What are ceramides?
Ceramides are a type of lipid which is a natural component of the hair cuticle. Just as a refresher on the anatomy of the hair, the cuticle is the thin outermost layer of the hair that serves to protect the hair shaft and provide strength. The cuticle is made up of a number of dead cells which overlap each other and resembles the shingles on a roof. (Source).
Ceramides are one of three types of oils found inside the cuticle of the hair. They 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). (Source)
The role of ceramides is to hold the scales of the hair cuticle together, which in healthy hair results in smooth and lustrous hair. In damaged hair, the ceramides are missing and results in dull, coarse and dry hair.
What are the benefits of Ceramides?
– Ceramides are actually most beneficial to relaxed hair. For more information on that, check out this post.
Other than that,
– The application and use of ceramides to damaged hair improves the scale of the hair cuticle and restores the natural properties of the hair .
– The application of synthetic ceramides (which is more concentrated than natural ceramides) to damaged hair produces immediate improvement in the strength and appearance of the hair.
– It reduces the friction coefficient of hair thus reducing hair damage caused by abrasion and daily weathering.
– It is also important to note that ceramides are most beneficial for hair that has been chemically treated–relaxed or colored. Natural hair benefits from products containing ceramides too; it is just that as with any conditioning, nourishing, or restructuring ingredient, the more damaged the hair, the better it works.
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