Hemp Seed OIl & Benefits of Ceramides

I purchased a bottle of Nutiva Hemp Seed Oil this week to add to my oil stash. If you’re a member of LHCF, you have undoubtedly seen the ceramide challenge and hot oil treatment challenge thread pop up. I’ve been participating in both challenges using grapeseed seed oil and have now addd hemp seed oil to the line up.

Quick rundown on ceramides. The cuticle layer inevitably suffers damage over time through manipulation, shampooing, chemical relaxers, etc. Once the cuticle layer of the hair is damage, the hair becomes susceptible to breakage. Ceramides are lipid molecules that protect hair from moisture loss and protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing the cuticle layer of hair.

Now, cermides are not proteins and shouldn’t be confused as such, but the use of cermides does decrease the amount of protein needed. Since incorporating grapeseed oil into my regimen, I have not had to do a protein treatments as frequent. As my hair is chemically relaxed, I still need to strengthen my hair and rebuild the protein bonds that are lost and weakened due to the relaxer, I just haven’t had to do a protein treatment as frequent due to weekly/bi-weekly HOT treatments and sealing with grapeseed oil.
I will be adding hemp seed oil, another ceramide packed oil, to my regimen to reap more benefits! I’m actually excited to see how my hair’s heath further improves.
Here’s a few notes on hemp seed oil:
  • Hemp Seed Oil is a highly nutritious food, and contains anti-oxidants, protein, carotene, phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. It is a source of complete protein and contains all twenty know amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids. It also contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E. The green color in Hemp Seed Oil is a result of the high level of chlorophyll which is naturally present in the seeds. Perhaps the most valued property of Hemp Seed Oil is its percentage of Essential Fatty Acids, which is higher than any other plant in the world. It contains both Omega-6 and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, in a proportion of 3:1. This proportion is the recommended balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 acids, making it a simple perfect way to complete your diet. Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for our health, and are responsible for the luster in our skin, hair, eyes, transferring oxygen to the every cell in our body, and even the clarity in our thought processes. They also lubricate and clear the arteries, strengthen the immune system, and help prevent viruses and other threats to our immune system. Essential Fatty Acids are not produced by the human body. Instead, they must be obtained from food sources. [Source]
  • Hemp seed oil, like Argan oil for hair, is a good source of many nutrients than can benefit the health of your hair. It is proven to be helpful for developing keratin formation. Hemp seed oil for hair helps develop stronger and healthier hair.  As you age, your hair develops deficiencies in Omega-3 fatty acids. When you use hair care products infused with hemp seed oil, which has a high content of fatty acids, you can help to stave off the aging process. The 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids is exactly what your hair and your scalp need. This ratio is also the easiest absorbed by the body. [Source]
Here are a few other oils that contain ceramides:
  1. Barley Malt Oil
  2. Grapeseed Oil – grapeseed oil actually has high percentage linoleic acid that can boost the natural production of ceramides.
  3. Eucalyptus Extract
  4. Hot 6 Oil
  5. Kukui Nut Oil
  6. Sunflower Oil
  7. Walnut Oil
  8. Wheat Germ Oil
  9. Safflower oil – safflower oil actually has high percentage linoleic acid that can boost the natural production of ceramides.
  10. Rice Bran Oil
  11. Sesame Oil – sesame oil actually has high percentage linoleic acid that can boost the natural production of ceramides.
With smiles,


  1. Hi Jen,
    Thanks for your article. I started using this based on your recommendation to seal. My hair grew quickly, but I couldn't take the smell! So, I used it as a pre-poo with Organix Coconut conditioner. That worked out better for me and my hair is still growing like crazy!

  2. Is there a difference between hemp oil and hemp seed oil? You wrote that you have hemp seed oil but the bottle says hemp oil. I'm currently using and LOVING hemp oil. I can't see my hair routine without.

  3. Hi Jen,
    I am a firm believer of hemp seed oil. Growing up in W. Africa, most women used add the ground hemp seed in their hair oil for strength and growth. I just decided to go natural and for the last month, I've done one protein treatment with regular mayonnaise. My weekly routine is hot oil treatment using a mixture of grape seed and coconut oils I have a pray bottle containing a mixture of coconut oil, grape seed oil, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba and hemp seed oil and also a few drops of peppermint and eucalyptus oils.Each of these oils have different functions and currently, my hair looks very different. It is very healthy, and I have noticed a lot of growth and my strands look bigger now. I also use hemp seed oil as my face cream before going to bed and after cleansing in the morning and the result is amazing.

  4. Hi Jeni, should you use Ceramides and/or Chelating protucts even if you have low porosity hair. I have lo-po so my cuticles are already "too" closed (if I understand correctly). Will these hurt or help. Thanks!

  5. Hi jen! How do you preepoo with hemp oil? Or do you use it only to seal? Love your blog thanks for the info

    1. Author

      Hi there, to pre-poo I just apply it to my hair and leave it on for a while. I sometimes use it on my ends when my ends are feeling rough but not to seal, it's a little to light to seal for me.

  6. Hi Jen
    Is it better to apply hemp oil when hair is wet or dry?

    1. Author

      Hi there, I predominately use it on dry hair and have used it on damp hair a few times, but because I use it more consistently on dry hair, that's where I've seen the effects more. I'm sorry buyI can't really offer up a comparison between the two and I haven't read anything about apply hemp while hair is wet, just on dry hair :/

  7. Hi Jen,
    My hair is natural and i really want them to grow. It is low porosity and it is hard to get product to get in unless it heated. can the hemp oil be heated, means to put a heat cap over it for 25 min.

    1. Author

      Hi there, my notes on hemp seed indicate that hemp seed oil is degraded by heat. I've never heated up hemp seed oil and even store in the fridge.

  8. hi jey,

    how often do you use the hemp seed oil? are you supposed to wash it out, or let it stay in your hair? I'm fairly new to taking care of my hair and being natural. I did the big chop a month ago.

    1. Author

      Hi Ashley, I oil my ends once a week with it. You can choose to use it either way: as a pre-poo, applying it to your hair for X amount of time and then washing it out or use a small amount on your hair during the week and leave it in.

  9. Hi Jen,
    can the grape seed oil that is used for cooking be used in the hair as well?

    1. Author

      Hi Latoya, yes it can. Cooking grades oil are pure and most definitely can be used on hair.

  10. Thanks a lot for getting back to me, reading your blog has given me more information. You have been very helpful. God bless

  11. Hi Jen just wanted to know if the hemp seed oil can be used for sealing after applying a moisturizer . Thanks. Sorry for the Time difference cos I'm based in London.

    1. Author

      Hi Ivy,

      Yup, hemp seed can be used to seal… I've found it's very light oil though. You've actually reminded me I'm out of hemp seed, need to restock asap.

  12. This will definitely be my last oil purchase until I've used everything up!

  13. I'll be pre-pooing with it before I wash for 1-2 hours, without heat since
    many of the sources I read on hemp seed oil listed that's it's a sensitive
    oil and heat may cause degradation.

  14. Hey Jeni , how do you plan to incorporate the hempseed oil in your weekly regime?  

  15. I'm so NOT buying anymore oils, but I do plan to add some grapeseed to my weekely DC'ing or maybe oil rinse or something to see, cause you are right those threads have impressed me!  And I already have some GS oil in the stash… 

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