Wednesday, June 8, 2011

So...what's up with Ceramides?

I don't know what I was researching and googling, but I came across ceramides. Oh, wait! I just remembered, I was looking at LHCF and saw a discussion about ceramides and I got curious. I was all into it at first, but then as I read further, it seems like ceramides benefit relaxed, color-treated and/or chemically treated hair more than natural hair. It seems liek ceramides are what assist in keeping the cuticle layer closed when damaged by chemical treatments of any kind and rough weather exposure.

Although, we want our hair to grow 'fast', or keep it as healthy as possible, we can't try everything all at one time especially when what you are currently doing works, but its still good to have some of that knowledge in the back of your head. I wouldn't recommend trying new products when you are already experiencing great results with your favorite conditioners, but one way to incorporate ceramides is with oils! I love trying new oils because most are easy to find at The Vitamin Shoppe. I always feel like if it doesn't have a noticeable change of improvement in some way, its not hurting anything to keep using until it runs out. Also another way to use an oil is to mix it with another oil, like castor or coconut. I prefer to put my oils on when my hair is wet. The only oil I put on my hair when it is fully dry is castor oil because its thickness makes my thick hair feel moisturized and shiny. :-)

Hair is divided into three most important categories: strength, moisture and elasticity.Weekly deep conditioning, regular moisture-drenching/moisturizing, and bi-monthly protein treatments (whether henna or Aphogee Two Step) take care of these three categories. From what I have read, it all sums up to the fact that ceramides work similar to protein, but do not dry hair out in the way that protein does. They help in keeping the cuticle layer closed and also binds [easier] to hair that constantly has a lifted cuticle from chemical and over-manipulated damages (i.e. relaxed hair or natural hair that is over-manipulated). I still think that if its beneficial in the slightest, there's no harm in scalp-massaging with one of the listed oils. One of the many sources I read said that it is best used as a leave-in. So, when I begin to incorporate this into my routine, I will either be trying a new, recommended leave-in conditioner or just scalp massaging with one of the oils listed below....although another source said that Grapeseed oil contains ceramides and I already have that at home.

Below is a list of products containing ceramides that I found on LHCF.....

Barley Malt Oil
Eucalyptus Extract
Hemp Seed Oil
Hot 6 Oil
Kukui Oil
Sunflower Oil
Walnut Oil
Wheat Germ Oil


Aubrey Organics Products
BPT Wheat Germ Conditioner
Claudie's Hair Revitalizer Growth Elixir
Claudie's Hair Revitalizer Ends Insurance
Crece Pelo Leave-In
Creme of Nature (Green Bottle/Old Formula)
Garnier Fructis Instant Melting Strength and Repair Masque
Hask Cerafix
Ion Moisturizing Treatment
Jane Carter's Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner
Joico K-Pak Reconstructor
Kan Kanechomn Ceramide Deep Conditioning Cream
L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Ceramide Deep Repair Concentrate
L'Oreal Serle Expert Liss Starter Ionene G + Ceramide Pre-Smoothing Treatment
Lustrasilk Cholesterol
Lustrasilk Shea Butter
Lustrasilk Mango
Matrix Biolage Cera-Repair
Matrix Biolage Fortifying conditioner
Matrix Biolage Cera-Repair Hydratherapie
Miss Key 10 en 1 Conditioner
Mizani Therma Smooth
Nexxus Aloe Rid
Nexxus Botanic Oil Shampoo
Nexxus Headdress
Nexxus Humectress
Nexxus Keraphix
Nexxus Therappe
Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Stay Strong Shampoo
Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Stay Strong Conditioner
Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Leave-in Ultimate Strengthener
Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Split End Reconstructor
Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Cream Hairdress
Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Featherlight Hairdress
ORS Hair Mayonaise (New Formula *WGO*)
Proclaim Aloe Hot Oil
Proclaim Natural 7 Oil
Proclaim Natural Olive Oil
Redken Extreme Conditioner
Redken Extreme Rescue Force
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap
Redken 07
Salerm Wheat Germ Conditioner
Satinique Products
Sedal Products
Shalmi Vadhera Coconut Alma Revitalizing Hair Treatment
Shey Butter Oil (Sally's)
Silicon Mix Proteina de Perla (Pearl Protein) Leave-In
Silicon Mix Conditioner
Silicon Mix Leave-in
Skala Ceramide 3 Conditioner (Brazilian)
Softsheen Carson Breakthru Anti-Breakage - Protecting Foam
Softsheen Carson Breakthru Anti-Breakage - Fortifying Moisturizing Shampoo
Taliah Waajid Enhancing Herbal Conditioner
TIGI Serious Conditioner
Ultra Black Hair Products


Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Relaxer System


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