Quick rundown on ceramides. The cuticle layer inevitably suffers damage over time through manipulation, shampooing, chemical relaxers, etc. Once the cuticle layer of the hair is damage, the hair becomes susceptible to breakage. Ceramides are lipid molecules that protect hair from moisture loss and protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing the cuticle layer of hair.
Now, cermides are not proteins and shouldn't be confused as such, but the use of cermides does decrease the amount of protein needed. Since incorporating grapeseed oil into my regimen, I have not had to do a protein treatments as frequent. As my hair is chemically relaxed, I still need to strengthen my hair and rebuild the protein bonds that are lost and weakened due to the relaxer, I just haven't had to do a protein treatment as frequent due to weekly/bi-weekly HOT treatments and sealing with grapeseed oil.
I will be adding hemp seed oil, another ceramide packed oil, to my regimen to reap more benefits! I'm actually excited to see how my hair's heath further improves.
Here's a few notes on hemp seed oil:
- Hemp Seed Oil is a highly nutritious food, and contains anti-oxidants, protein, carotene, phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. It is a source of complete protein and contains all twenty know amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids. It also contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E. The green color in Hemp Seed Oil is a result of the high level of chlorophyll which is naturally present in the seeds. Perhaps the most valued property of Hemp Seed Oil is its percentage of Essential Fatty Acids, which is higher than any other plant in the world. It contains both Omega-6 and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, in a proportion of 3:1. This proportion is the recommended balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 acids, making it a simple perfect way to complete your diet. Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for our health, and are responsible for the luster in our skin, hair, eyes, transferring oxygen to the every cell in our body, and even the clarity in our thought processes. They also lubricate and clear the arteries, strengthen the immune system, and help prevent viruses and other threats to our immune system. Essential Fatty Acids are not produced by the human body. Instead, they must be obtained from food sources. [Source]
- Hemp seed oil, like Argan oil for hair, is a good source of many nutrients than can benefit the health of your hair. It is proven to be helpful for developing keratin formation. Hemp seed oil for hair helps develop stronger and healthier hair. As you age, your hair develops deficiencies in Omega-3 fatty acids. When you use hair care products infused with hemp seed oil, which has a high content of fatty acids, you can help to stave off the aging process. The 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids is exactly what your hair and your scalp need. This ratio is also the easiest absorbed by the body. [Source]
Here are a few other oils that contain ceramides:
- Barley Malt Oil
- Grapeseed Oil - grapeseed oil actually has high percentage linoleic acid that can boost the natural production of ceramides.
- Eucalyptus Extract
- Hot 6 Oil
- Kukui Nut Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Walnut Oil
- Wheat Germ Oil
- Safflower oil - safflower oil actually has high percentage linoleic acid that can boost the natural production of ceramides.
- Rice Bran Oil
- Sesame Oil - sesame oil actually has high percentage linoleic acid that can boost the natural production of ceramides.