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What to do about gray hair?

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

What causes gray 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 gray.

For a long time scientists have suspected that hair turns gray 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 graying 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 gray 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.

How old you will be when your first gray hairs become visible depends on several factors, butgenetics are of big influence.

How can the graying process be slowed down?

In order to slow down or prevent the process of graying, 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 gray hair, such as L-Tyrosine, Fo-Ti root and barley grass. Barley grass promotes and strengthens the original hair color, L-Tyrosine serves as a building block for melanin and Fo-Ti root increases the production of melanin.

Our anti-gray products

At The Hair Growth Specialist, we offer two brands of nutritional supplements that specifically focus on preventing gray hair and gray outgrowth: Foligain Color Rescue and Absonutrix Anti-Grey.

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 ingredients that stimulate healthier hair growth. Horsetail extract retains the moisture in the hair, plant sterols suppress stress hormones and barley grass improves and enhances the original hair color.

Read more

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bradford/7920363.stm
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/140602.php

Studies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19237503
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24695442
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24033376