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What to do about gray hair?

Saturday 13 December 2014
Almost everyone finds it annoying to get gray hairs. How does hair become gray and how can you prevent it from happening?

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 gray.

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) indirectly inhibits the creation of sufficient melanin. Hydrogen peroxide occurs naturally in human metabolism. It is quickly broken down in younger people. In older people, this mechanism isn't working well anymore. The hydrogen peroxide that accumulates in the body will then break off the enzyme tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of sufficient melanin.

How old you you will be when your first gray hairs become visible, depends on several factors. First, genetics are of influence, for example did your parents become gray at an early age? Also, several studies have shown that stress and a poor diet affect the age at which you become gray.

The process of becoming gray can be slowed down by the enzyme catalase. Catalase causes the body to increase the production of melanin. As a result, hairs are able to restore to their original color.

At The Hair Growth Specialist, we offer two brands of nutritional supplements that specifically focus on preventing gray hair and gray outgrowth: Foligain anti-gray caplets and Absonutrix anti-gray caplets. The products have the same ingredients. Foligain is a known brand and therefore they (can) ask a higher price. Absonutrix competes with this. Some of our clients specifically ask for Foligain, others prefer the lowest price. This is why we offer both products.

Besides catalase, the supplements also contain other ingredients which benefit the health of the hair. Horsetail extract to retain the moisture in the hair, plant sterols to suppress stress hormones and barley grass to improve and enhance the original hair color. The results of the use of these supplements can differ per person, because people start getting gray hairs at different ages. The difference is usually seen within 4 to 6 months.