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Plant Byproduct For The Hair

posted on March 7, 2003

Its "soy" good for your hair.

A byproduct of soybean and safflower oil processing can be used to make hair gel.

USDA researchers say oilseed soapstock has the same kind of "holding power" for hair as the lipid compounds used in petroleum-based hair gel.

The soapstock costs only a fraction of the price of synthetic polymers. Researchers have used the same thin-film technology to create transparent and translucent coatings for freshly harvested produce.

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