When it comes to assisting with the recovery of dry and damaged hair over time, incorporating natural oils with ceramides into your regimen is a must. By the end of the article, you will discover you have been using some of the oils with ceramides previously, and pick up a few new ones you can add into the rotation.
So what are ceramides? Ceramides are composed of sphingosine and the fatty acid, linoleic, and occur naturally in hair and skin. They play a key role in keeping the scales on hair in place, a bit like the way cement works. Once deprived of ceramides, your hair begins to feel dry, crunchy and scaly to the touch.
5 Reasons Why Ceramides Are Important
- They keep the hair cuticles flat, helping hair to endure wear and tear over time.
- They promote hair elasticity and moisture retention.
- They combat dryness and porousity.
- They aid in strengthening hair.
- Enhanced shine and smooth hair.
Though ceramides occur naturally in the hair, mishandling through chemical treatments, excessive use of heat appliances and washing over time depletes ceramides and leads to raised cuticles. Incorporating natural oils with ceramides into your regimen will help to keep this in check and eventually prevent it. Even if your hair looks and feels great, adding some ceramides to your usual treatments can only bolster your hair health. Below is an example of a hair strand with flat cuticles vs raised cuticles. Raise cuticles feel scaly:
According to research, there are roughly 25 types of oils with ceramides in them but this article will focus on those with concentrations above 30%:
14 Top Natural Oils with Ceramides for Hair & Skin
- Safflower Oil: With a concentration of 78%, safflower oil is great for recovering the loss of ceramides after colouring. You can read more about safflower oil HERE.
- Grape Seed Oil: This oil has a concentration of 73% and is ideal for scalp massages and deep conditioning treatments. You can read more about grape seed oil HERE.
- Poppy Seed Oil: At 70% concentration, it also helps to solve dandruff issues. You can read more about poppy seed oil HERE.
- Sunflower Oil: This oil has a concentration of 68% and is a great emollient. Check out a great DIY natural shampoo with sunflower oil HERE.
- Hemp Seed Oil: This is my second favourite ceramide oil and contains up to 60% concentration. It is ideal for use internally and externally. Find out how HERE.
- Corn Oil: This oil has a concentration of 59%. Read more HERE.
- Wheat Germ Oil: This is my favourite ceramide oil. It has everything I want in a conditioning pre-poo. The concentration is only 55% but it’s worked the best so far for me. Check out more about wheat gem oil as well as my pre-poo recipe HERE.
- Cottonseed Oil: It has a concentration of 54%. However, it’s not so safe to use on hair. Read more HERE.
- Soybean Oil: This oil has 51% concentration. It is suitable for all hair types and can aid significantly in moisture retention. You can read more about soybean oil HERE.
- Walnut Oil: This oil also has 51% and aids in eliminating dandruff as well. You can read more about walnut oil HERE.
- Sesame Oil: At 45% concentration, it’s also ideal for greying hair. You can read more about sesame oil HERE.
- Rice Bran Oil: This oil has a 39% concentration and provides excellent nourishment for hair follicles. Check out a recipe for an enriching hair mask with rice bran oil HERE.
- Pistachio Oil: This oil has a 32.7% concentration. Read more HERE.
- Peanut Oil: This oil has a 32% concentration and also helps to reduce protein loss from the hair. You can read more about peanut oil HERE.
You don’t have to incorporate all of the oils above into your regimen. You can mix and match and/or try one at a time to find out which one will work best for you. Whichever ways you use it, one thing is definite – they are equipped to aid in your journey to long and healthy hair. I will cover the 3 oils I haven’t tested yet in future articles.
There are also hair products, which contain ceramides in them on the market. Read 15 Products with Ceramides That Help Achieve Moisturised & Healthy Hair – Part 1 & Part 2.
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