This ingredient doesn't get much shine in the curly world, but it sure helps your hair do so.

ceramide oil

Almost every day, there seems to be a new miracle ingredient that promises to revolutionize haircare; powerful moisturizing, 5,5000x stronger hair, frizz-banishing, super nourishing, mega growing - the list goes on and on. Usually the new miracle ingredient is some sort of uber exotic oil that costs $40 for .5oz, and in truth, won't be any more discernibly different than your run of the mill virgin coconut oil that cost $7.

Today, we're going to take a different approach and talk about an ingredient that:

  • Is essential to healthy hair and growth

  • Is naturally occurring

  • Can be replenished fairly inexpensively

What ingredient is this? Ceramides.

What Ceramides Are and What They Do

Ceramides are one of three types of oils found inside the cuticle of the hair. For those that care, 18 MEA (methyl eicosanoic acid) and Cholesterol are the other two. Ceramides exist inside the hair cuticle to act as a cement of sorts, keeping the hair in tact. Hair cuticles are often thought of as densely packed shingles on a roof, and ceramides are the glue that keeps the shingles together (flattened, as opposed to raised).

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Christina Patrice

By day Christina is the Director of a nonprofit program at UCLA. By night, she's The Mane Objective. She's happy to have the medium to do what she loves and be who she is - a hair obsessed product junkie.

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Natural oils are a very poor sources of ceramides. That chart that is oft blindly copied and pasted is nonsense, the percetages refer to a fatty acid NOT ceramides.