessening the flow of fresh sebum between shampoos.
Native to the northern deserts of Mexico and the American southwest, jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) survives months in searing desert heat with no water, is able to grow in salty soils that would kill most other plants and even resists man-made pollution. In University of Ca1Iifornia smog tolerance' tests it was the last plant to die. Taking ten years to mature, this unusual plant may have a life span of 200 years or more, during which it produces eight-to-ten pounds of oil-bearing nuts annually. Desert tribe's of Indians have long been familiar with jojoba, eating the nuts (they are a good source of protein but may be toxic if eaten in huge quantities) and using the oil to heal sores and wounds to protect skin and hair from the ravages of the desert sun.
Being always somewhat skeptical about fads in beauty products, I began this article with a "Jojoba? Ho hum," frame of mind, it seemed only fair to test jojoba on myself, since my exceedingly oily, scaly, itchy scalp should provide something very close to the ultimate challenge for any hair care product. Following the directions on the bottle, I applied the jojoba oil
Now convinced that jojoba oil plus vigorous shampooing does a superb job of cleaning the scalp, I can offer no personal experience in support of jojoba's other major claim -- that of hair restorer. A number of persons have reported successful regrowth of hair after using jojoba, including a friend who sat at our dinner table a few months ago (with a full head of hair) and said, "Two years ago I was nearly bald, but I used jojoba and my hair grew back again." Somewhat ruefully he added, "But it grew back in a different color -- I wasn't blond before. "
We are all constantly losing and regrowing hair. If new replacement hair can't get through the cement like cap of dried sebum resulting in partial or total baldness, then jojoba may indeed be of assistance, since it does act powerfully to dissolve these waxy deposits. On the other hand, if baldness is the result of some other factor, such as heredity or faulty nutrition, using jojoba isn't likely to solve the problem, To date, no controlled scientific studies have been done to prove or disprove jojoba's effectiveness in relieving baldness.
While jojoba oil is expensive because supplies are limited (commercially planted fields of jojoba are not yet in production), a small bottle is all that's needed to find out what jojoba can do. Just rub a few drops into the scalp, let it soak for an hour or so and then shampoo, Repeat the process once or twice weekly.
Your scalp will probably feel exceptionally clean and your hair should be lustrous and manageable. Dry hair may especially benefit from a jojoba oil treatment, since jojoba penetrates the hair shaft and some will remain even after shampooing. If jojoba is being used for hair loss, results should be apparent in a few weeks,
Jojoba Oil (0.5 fl oz.)