No More Gray Hair?????

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  1. model_mom

    model_mom New Member

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    Going gray? Scientists uncover the root cause

    Finding may lead to better products to prevent, reverse the process

    [​IMG]As hydrogen peroxide in our hair builds up as we age, we go gray, British researchers concluded.


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    By Irene Klotz

    [​IMG] updated 2:36 p.m. CT, Mon., March. 2, 2009

    Attention parents: It's not your kids that are making you go gray. Your hair is simply building up too much hydrogen peroxide.
    Bottle-blondes may be a fan, but hydrogen peroxide, which is produced naturally in the human body, interferes with melanin, the pigment that colors our hair and skin.
    The body also produces the enzyme catalase, which breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. Or at least it does for a while. As we age, catalase production tails off, leaving nothing to transform the hydrogen peroxide into chemicals the body can release.

    So, as hydrogen peroxide builds up, we go gray, concluded researchers at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, who last week published the results of a study in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's online journal.
    Reversing the process
    "This new insight could open new strategies for intervention and reversal of the hair graying process," wrote the study's lead author John Wood, who died last month.
    The studies were based on analysis of cell cultures of human hair follicles.
    In addition to lacking catalase, the follicles of gray-haired people also had far fewer hair-repair enzymes, which in turn drove down production of melanin, the scientists found.
    Genetics play a role as well, causing some people, such as Caucasians, to gray earlier than others, like Asians.
    Scientists suspect the same mechanism also may be responsible for a condition known as vitiligo, where white spots appear in the skin.
    "It gives you insight into how we age in general," Gerald Weissmann, professor of medicine at New York University, told Discovery News. "They got the molecular basis of aging down pat."
    Skin cells produce small amounts of hydrogen peroxide as part of the body's oxygen cycle. The chemical serves to kill bacteria.

    Scientists are hopeful there may be a way to remix the chemical soup to keep color in our hair, which no doubt is of interest to a hair-care industry that will be worth about $42.5 billion worldwide by 2010, according to a market report published last year by Global Industry Analysts.
    Weissmann predicts it won't be long before products to remove hydrogen peroxide from the hair — and the body in general — are created.
    "The rule goes when basic science is discovered it is quickly followed by a product," he said.

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  2. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    oh-- i hope they come out with a product SOON cause i am surely by surely starting to see the signs of the greys now...
    bit by bit...


    * especially today-
    but that's just cause i am painting a table white and got some paint in my hair...
    :innocent:...


    :lol:...


    very interesting mm...thanks for sharing!!..x:flower:
     
  3. Belowen

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    I'm 24 and I have a grey streak! :lol: My sister had the same thing in her early 20's too... It's such a pain, especially when it's right on my parting line! :doh: A pox on genetics!
     
  4. tangerine

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    Wait, you are missing the real story here; who killed John Wood? Was it Clairol, or Grecian Formula? :ninja:
     
  5. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    what?...who is john wood?!?...
    :unsure:
     
  6. justlooking

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    No way, it was Herbal Essence for sure!
     
  7. MissMagAddict

    MissMagAddict The future is stupid

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    Belowen: Copper deficiency can lead to prematurely gray hair (or so I've been told). You can actually reduce the amount of gray in your hair by drinking a spoon or so of blackstrap molasses everyday.
     
  9. dumbfairy

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    ^I've been going grey since I was 16 :ninja:

    Does the spoonful of that stuff actually work for grey hair? I've just read about it and it didn't say anything about greys
     
  10. 23 seconds

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    ^ Supposedly it works for a lot of people. People have said that BM has made them healthier, but also has reduced grey hair, improved their arthritis, and a whole bunch of stuff. It wouldn't hurt to try it anyway, since its affordable and healthy for you anyway. I've noticed though that its easier to find in health food stores, though.
     

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