A cure for grey hair

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.”

Read more at the Science Daily website