Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with a mismatched (unpaired or uneven) number of electrons.  They are formed when oxygen interacts with certain types of molecules. Once formed these free radicals become highly reactive and can then start a chain reaction, like a domino effect.  Once a free-radical reaction is started it can cause a chain reaction which produces more free radicals, which ultimately damages thousands of molecules. Their main danger lies in the damage that they do when they react with important cellular components of cell membranes. Cells then can function poorly or die off.  To prevent the damage that free radicals do the body has its defence system called antioxidants.  Antioxidants are the only way the body has to fight free radicals.

Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and stop that domino effect and chain reaction before the vital molecules of the body (or in this case the inner health of the hair) is damaged.  The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet or applied to the body externally.

Coconut oil for beautiful hair

When a free radical comes into contact with an antioxidant, the damaging chain reaction is stopped. This is why it is good to have an abundance of antioxidants in our cells and tissues at all times. How many antioxidants we have in our tissues is determined mainly by the nutrients in our diet.  Having antioxidants in skincare products is also vitally.  Dr Ray Peat, a biochemist who writes about the antioxidant nature of coconut oil, states “It is well established that dietary coconut oil reduces our need for vitamin E, but I think its antioxidant role is more general than that, and that it has both direct and indirect antioxidant activities.” Virgin Coconut Oil especially is very useful in stopping the damaging effects of free radicals as it has not been stripped of any of its natural components through the process of refining.

Most body care products that are made with refined vegetable oils also have all the antioxidants stripped from them.  This makes them highly prone to enable free-radical generation within the body and externally as well.  That is why when we eat processed vegetable oils we can cause a deficiency in vitamin E and other antioxidants. This is why we should be cautious about the types of oils we use on skin and hair. A lotion or cream that is made with a refined oil in it is causing your skin to age faster and your hair to die off.  The lotion, while it may bring some temporary improvement will only end up accelerating the ageing of the skin and even possibly promote skin cancer through the chain reaction of the free radicals that are formed from the refined vegetable oil.

An ideal lotion is one that is made from an oil that softens the skin and also protects it against damage.  One that promotes healing and gives it a more youthful and overall healthy appearance. Virgin coconut oil fits this description precisely. It is quite widely known that coconut oil helps keep skin healthy.  What coconut does for the skin it also does for hair.

Coconut oil for hair is a terrific hair conditioner.   It softens the hair and conditions the scalp. Using coconut oil for the hair as a pre-wash conditioner can help get rid of and prevent dandruff.

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