Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ceramides

The new craze! Many big companies are now advertising their products with a focus on the fact that they contain ceramides. We beauty board ladies have been on to them for a little while because they are so very beneficial to the hair.

I began to be interested in Ceramides when I was trying to figure out why Aubrey Organics White Camellia worked so much better for my hair than Honeysuckle Rose. I also looked at my GPB because it always makes my hair feel really soft and yet it is a protein conditioner. I found that the answer lies in the product ingredient Wheat Germ Oil. Wheat Germ Oil contains lots of Ceramides and is in both GPB and White Camellia.

Ceramides are lipid molecules aka fatty molecules. They "create a protective barrier around your hair to hold in moisture and protein while simultaneously guarding the hair from the bad things (heat damage, UV rays, chemical processes)." They help your old hair reform bonds which helps it hold moisture and protein better.

Ceramides are not protein, but they act like it. Ceramides are not cholesterol, but they use lipids to do what they do a lot like cholesterol does. Ceramides can make your hair feel smoother and softer, help to lay down the cuticle layer, and make it feel stronger.

After doing a lot of research into Wheat Germ Oil, other ceramide containing oils and reading about flowinlocks experience with ceramide oils on her blog (Faces of Perfection); I decided to add a ceramide oil to my regimen on a trial basis. I bought Wheat Germ Oil because it is working so well in my conditioners and is cheap ($6.49 at Vitamin Shoppe). I am trying it in my oil mixture for DC. I will keep the blog updated about my experience using this oil.

Other products that contain ceramides (Source: Long Hair Care Forum.com):

OILS CONTAINING CERAMIDES:
Barley Malt Oil
Eucalyptus Extract
Hemp Seed Oil
Hot 6 Oil
Kukui Oil
Sunflower Oil
Walnut Oil
Wheat Germ Oil

PRODUCTS CONTAINING CERAMIDES:

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

RELAXERS CONTAINING CERAMIDES:

Optimum Care Anti-Breakage Therapy Relaxer System

2 comments:

  1. Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose oonditioner also has wheat germ oil listed as the fourth ingredient. I also prefer the White Camelia.

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  2. I found this on wiki, talking about ceramides can make your skin cell die. Is this true? I don't want my cells to be dead using products with ceramides. "One of the most studied roles of ceramide pertains to its function as a proapoptotic molecule. Apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, is essential for the maintenance of normal cellular homeostasis and is an important physiological response to many forms of cellular stress. Ceramide accumulation has been found following treatment of cells with a number of apoptotic agents including ionizing radiation,[1][6] UV light,[7] TNF-alpha,[8] and chemotherapeutic agents. This suggests a role for ceramide in the biological responses of all these agents".

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