Tales Of My Waist Length Hairventure!
Now that I moisturise and seal (with oil) my hair each day, I find that my hair stays softer and more manageable. More moisturised and clean. Even my new growth is more tamed…looks and feels stronger and healthier. I use oils a lot in my regimen. There is no day I don’t put castor oil and /or coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, amla oil in my hair. What’s within the oils I decided to take a look at what the oils being used in hair care regimens really contained. What was making them work; reviving broken, dull and weak hair
How to moisturise and seal hair.
I discovered articles that spoke about Ceramides months in the past. I tried to digest correctly the data I had gathered over time. What first caught my eye was this listing published by a lot of bloggers especially that was supposed to provide the percentages of ceramides found within the oils and others.
Safflower oil 78%
Grape seed oil 73%
Poppyseed oil 70%
Sunflower oil 68%
Hemp oil 60%
Corn oil 59%
Wheat germ oil 55%
Cottonseed oil 54%
Soybean oil 51%
Walnut oil 51%
Sesame oil 45%
Rice bran oil 39%
Pistachio oil 32.7%
Peanut oil 32% 
Canola oil 21%
Egg yolk 16%
Linseed oil 15%
Olive oil 10%
Palm oil 10%
Cocoa butter 3%
Macadamia oil 2%
Coconut oil 2%
In order to be tremendous certain, I decided to analysis extra into the percentages being quoted. I fortunately came throughout one forum where someone else posted that the percentages quoted weren’t of the Ceramide content material however of the percentages of Linoleic Acid (LA) found in these oils!!
After an extended search, I found the site the place the list was initially posted only to seek out out the lady was right. The article related to it presents this listing as substances mainly natural oils and their percentages of Linoleic Acid. (Supply: http://www.information-medical.web/well being/Oils-Wealthy-in-Linoleic-Acid.aspx)
The significance of oils in hair care
CROSSROADS: Ceramides, Lipids and Linoleic Acid (LA) – Which is Which and what are they
(Welcome to today’s class in Chemistry)
Linoleic acid (LA): is a polyunsaturated fatty acid used in the biosynthesis of arachidonic acid (AA) and thus some prostaglandins. It is found in the lipids of cell membranes. It’s ample in lots of vegetable oils, comprising over half (by weight) of poppy seed, safflower, sunflower, and corn oils.
Ceramides: They’re naturally occurring lipids (or fatty materials) discovered within the hair fiber or naturally in the pores and skin. A ceramide is a lipid molecule, which are naturally occurring molecules corresponding to sterols and fats. Lipid’s have one in all three capabilities — they make up a part of the structure of a cell’s membrane, storing power or signaling actions in cells. Ceramide is a structural and signaling molecule. It is made up of a fatty acid called sphingosine and is positioned within the membrane of cells, in nice concentrations. These cells might be found on the floor layer of your skin. The ceramide lipids restrict the loss of water out of your pores and skin and acts as a barrier towards dangerous substances penetrating your skin. (Source: Yahoo answers)
Extra on Ceramides: They are rarely found as such at higher than trace ranges in tissues, lower than 10% of the glucosylceramide content material in plants for instance, although they will exert necessary biological results. Ceramides are formed as the important thing intermediates in the biosynthesis of all of the advanced sphingolipids, by which the terminal primary hydroxyl group is linked to carbohydrate, phosphate, and many others. Unlike the sphingoid precursors, they don’t seem to be soluble in water and are situated in membranes the place they participate in raft formation. (Supply: http://lipidlibrary.aocs.org)
Lipids : They’re molecules that contain hydrocarbons and make up the building blocks of the construction and perform of dwelling cells. Examples of lipids embody fats, oils, waxes, certain vitamins, hormones and many of the non-protein membrane of cells. They can be extracted from plants and animals using nonpolar solvents equivalent to ether, chloroform and acetone.
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Significance of Ceramides in Hair Care:
Ceramides are moisture capturing lipids which are very beneficial to chemically treated hair and hair that undergoes loads of manipulation. Many hair products especially conditioners comprise synthetic or lab-created ceramides to assist change the ceramides naturally misplaced from the hair throughout regular washing, styling, and chemical treating. These assist to carry the hair cuticle together leading to smooth and lustrous hair. They help to quickly enhance the looks of damaged hair by strengthening the cuticles which result in less breakage and break up ends.
Good hair versus bad hair
MY CONCLUSION: Bottom line is, hair extensions that can be dyed although ceramides are imagined to happen naturally on our skin (and scalp), most of us lose loads of this molecule made up of fatty acid via the therapies we give to our scalp. Overuse of chemicals and heat, dirt build-up and improper scalp care. This important substance is depleted leaving our hair dry, dull, weak and unhealthy.
All those oils and substances listed are nice for our hair because they’re Lipids, and subsequently include Linoleic Acid and wherever you find Linoleic Acid, you typically find Ceramides. This presupposes then that the extra Linoleic Acid found within the substance, the more Ceramide content material it’s possible you’ll discover (assumption) which makes it a better choice for moisture retention and cuticle smoothing.
Reach out for those oils and take a look at them out in your hair. They are positive to help increase the production of ceramides naturally. Remember nonetheless, that ceramides cannot replace the function of protein in your regimen. As all the time, protein-moisture steadiness is essential!!
Drop a comment if you are using oils in your regimen and share your experiences with us. Don’t hesitate to seize some oil if you are new to the concept and share your experiences after per week or two. I’m certain to seize a bottle of Sunflower oil the following time I’m going to the market as that one is sort of widespread, but holla at me if you find grape seed oil anywhere!!