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What to do about greying hair?
Almost everyone finds it unpleasant to get grey hairs. How does hair become grey and how can you prevent it from happening?
What causes grey hair?
Our hairs are formed in the hair follicles. Cell division takes place in the hair follicle. The color of the hair is determined by the amount of pigment (also called melanin) that is present in the hair follicles. The more pigment, the darker the hair will be. Additionally, the older you get, the less pigment will be created. The hair will thus gradually become grey.
For a long time scientists have suspected that hair turns grey over time because a naturally occurring "toxin" prevents melanin from doing its job properly. In 2009, a team of researchers at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom was able to find out what the exact biological and chemical processes behind the greying process are.
The main culprit turned out to be an excess of hydrogen peroxide, a substance produced naturally by hair cells.
How does too much hydrogen peroxide cause grey hair?
It turns out that hydrogen peroxide breaks down the enzyme tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is responsible for the production of melanin. Melanin gives hair, skin and eyes their color.
In young people, hydrogen peroxide is quickly broken down by the enzyme catalase. As you get older, the hair cells produce increasingly smaller amounts of catalase. As a result, less and less hydrogen peroxide is broken down. When the amount of catalase decreases and the amount of hydrogen peroxide increases, the melanin has trouble to do its job and the hair will lose more and more color.
Other substances that influence the amount of hydrogen peroxide are:
- Increased levels of homocysteine increase the amount of hydrogen peroxide in the body.
- Glutathione peroxidase is a substance in the body that cleans up hydrogen peroxide.
How old you will be when your first grey hairs become visible depends on several factors, but genetics are a big influence.
How can the greying process be slowed down?
In order to slow down or prevent the process of greying, it is important to supplement/increase the amount of catalase in the body. Catalase is the most powerful enzyme for breaking down hydrogen peroxide. Catalase thus indirectly ensures that the production of melanin is increased, so that the pigmentation of the hair is improved.
In addition, there are other ingredients that help prevent grey hair, such as L-Tyrosine, Quercetine, Fo-Ti root and barley grass. Barley grass promotes and strengthens the original hair color, L-Tyrosine and Quercetin serves as a building block for melanin and Fo-Ti root increases the production of melanin.
Our anti-grey products
The Hair Growth Specialists offers two brands of nutritional supplements that focus specifically on combating grey hair and grey outgrowth: Neofollics Anti-Grey Hair Tablets and Absonutrix Anti-Grey Capsules.
Neofollics Anti-Grey offers the strongest treatment against grey hair on the market. Absonutrix’s formulation is not as strong, but it does have a lower price. That is why we offer both products.
Previously we also sold the Foligain Color Rescue on our site. This anti-grey supplement had the same composition as Absonutrix, but had a higher price. If you use this product, we recommend switching to Absonutrix or Neofollics Anti-Grey.
Besides catalase, the supplements also contain ingredients that stimulate healthier hair growth.