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I'm not trying to plug this company, I just wanted to show you what type of container it came in since it's so different from traditional oil containers.
Kitties! Run out and get some coconut oil! Coconut oil has been proven to penetrate the hair strand and minimize protein loss, according to a study done by the Research and Development Department, Nature Care Division at Marico Industries Ltd. Coconut oil can penetrate the cuticle and cortex (the “shingles” and what the “shingles” are protecting) whereas mineral oil and sunflower oils cannot. Because it can do this, it keeps hair from being damaged when combing it while wet. Its ability to coat the surface of the hair strand and penetrate helps keep water out of the hair shaft when it’s applied to dry hair and left on for several hours before shampooing. When hair gets wet, it swells up and causes the “shingles” to lift up, making them vulnerable to breaking off. Use the coconut oil as an overnight treatment and shampoo it out in the morning. This will keep your fur, I mean hair, luscious and amazing :)
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References: Journal of Cosmetic Science: Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage
 
 
Healthy Hair Tip: Make sure hair is COMPLETELY dry before using a curling/flat iron. The Journal of Cosmetic Science has some pretty horrible pictures of what happens to the hair cuticle if you use a hot tool when hair is wet. The cuticle gets cracked, split and blisters up. And once you do damage like that, there's no fixing it. Be careful, kittens!
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On the left is a healthy hair strand. On the right is a damaged hair strand. The cuticle is lifted and shattered. This is similar to the photo of what hair looks like after curling hair when wet.
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References: Journal of Cosmetic Science: Effects of thermal treatments with a curling iron on hair fiber

 
 
So this old wive's tale got brought up today and I thought I'd set the record straight: pulling a gray hair out will NOT make more gray hairs grow! The hair follicle only has room for one hair. Ehow.com brought up a very valid point: if this were true, don't you think people who were balding would just sit around plucking the hairs that were left to produce more hair and never go bald? Going gray is usually determined by your genes. However, there other things that can contribute to when you start going gray: anemia, thyroid issues and smoking to name a few. But plucking them will not make matters worse, so don't hesitate to pluck a gray hair!

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References: www.Ehow.com
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