How to Use Jojoba Oil in Hair

Jojoba oil comes from the jojoba plant, Simmondsia chinensis, which grows in the western United States. You can use this oil as a moisturizer for dry or damaged hair. Although it's called an oil by the beauty industry, jojoba is a wax ester full of fatty acids. According to, jojoba oil is organically close to human skin oil. Once processed, jojoba is lightweight and noncomedogenic, making it a popular choice for cosmetics and moisturizing products.

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Step 1

Pour a small amount of oil in a microwave safe bowl. The amount dependd on length of your hair -- use more for longer hair. It does not take much to saturate hair.

Step 2

Heat for a few seconds until the oil is warm to the touch.

Step 3

Dip your fingers into the warm oil and apply it to your hair. Begin applying the oil 1 inch away from your scalp. Do not apply oil directly to the scalp, because it may clog pores.

Step 4

Run your fingers through your hair to the tips to move the oil and saturate the shafts.

Step 5

Place a plastic shower cap on your oiled hair. As an alternative, wrap your head with plastic wrap.

Step 6

Warm a towel in the clothes dryer. Wrap the warm towel around the plastic. Leave it on for 20 minutes; then wash your hair with shampoo and apply conditioner. Let your hair air dry, and then style normally.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl

  • Microwave

  • Plastic shower cap or plastic wrap

  • Clothes dryer

  • Towel

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner


Use jojoba oil daily by applying a small amount of oil to your fingers and running them through your dry hair.

Add 10 to 12 drops jojoba oil to your conditioner bottle to enhance shine.

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