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Mar 9, 2009

The jojoba shrub grows in abundance in the deserts of southwestern U.S. and Mexico as well as Australia, South America and Israel. The stickly transparent yellow jojoba oil has a high flash and fire point. This oil is biodegradable and non-toxic in it's pure form. While it's uses have largely been cosmetic, efforts are underway to harness it's benefits to other areas. Today jojoba oil is an expensive component of many cosmetics and hair care products.

Jojoba oil is a natural moisturizer and conditioner for the hair since it's structure is similar to the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands in the scalp. Regular application of jojoba oil products can go a long way in tackling tangles, split ends and dry hair. A light coating of jojoba oil on the hair keeps it shiny and glossy. Jojoba oil penetrates the hair shaft to loosen and dissolve sebum build-up. Thus the scalp and hair follicles are cleansed and function normally.

I have used Jojoba oil over the course of the years to oil my scalp and to give my dreadlocks a shine. It does not weigh my dreadlocks down, and it does not have any type of smell. You can find pure jojoba oil in many natural food stores such as; Whole Foods, or Trader Joes.

Take care not to utilize petroleum products, or mineral oils in your locs. These oils are used in many types of products that claim to add shine and sheen to your hair. Although they may provide an immediate shine, it does not last, and it also holds smell in your hair.

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*Info on Jojoba oil found here

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