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Coconut and jojoba oils have long histories as medicinal and beauty aids. Early populations used the oils to cure diseases, treat ailments and to keep skin and hair healthy. The oils are popular for the same reasons today. Used alone or as additives, the oils help repair hair damage caused by aging, the environment and styling processes.
Jojoba oil is an extract taken from the seeds of the jojoba tree. The extract is a wax ester, which is similar to the oil in human skin. Wax ester has antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, according to the Créme de Vie cosmetics company. Coconut oil, says the Coconut Research Center, kills bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungi. It promotes skin and hair health and is nontoxic. Coconut oil is 95 percent saturated fats and contains lauric, capric and caprylic acids.
Jojoba oil prevents the build-up of excess oil in hair. When hair is too oily, it lacks the bounce and fullness of healthy hair. Jojoba oil works by getting rid of the cholesterol and sebum that clog follicle pores. Moreover, it acts as a protective coating for the hair shaft and root, reports Créme de Vie.
Weak, unhealthy hair is associated with dryness, breakage and hair loss. Both coconut and jojoba oils contain beneficial proteins that strengthen and help repair damaged hair. The antioxidant properties of jojoba oil condition and hydrate so hair is less prone to breakage. The lauric and capric acids in coconut oil block microbial activity on the scalp and hair roots, which helps prevent hair loss. The Coconut Research Center reports vitamin E-rich coconut oil seals in moisture and prevents dryness and breakage.
The moisturizing ingredients in jojoba oil and the fatty acids in coconut oil are useful in the treatment and prevention of dandruff. To treat dandruff, the oils should be rubbed directly into the scalp. Coconut oil gets rid of lice and lice eggs as well, says the Coconut Research Center.
How to Use
Revitalize, moisturize and keep hair healthy by using one of the many jojoba and coconut products on the market. Alternatively, make your own conditioning shampoo and conditioner by adding coconut or jojoba oil directly into your existing products. With the second option, you get the benefits of coconut and jojoba without having to switch shampoos and conditioners. To create extra shine, rub jojoba oil directly into dry hair. To create a styling cream, massage coconut oil into the hair before styling.