Simple Tips That Will Make Afro Hair Grow

African American hair has the distinction of being difficult to grow. This is inaccurate. The problem with growing a black mane is that the remedies and treatments often used rely too much on commercial hair products. These afro hair grow products often tend to do more harm than good. So in this article I will share certain tips that will help make a black mane grow fast.

When trying to grow afro hair, you should relax it every 4 weeks or so. If you do it more than this, it could cause breakage and do more damage to your hair than necessary.

Another way to make afro hair grow is to not wear braids. If the braids are too tight there will be hair loss due to the tightening and pulling on the hair.

Putting the least amount of stress on your hair is important if you want to make afro hair grow faster. If you decide to relax it use the most effective relaxer that will put the least amount of stress and damage on your hair. Women are finding though, if they relax their manes and wear braids at the same time, they will end up with thinner, weaker tresses. In order to compensate create a routine of using a moisturizing shampoo (avoid those with alcohol content, these lead to breakage), deep conditioning and hot oil treatments weekly.

For every day styling, use a leave in conditioners or pomade. Never use heavy greases like petroleum jelly on your mane as they will block the pores and can cause hair loss.

Another way to grow black hair is to keep it “un-relaxed.”. An un-relaxed mane, will give you the longest and strongest natural growing hair possible. Using the simplest care possible and the least amount of product on your tresses is the fastest way to grow a healthy mane.

Dreadlocks are also good way to make afro hair grow. Your tresses seem to grow faster with them and this could be because the hair you normally shed is often trapped inside giving your mane a longer look.

One of the best products on the market today for encouraging afro hair to grow is called Mira Oil. The product is all natural, containing natural oils and herbs which promote growth as well as encourage the development of new hair follicle development. Apply the oil onto the scalp and massage it in. allow the oil to sit in for 30 minutes and then wash out!

Take prenatal pills to help make afro hair grow! Prenatal pills provide all the vitamins and minerals you need for the development of a healthy mane!

Follow these simple, steps and no matter the state of your afro hair it will grow healthy, strong and longer

Content Syndication – Why You Should Not Syndicate Your Article To 1000s Of Directories

Many online business owners realize that writing and submitting articles to content syndication sites are a great way drive traffic to their web sites and increase link popularity. They don’t realize that submitting to thousands of them may have a negative affect on their promotional efforts.

Top 3 reasons not to mass distribute your articles

1. Duplicate content

Distributing your article to many directories means it gets duplicated all over the Net. You have no control over the type of people that get your content from the directory then use it on their blog, web site or ezine. You may receive unwanted links from spam blogs and trash web sites. This will hurt your rankings in the search engines and therefore affect your profits.

2. Not all directories are created equal

New article directories spring up everyday with the hope of making money. They place AdSense ads all over the article pages thus diluting the effectiveness of your content. Many of these directories are not monitored. They accept any kind of article, don’t check it for quality thus leaving it full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.

3. No strict editorial guidelines

A directory created and monitored by a single owner won’t be able to oversee the quality of articles submitted. The standard of measuring the quality of an article directory is EzineArticles.com. They have a large staff that continuously monitors all submissions. They are always working on improving their web site to make help publishers get more traffic from their content and they immediately reject articles that don’t follow their editorial guidelines.

How to determine what directories to submit to

Here is an image showing an ordered list of the top 26 article directories based on their Google page rank and alexa rating.

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These 2 resources do not accurately reflect the traffic of a page however it still indicates the directory worth submitting to. A web site with a high alexa ranking means it is getting tons of traffic. A link from this type of directory is much more valuable than one which has a low ranking (less traffic and therefore less link reputation).

Top 26 article directories

Ezine Articles

Go Articles

Article Dashboard

Search Warp

Articles Base

iSnare

Self Growth

Buzzle

Article City

Idea Marketers

Article Alley

Web-Source

Self SEO

Amazines

Article Trader

Search Guild

Web World Index

Article Sphere

Business Know How

Promotion World

Articles Factory

Excellent Guide

Content Desk

Article Cube

Afro Articles

Article Biz

Tip

Submit your article to the top 5 directories first then if you have extra time submit it the remaining ones. Don’t just rely on this method of article marketing but extend your audience by placing the article on your web site, blog, newsletter, ezine and/or convert it to audio, video, ebook or report.

The Life of Malcolm X

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925. His father, Earl Little was an outspoken Baptist preacher and an avid supporter of the Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. The young Malcolm was to be moulded by his father and the terrible oppression that was inflicted upon his family. The family was forced to move twice after receiving death threats from white supremacists. The family eventually settled in Lansing, Michigan but their efforts to escape trouble failed, the family home was burned to the ground and two years later Earl Little was found dead in suspicious circumstances.

His father’s death had a devastating effect on the family, his mother began to suffer mental problems, eventually being committed to a mental institution. Devastatingly, the children were broken up and sent to different foster homes and orphanages. The young Malcolm was moved around a series of white foster homes, he was certainly unsettled but he managed to remain focussed on his studies, graduating from junior high school at the top of his class. However, when a favourite teacher scoffed at his lofty ideals of becoming a lawyer, telling him that such high aspirations were not for a black man, he dropped out of school entirely. He moved to Boston to live with his older half-sister Ella Little Collins.

Collins lived in Roxbury, which was the centre of the African-American community in Boston. Malcolm was attracted to the energetic, bubbling, communal lifestyle. He worked a number of odd jobs, before taking to the road and drifting from city to city; he eventually shored up in Harlem, New York. He began to peddle in the criminal underbelly of the city, becoming involved in narcotics, prostitution and racketeering rings. He managed to avoid the draft during World War Two by putting on a show of madness when he was being interviewed. In 1945 he returned to Boston becoming involved in a number of robberies, he was soon arrested, charged and sentenced to ten years imprisonment. He served his sentence at the Massachusetts State Prison in Charlestown. It was there that he met John Elton Bembry, who would profoundly influence Malcolm’s way of thinking. Malcolm was hugely moved by the way in which Bembry stirred respect amongst his fellow prisoners just through the use of words and language.

The two struck up a friendship, Bembry encouraged Malcolm to educate himself. In 1949, after being informed of the Nation of Islam by his brother, Malcolm began to become very interested in the movement. The Nation promoted the concept of black self reliance and actively sought to assist African-Americans in achieving political, economic and social success. He began to correspond with the leader of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad and soon became a member. In 1952, Malcolm was released form prison, he went to visit Muhammad, becoming prominent in the movement. He changed his surname, dropping ‘Little’ as he viewed it as his slave name and adopting the surname X to signify the tribal identity that had being lost to him forever.

He was soon appointed as a minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam and was charged with the establishment of new mosques. Charismatic and compelling, Malcolm began to seriously increase the membership of the Nation, utilising all forms of media to spread the movement’s vision. He began to become a media magnet, being featured in countless interviews, programmes and articles. He was featured in a week long television programme called The Hate That Hate Produced with Mike Wallace in 1959. The programme explored the movement and Malcolm’s place in it, by the end of the run, it was apparent that Malcolm X had eclipsed his mentor Elijah Muhammad’s influence within the movement. As opposed to the civil rights movement, the Nation condoned any means necessary to achieve it’s aims. Such a stance alarmed the authorities, FBI agents infiltrated the organisation and began to monitor all the group’s activities.

By 1963, Malcolm had become disillusioned with the Nation; he had learnt that his mentor Elijah Muhammad had secretly being having affairs with several women within the movement and indeed some had given birth to his children. Malcolm was dismayed, Muhammad had taught celibacy. Malcolm felt cheated and more importantly he felt that he had in turn cheated all the people that he had persuaded to join the Nation which he now perceived as a fraudulent organisation. To compound the fall-out, Malcolm had made scathing comments about JFK’s assassination, the Nation publicly censured their talisman, Malcolm had enough and split from the movement. He founded his own religious organisation, the Muslim Mosque Inc. and a secular organisation, the Organisation of Afro-American Unity, a group that advocated black nationalism. In the spring of 1964, he converted to Sunni Islam and embarked upon a pilgrimage to Mecca, it was to fundamentally alter his outlook.

During his pilgrimage, he encountered and observed Muslims of different races interacting as equals, he began to believe that Islam could be used as a vehicle with which racial problems could be overcome. On his return to America, he began to preach not just solely to African Americans but to all races, his vision had definitely broadened. This led to an even further deterioration in relations between Malcolm and The Nation of Islam, the latter taking the rather drastic decision of marking him for assassination. Tragically, on 21 February 1965, whilst speaking at an Organisation of Afro-American Unity meeting, Malcolm X was shot and killed by three gunmen who rushed the stage.

Osteoporosis – What is it and How to Avoid It

Osteoporosis – What you need to know to reduce your risk of developing it

Osteoporosis is a condition which causes bone mass to deteriorate drastically and often results in an increase risk of bone fracture. It’s a condition which primarily effects women but is not unheard of in men. Basically, bone breakdown (caused by cells called Osteoclasts) happens faster than the body can repair (using cells called Osteoblasts) which results in a weakening of the skeleton especially in areas where cancellous (honey comb like) bone is found – the spine, the hips and the wrists. The areas that are affected by Osteoporosis are ironically the most likely the ones that would suffer a fracture if you were to fall over. If you were to fall forwards you might break a wrist, sideways you might break a hip, or backwards you might fracture your spine. As with many chronic diseases, prevention is better than cure so in this article I’ll outline strategies for reducing the likelihood of developing this debilitating disease and will help you to develop a strong, healthy skeleton.

Osteoporosis can be caused by any number of factors including – advanced age, gender (females are more likely to develop it than males), poor nutrition, exercise habits, family history, sedentary life style, exposure to sunlight, race, (Caucasians/Asians are more likely to develop Osteoporosis than Afro/Caribbean people) chronic smoking, menstrual irregularities and premature menopause. Obviously some of these factors are beyond our control but lifestyle, diet and exercise aren’t so I’ll focus on the positive action you can take to reduce your risk of suffering Osteoporotic fractures.

1) Diet – You are what you eat. This is a vital piece of nutritional information which if more people understood there would be so much less nutrition related chronic disease. Everything we eat either becomes part of us or passes through our bodies and because of this, it is vital we consume the correct types of foods which provide all the necessary nutrients so our bodies can operate correctly. Some foods (basically sugar laden junk foods) rob the body of nutrients rather than provide them so the first dietary step we should be consider is to cut down on the amount of junk foods being consumed and increase the amount of “real” foods. Once the anti-foods have been removed, we can focus on consuming food which will enhance health and not detract from it. For bone manufacture to occur, it is essential that adequate amounts of the mineral Calcium are consumed.

Calcium is essential for lots of reasons – without it our muscles (including our hearts) wont function. Because of this, anytime the diet is low in Calcium, the body will dip into its stores (our bones) to take what it needs to keep our bodies running smoothly. About 99% of our bodies Calcium is found in our bones, and the remaining 1% is in our blood. The body will do everything it can to maintain that 1% – even if it is to the detriment of bone mass. By ensuring there is adequate Calcium in the diet, we ensure this scenario is much less likely to happen.

The recommended daily amount for Calcium consumption is 1000mg a day and
1500 mg where there is an increased risk of developing Osteoporosis or the condition has already been diagnosed. Calcium can be supplemented but it’s always better to try and consume as much natural food as possible to avoid having to pump ourselves full of pills. Foods which contain large amounts of Calcium include dairy i.e. milk, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt, sardines and other soft boned fish, bread, baked beans and enriched breakfast cereals.

Calcium absorption is dependent on adequate amounts of vitamin D. We get most of our vitamin D from sunshine but we can also acquire it from such foods like oily fish, nuts, eggs and unprocessed plant oils. Increasing Calcium consumption with out sufficient vitamin D will reduce the amount of Calcium which can be utilized by the body. Make sure your diet is rich in both, and the risk of developing Osteoporosis should reduce significantly.

2) Exercise. Use it or lose it! Our bodies have an amazing ability to adapt to stress and exercise is a form of stress. When we exercise, we set alarm bells ringing which cause our bodies to make adaptations so that, the next time we are exposed to a similar amount or intensity of exercise, we are better equipped to deal with what is being demanded of us. In addition to our hearts, lungs and muscles, our bones also undergo positive adaptations to the stresses put through them.

When we exercise, especially weight bearing and weight lifting activities, our muscles are called upon to perform work. Our muscles are attached to our bones via connective tissue called tendons. The force our muscles produce is transmitted to our bones via these tendons which allow us to move and overcome resistance. Our bones respond to this stress by producing Osteoblasts (the bone building cells) and laying down new bone material which results in greater bone mass. If the bones are not exposed to weight lifting/bearing activities, they will become weaker and less dense – hence “use it or lose it”.

The best forms of exercise for the prevention and control of Osteoporosis are ones where a significant load is put though the skeleton. These include weight training and activities performed in the standing position e.g. running and walking (so called weight bearing activities). Exercise where bodyweight is supported externally e.g. swimming and where there is little or no skeletal loading e.g. Yoga/Pilates have a minimal effect at best on bone mass. A well rounded resistance training programme that stresses the major joints/bones of the body plus some weight bearing cardiovascular work will ensure the skeleton is being stressed appropriately which should result in increased bone mass. Exercises such as squats, dead lifts and standing presses are all excellent at putting load through the entire skeletal system resulting in positive adaptations to exercise.

NB. It should be noted however, where Osteoporosis has been diagnosed, high impact activities such as running are not recommended due to the increased risk of fracture and low impact activities combined with an appropriate resistance training programme would be more appropriate in this case.

3) Lifestyle factors. The other 164 hours a week! So, diet wise, we’re getting plenty of Calcium and vitamin D and minimizing our consumption of “nutrient robbing” highly processed food. Were hitting the gym 2-3 times a week and doing plenty of walking or jogging as appropriate. What about the rest of the week? It’s quite possible to undo all of that good by making a few not-so-great lifestyle choices.

In this last section, I’ll outline some of the things which might, despite your best efforts, negate your diet and exercise and increase the risk of lowering your bone mass.

Smoking – chronic cigarette smoking lowers Oestrogen levels in women and Oestrogen is one of the most vital hormones responsible for controlling female bone mass. Long term female smokers often suffer from a premature menopause which can hasten the onset of Osteoporosis. Testosterone levels in men are also adversely affected by smoking so the take home message is that if you treasure your bone health, then quit the cigarettes sooner rather than later.

Low bodyweight – being too thin can also have a detrimental effect on bone mass. Being very lean (>10% in females) can cause a significant drop in Oestrogen levels again resulting in lowered bone mass. It is not uncommon for very lean women e.g. competitive athletes, to suffer amenorrhea (absence of reproductive cycle) and dysmenorrhoea (irregular reproductive cycles) both of which can adversely affect Oestrogen levels. Additionally, being of low scale weight also means that a lighter person puts less stress through their skeleton during their daily activities which will, in turn, not increase in mass as readily as the skeleton of a heavier person. Increased body mass is one of the reasons men tend not to suffer Osteoporosis as often as women as they generally have a greater BMI (Body Mass Index).

Carbonated drinks – to counteract the harmful effect of carbonated drinks, the body will use Calcium as a buffer and this Calcium often comes from the bones. Carbonated drinks (including sparkling water) contain acidic ingredients which need to be neutralized to maintain even blood ph levels (ph levels refer to the degree of acidity versus alkalinity) and thus valuable Calcium is used up, leaving the bones vulnerable. If you do enjoy carbonated beverages, make sure they make up only a very small amount of your daily fluid intake and you are particularly vigilant in making sure you consume adequate dietary Calcium.

Sedentary lifestyle – as mentioned in the exercise part of this article, the body adapts to the stresses put through it. No stress = no adaptation. If our bodies are not exposed to weight bearing loads, the bones will weaken. You may have seen astronauts who have been in space for a long time returning to earth with very weak and fragile bones. This is because during their stay in space, their bodies were not being exposed to gravity and therefore very little stress. As a result they developed a form of Osteoporosis. It is vital we expose our bodies to weight bearing activities on a regular basis if we hope to maintain bone mass. Exercise IS beneficial (and vital) but additional weight bearing activities will greatly add to the overall effect. Where possible incorporate additional physical activities into your day…walk instead of ride, stand instead of sit, take the stairs rather than the elevator, and carry things that you might normally move by easier methods. Every time we apply an external load to our skeletons, our bodies will respond by making our bones stronger, or at the very least maintaining our bone mass.

Osteoporosis is a serious medical condition which, sadly for many, is only diagnosed after an Osteoporotic fracture has occurred. Prevention is better than cure so follow theses guidelines to minimize your risks.

Finally, do you know why, as we age, we tend to get shorter? Yep – Osteoporosis. The spine looses mass and collapses in on its self which will often manifest as a “Dowagers hump” (a pronounced hunch on the upper portion of the spine). I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a little and old. I want to be a tall, straight backed old man!!!

Patrick Dale.

Note – this article is intended for entertainment only and is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. If you are in any doubt about Osteoporosis or need any further information, please contact your professional health advisor.

My Top Ten Article Sites

Article Marketers Dream..

Competing for popularity amongst the World Wide Web is not an easy task and that’s putting it lightly. In fact it’s a very tedious thing to do yet as with anything, there are some that are better than others. It could be for any number of reasons that could include a popular product or person or even discussion. Whatever the case may be, here is a list of the top ten articles sites in order of views weekly.

10. BMW Life Style World
The stats are modest at an average of just under 1.7 million views a week, just reading about a luxury vehicle like a BMW is enough to keep people reading and coming back for more.

9. Physical Fitness Articles
Whether or not you actually take what you read into action is an entirely different story. This still does not stop an average of 1.9 million people looking for advice on how to get those beach bodies.

8. Article Vista
In a world in which everyone has something to say, 1.9 million people are looking for forums in which they can say it, for free. Article Vista allows you to do so in just about any subject that you can think of.

7. Article -Buzz/Free Articles Directory for Authors and Publishers
Anyone who writes content of any sort is always looking for a stage in which to hopefully lead to some sort of distribution. 3 million people look for their chance here.

6. Muzik Downloads
Contrary to popular belief, Hollywood is not the biggest as far as the film industry is concerned. Hands down, it belongs to Bollywood. 3.5 million people log on and blog about it.

5. Political Articles.Net
Left wing, right wing, democrats and republicans alike all want the news fast and they want to be able to share their opinions of it. That’s why 3.8 million people visit this site every week.

4. Afro Articles
Look at it as a freeware in the world of website content. And apparently it works. Why else would just fewer than 7.5 million people visit?

3. SEO Top Web Directory
Pretty self-explanatory here, its free web directory. 8.3 million use it.

2. Online Earnings Article Board
Looking to publish your articles for free? So are 11.9 million other people.

1. Free Content Encyclopedia
Imagine, you never have to come up with new original content for your website. It’s all there for you. Well that why its blows everyone else out of the water with a whopping 144 million views weekly.