What Are Ceramides And What Do They Mean For Your Hair

Normal hair cuticle vs damaged

So what are ceramides and do you need them in your regimen?

Ceramides are one of 3 naturally occurring lipids aka fatty material found in the hair's cuticle. Not to be confused with Sebum which is found on the surface of the cuticle, ceramides' function in the cuticle is to act as a binder to keep the cuticle layer in place. So why are they important in hair care I hear you ask.

Well as we know the cuticle is the hair strand's defense layer which is why you hear about cold water or acv rinses to close the cuticles after a wash.

Closed cuticles give your hair that shine/sheen that practically screams 'healthy hair' hence closing the door to potential damage that may threaten the vulnerable cortex inside.


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I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Lisa Dennis Carter

I haven’t had a perm I’m 4 months but my hair is straight when I use jam and its so wavy. I love it!

Andrea Simpson-Jones

I LOVE jam, too! Especially for moisturizing when I do braided or cornrowed styles. You should also try Eco Styler Gel – the olive oil kind. It gives a smooth, non-greasy effect.

Alicia Miller

Does ne 1 no how i can keep my hair moist bcuz its so dry especially after i co wash & dry

Monica Tiffith

I use hot 6 oil myself

Andrea Simpson-Jones

Alicia Miller, first make sure you are using a sulfate-free shampoo – I like Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming shampoo, (sulfates are very drying to our hair), a moisturizing conditioner (never skip the conditioning), and periodically deep condition. It also helps to add a natural oil to your conditioner like coconut, olive oil or jojoba oil (or put the oil on your hair and scalp before you put your conditioner on). Then try using a spray, wet leave-in conditioner/detangler (like Design Essential’s HCO) followed by a cream moisturizer (I like ORS Olive Oil Incredibly Intense Moisturizing Hair Lotion) followed by some type of hair dressing (what we used to call grease) that helps to seal in the moisture. Also, I like to take a little of a good creamy conditioner and put it in a spray bottle, add water and some natural oil and spray it on my hair before I tie it up at night. If you need anymore help, advice or product reccomendations, check out my page at http://www.facebook.com/BackToBeautifulHair

Alicia Miller

Ty Andrea Simpson-Jones this was very helpful & i will b purchasing some produts & follow these steps & does ne 1 no of a good regimen 2 follow i dnt no ne thing bout this like do u follow this regimen day 2 day r wk r mth ive visited YouTube numerous times but no help i would gratefully appreciate it if some 1 can inbox me r post me a regimen 2 follow thanks so much ladies on my transitioning 2 natural sooo ruff 4 me but i no its well worth it

Alicia Miller

How do u ladies use evoo extra vigin olive oil for ur hair,do u just apply r mix it n something