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The search for all-natural, quality products that moisturize African-American hair may seem to be one that is never-ending. Many products are advertised as being natural and having moisturizing effects, when in fact, they cause more dryness and contain a huge list of synthetic chemicals. However, among the many choices are some natural products that actually work well in the battle against chronic dryness.

One of the best natural products for hair is vegetable glycerin. This substance is a derivative of plant oils. It is used as a sweetener and is present in numerous skin creams, soaps, lotions and hair products. When applied to hair, it acts as a humectant that absorbs water from its surroundings. When combined with water, vegetable glycerin does an excellent job of conditioning and moisturizing dry hair. It is also helpful in alleviating dry scalp and defines curls like no other product. To use this versatile material, mix it in a spray bottle with water and essential oils or conditioner.

For generations, people from different corners of the world have used coconut oil to maintain healthy hair. This oil is composed of small molecules and fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft. It is also excellent for controlling dandruff and retaining high levels of moisture. To use this product on hair, apply it to the scalp and hair in small amounts. In addition, it is best to use pure, organic coconut oil instead of a hybrid product that is mixed with petroleum.

Argan oil has been used by the Moroccan people for hundreds of years. It is revered for its rich vitamin and fatty acid content. This oil is used in a wide array of cosmetic products and medicinal preparations. It comes from the argan tree that is native to Morocco and is traditionally used in cooking. In recent years, this product has become very popular in Western cultures. As a result, both the demand and price tag have risen. Despite its unappealing price, it is one natural hair care product that is worth the money. When applied to hair in small amounts, it is absorbed instantly to leave a silky finish.

Natural hair care products are ideal for nourishing and moisturizing African-American coils. They provide a host of benefits without the harmful effects caused by toxic chemicals. There is no single product that works for everyone, so if one natural product does not suit your needs, try the next.

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What are Free Radicals?

If you have ever heard of free radicals, then you probably know that they aren’t good things and we should protect ourselves from them. But very few people understand the ins and outs of exactly what they are and how they can harm us.

Free radicals are a normal part of life and they are present in the environment. Free radicals enter our bodies on a daily basis, from cigarette smoke, pollution, germs, certain foods and drinks etc. The human body is normally able to deal with moderate levels of free radicals. However, if free radical damage becomes severe, we can become susceptible to many kinds of diseases.

Simply put, free radicals are abnormal oxygen molecules. They are abnormal because they have only one electron compared to the standard two. An electron is the bonding element that binds atoms together to create molecules. In simple terms, molecules are only considered to be complete and stable when its electrons are paired up. And most of the time, they are. However, sometimes bonds become weak and split in an abnormal way, thus creating an unstable molecule called a free radical.

Free radicals desperately try to become stable by attempting to attach themselves to other molecules in order to find the much needed electron. Free radicals are very quick, as they are motivated by nothing other than maximizing their stability by finding a second electron (even if this means stealing an electron from another molecule). They will always attack the first molecule they come across. If this molecule is unprotected, it will lose one of its electrons and become a free radical itself. This process can continue in a chain reaction, or domino effect. This can become a serious problem if the first molecule a free radical comes across happens to be an important one such as DNA molecules.

The Role of Antioxidants

The fight against free radicals is not a lost cause. Antioxidants are molecules that protect our bodies from free radical damage by putting a stop to the chain reaction of electron stealing that free radicals cause. They do this by giving up one of their own electrons to the free radical, effectively rendering it neutralized, stabilized and harmless. After interaction with an antioxidant, a free radical will no longer try to steal electrons from the healthy cells in our body because the antioxidant has willingly given it what it was looking for.

So now that we have established the role of antioxidants in protecting us against the negative effects of free radicals, the next logical question to answer is “where can we find antioxidants?” Well, the simplest and most effective way to incorporate antioxidants into your system is by eating foods that are rich in these special nutrients and contain almost no free radicals at all. Typically these include fruit and vegetables, as well as nuts and seeds. Brightly colored foods such as tomatoes and greens are considered to be the most concentrated examples of antioxidants. Antioxidants include a whole variety of vitamins and minerals and it is important to vary the colors of foods you eat to get a well-rounded supply.

So we’ve discovered that free radicals are actually molecules that have only one electron, compared to the usual two electrons. To compensate for this, free radicals search for a health cell in which they can steal an electron. In modest doses, our bodies can keep free radicals under control, especially if our diet is rich in antioxidants which willingly give up one of their electrons to the scavenging free radical. The bottom line seems to be that the more healthy foods we eat, the greater our antioxidant intake will be, which in turn will determine how effectively our bodies fight against the damaging effects of free radicals.

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