A cure for grey hair

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It isn’t a new type of dye, or a fancy headscarf. New research may have found a way to reverse grey hair, turning it back to its original colour.

A team of European researchers has found that those who are going grey do so because they begin to develop ‘massive oxidative stress’ via accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle. What this essentially means is that because the body causes hydrogen peroxide to build up inside the hair follicle, the hair bleaches itself from the inside out.

The research team has also found a way to remedy the build-up of hydrogen peroxide. They have developed a treatment described as a “topical, UVB-activated compound” called PC-KUS. The treatment also works for the skin condition vitiligo, in which a person starts to lose pigmentation in patches of their skin, leaving them covered in pale blotches.

Karin U. Schallreuter, MD, the author of the study from the Institute for Pigmentary Disorders, along with her colleagues, analysed an international group of 2411 patients with vitiligo to come up with this treatment.

“For generations, numerous remedies have been concocted to hide grey hair,” said Editor-in-Chief, Gerald Weissmann, MD, from The FASEB Journal, where the study was originally published. “Now, for the first time, an actual treatment that gets to the root of the problem has been developed. While this is exciting news, what’s even more exciting is that this also works for vitiligo. This condition, while technically cosmetic, can have serious socio-emotional effects on people. Developing an effective treatment for this condition has the potential to radically improve many people’s lives.”

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    No thanks, I prefer to grow older disgracefully, long greying hair included…..

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    Ah—-ahahahahahah! Rachel! A cure for grey hair? Ah—-ahahahahahah. Sounds like an addition to the endless ‘scientifically researched’ cures for baldness. Thanks Rachel I needed a good laugh…Ah—-ahahahah.

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    Unfortunately, this is likely to be a bit of a furphy and a good case of ‘PR – media spin’ usurping the basic science. The study was very small (n = 10 I think) and was aimed AT vitiligo and NOT grey hair. See:

    http://www.
    hs.uk/news/2013/05May/Pages/No-evidence-of-cure-to-prevent-hair-going-grey.aspx

    At this stage, all ‘grey hair cure’ reports seem to be ‘good’ examples of poor to bad science reporting

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    The hair dye companies are not going to like this.

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    Since I have stopped putting colour in my hair, I feel more alive and have accepted that my hair is going grey and it is much healthier and shiny than it was with the colour.
    Like Penqueen, I want to grow old gracefully.

    My father is almost 88, has a healthy full head of grey hair, and only washes it with soap.

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      Poppsy, good for you. 🙂 I do consider that I’m growing older ‘disgracefully’ because these days it seems to be excepted by society that grey hair is to be dyed no matter your age. I totally accept the changes to my appearance and I’m of the opinion that if others don’t like it well tough bikkies to them.
      Recently I wanted to donate my ‘pony tail’ to be made into a free wig for a cancer patient however no one in Australia takes grey human hair for this purpose. They stipulate no grey and or coloured hair yet in the US there are places that use grey hair for seniors with cancer. It takes eight ponytails to make a full human hair wig for a cancer patient.

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      I agree Poppsy. I’ve stopped colouring my hair in the last year – it’s now white and looks and feels fine. Hair colouring is certainly industry-driven. Look at the population now – from 13 upwards, everyone seems to colour!. In the old days, hairdressers just cut your hair! Yes, it’s a huge industry and one I no longer need 🙂

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    Yes, like most research, it’ll take another ten years but in the meantime, just keep sending the money.

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    I often wondered if it is all the harsh chemical that people use to wash their hair and style it? Oxidation is from an over acid diet,best to feed your body lots of alkaline foods and get a filter on your tap water,chlorine is damaging too.

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    Why the mistaken idea that greying hair makes you look old? It’s not the hair, it’s the skin that’s visually ageing.Uneven skin tone, dry rough surface give the game away at a glance. And, no, a deep suntan that makes you look like leather is no disguise either.If your hair is clean, healthy and shiny and matches your skin colour it is not ageing at all.Colouring is for mugs.

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      like the above, i died my hair when the greys started to show, then when it was almost my full head i was dyeing and not just the roots, i gave up, im happy to say im now a lovey silver,the shampoo i use gives it a lovely shine, plus i save about $20 a month ,

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      like the above, i died my hair when the greys started to show, then when it was almost my full head i was dyeing and not just the roots, i gave up, im happy to say im now a lovey silver,the shampoo i use gives it a lovely shine, plus i save about $20 a month ,

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      like the above, i died my hair when the greys started to show, then when it was almost my full head i was dyeing and not just the roots, i gave up, im happy to say im now a lovey silver,the shampoo i use gives it a lovely shine, plus i save about $20 a month ,

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      like the above, i died my hair when the greys started to show, then when it was almost my full head i was dyeing and not just the roots, i gave up, im happy to say im now a lovey silver,the shampoo i use gives it a lovely shine, plus i save about $20 a month ,

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      like the above, i died my hair when the greys started to show, then when it was almost my full head i was dyeing and not just the roots, i gave up, im happy to say im now a lovey silver,the shampoo i use gives it a lovely shine, plus i save about $20 a month ,

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      like the above, i died my hair when the greys started to show, then when it was almost my full head i was dyeing and not just the roots, i gave up, im happy to say im now a lovey silver,the shampoo i use gives it a lovely shine, plus i save about $20 a month ,

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      like the above, i died my hair when the greys started to show, then when it was almost my full head i was dyeing and not just the roots, i gave up, im happy to say im now a lovey silver,the shampoo i use gives it a lovely shine, plus i save about $20 a month ,

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      I saw Florence Henderson (Carol Brady) on TV last night still with blonde hair at 79 years of age, obviously dyed…..Her face was flawless, as smooth as a baby’s bottom then I see her excessively wrinkly neck, like she was 90. I thought no way, ‘I’ll age as nature intended.’……

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    To Catsahoy, does that mean you saved $140 per month 🙂

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    It simply means that Catsahoy got caught as I have un the past when I tried to comment on a subject it oten appears that the answer is not going then suddenly off it goes not necessarily 7 times but often 2 or 3.

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