Gray Away

In October 2018, Polish, Stuff by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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Gray hair is a visible sign of aging. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and aging definitely beats the alternative—but why does our hair go gray, and is there really any way to slow the graying down?

Human hair naturally grows white but is colored by a pigment called melanin, produced by cells called melanocytes. These are positioned in our hair follicles and, as each strand of hair grows, it is infused with melanin. As we age, melanocyte production slows down and slowly disappears, reducing the amount of pigment produced. This leaves us with gray hair.

You may embrace gray hair regardless of the season, or you may just want to make it go away, or never see gray hair grow in the first place. Storied hair care brand Phyto just released a product, RE 30, that it’s been researching and testing for six years. The active ingredient, Peptide RE 30, is said to stimulate melano-genesis, bringing back color to your hair without using any coloring agents.

“It’s for anyone, male or female, that wants to prevent or correct gray hair without coloring their hair,” explains Chuck Hill, owner of Oak City Salon. “I’ve been trying it on myself for the last couple of months and I can see a difference.”

Why some people go gray at a relatively young age is mostly due to genetics.

A new study from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Alabama in Birmingham found a link between a compromised immune system and premature graying, which could explain why some people experience graying after a serious illness or prolonged chronic stress.

Madeleine Preston, a longtime trichologist and hair and scalp consultant from the UK, recommends eating a balanced diet and taking a multivitamin daily to keep hair healthy.

“Take one that contains Omega-3s, which prevent the hair from being dry and lifeless as they have a moisturizing effect which can also reduce itching and flaking dandruff,” Preston says. “The supplement also contains copper, which is known to prevent the onset of graying hair by boosting the production of melanin, the pigment that gives hair color.”

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