Mon 25 Feb 2008
Jojoba Oil as a Hair Loss Treatment
Hair loss sufferers seeking hair loss help are often attracted to the many herbal non surgical treatments that claim to work as a treatment for hair loss. Whereas there is no question that marketing is over-reaching at best in order to sell a product, the real question that any hair loss sufferer asks is: will this product help combat baldness or is there any chance that it will regrow hair? To date however, it is important to understand that there is no hair loss cure, therefore realistic expectations must be kept when considering any hair restoration product.
Below I decided to take a look at an oil that has been said to fight against hair loss when used topically. This product is an “active” ingredient in a few hair loss remedies such as HairMax MD, a topical hair loss treatment. Jojoba oil can also be bought as a stand alone product in local nutritional stores.
Jojoba oil is known to be a scalp cleanser that can help alleviate encrusted buildup (called sebum) on the scalp when applied topically. This sebum may block hair follicles from growing and impede normal hair growth. Its unique anti-oxidant properties may protect the scalp and hair from damage, ultimately, keeping them more healthy.
Though keeping the scalp clean is extremely important, in my opinion, unless a hair loss sufferer is losing hair for non-genetic related reasons such as scalp dermatitis, bad dandruff, or excessive sebum build up, this ingredient will do nothing to fight against Androgenetic Alopecia (genetic hair loss), which causes approximately 95% of all hair loss.
Excessive sebum buildup has been said to be a secondary cause of hair loss but is not the root cause of hereditary hair loss. Therefore this product may prove to be beneficial for those suffering from nongenetic forms of hair loss caused by this or dermatitus. I have not found any evidence that suggests that Jojoba oil has any benefit for those suffering from male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.
In my opinion, it would be better to stick to the hair loss drugs that have been proven: Propecia (finasteride), and Rogaine 5% (minoxodil). As an adjunct hair restoration treatment, Nizoral shampoo or Revita shampoo both containing active ingredient ketoconazole may also be helpful.
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