Fine, thinning hair is very fragile and prone to breakage. They are just about hanging in the follicles and thus you need to provide them extra nourishment and care. Of course internal nourishment is vital, you also need top class external care to preserve and fortify your thinning locks.
Jojoba oil, in my opinion, is one of the best treatment for fine, thinning hair type. Jojoba oil, pronounced as hohoba (it’s a Spanish word ), is extracted from seeds of Jojoba plant, an arid shrub which is native to Southern California, Arizona and Mexico. Jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil – it’s an ester (this means it will be less greasy). It’s light nature, high spreadability, and dry feeling makes it ideal for moisturising in a kind of ‘oil free’ way. And this unique quality is essential to treat fine, thinning hair, which are delicate and weak.
This amazing oil is chemically very similar to the sebum (natural oils) of our skin. As a result, it sinks effortlessly into our scalp and hair follicles – but it doesn’t block the follicles. In fact it helps loosen stubborn sebum and debris which could be affecting hair health and also new hair growth. This is one reason it is said that jojoba oil allows our skin to ‘breathe’. Besides, the essential fatty acids in jojoba oil work wonders for dry scalp and itchiness caused due to hard water or harsh chemicals in shampoo.
Jojoba oil For Hair Loss
Jojoba seeds were used in folk medicine to treat sores, cuts, scratches, and various other ailments. The native Americans and Mexicans also used them as a hair restorer and conditioner. Modern research does support the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits of jojoba oil. So if the hair loss is due to inflammatory issues of the scalp, then jojoba oil can be very useful.
There is an interest in using jojoba oil for hair loss and alopecia. Because jojoba can penetrate the scalp and unclog the follicles, many people believe that it can help produce new hair.
Rosehip oil or rose seeds oil comes from the hip of the rose plant. What is the hip? It’s the berry like part that’s left behind after the flower blooms and where the seeds reside.
Like jojoba, rosehip oil also is a dry feeling or non-greasy oil. It is well absorbed by our scalp skin, helping to keep it moisturised and soft. This lovely oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids that aid in repair and renewal of damaged hair follicles and scalp tissue to promote healthy hair growth. The fatty acids also help soothe irritated scalp conditions like dandruff, increase hair elasticity while adding shine and luster. Rosehip oil also contains beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A), which works to normalise oil production and is useful for both oily and dry hair.
Rosehip Oil For Hair Loss
With some great antioxidants and free radical scavengers, rosehip oil can help battle against oxidants (free radicals) that damage your skin and hair cells. Studies show that hair follicles in particular generate a high level of free radicals – they are generated as a by-product of body’s natural metabolism as well as a product of environmental stress, second-hand smoke and pollution. So you cannot stop the production of free radicals (cause aging, hair loss), but you can surely fight it with the antioxidative power of rosehip oil.
To make this hair fortifying blend you will need the following ingredients:
Mix the oils in a bowl.
How to use: Apply the mixture a little at a time to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Massage lightly using the pads of your fingers for about 3 to 4 minutes. Be gentle, yet through. And remember to massage your scalp, not on top of your hair. Work same oil along the length of your hair. Leave for at least an hour or overnight if possible (I would say leave overnight). Wash with a natural shampoo.
Note: If you are making large amounts, store in a glass bottle in a dark, cool place.
Some extra tips to preserve your thinning hair
1. Wash your hair no more than two or three times a week. Every time you wash your hair it causes micro trauma and in long run it can become irreversible.
2. Avoid very hot water as it further dry out your hair and cause damage to your hair follicles. Use lukewarm water.
3. Finger nail rubbing: This is acupressure therapy for your hair. You got to try this to believe it.
4. Eat Flax seeds: High in omega 3 and other vital nutrients, flax seeds are literally food for your hair. Eat couple of teaspoons daily.
5. Shoulder stand: This yoga pose will increase blood to your scalp and it also has a balancing effect on your hormones. Note: Always learn yoga under supervision of certified yoga teacher.
Overnight Facial Serum: This potion is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that work on cellular level to rejuvenate your skin. It can correct dark spots, plump out fine lines, and soften your skin. Use at night-time to wake up glowing. You only need a couple of drops each time you use it.
Eye Serum: Rich in antioxidants, tannins and carotenoids, jojoba and rosehip oil can greatly reduce dark circles under the eyes. It can also help diminish crow’s-feet and wrinkles around the eye area.
Leave-in Conditioner: Light and non-greasy, this blend makes an excellent leave-in conditioner. You can add it to damp hair or even to your dry hair to make them look glossy and smooth.
Where to buy: You can usually find these oils at health food stores or you can also purchase them online. Always buy cold pressed oils as they are not altered by heat and retain maximum nutrients.
Have you tried this combination on your scalp? or like me are you already a fan of jojoba oil and rose hip oil?
Cosmetics and Toiletries November 112, 11, (1997) pp. Ethnobotanical use of plants. Part 4. American Indian Plants.
Image source: “Jojoba” by Kenneth Bosma – Seeds on a Female Jojoba Bush. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons