ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: HAIR
Treating Greying Hair
Approaches To Treating Grey Hair
Three approaches to treating greying hair
- Oral Hair Nutrition
- Topical Hair Nutrition
- Medical Grey Hair Treatments
- Cosmetic Grey Hair Treatments
Oral Nutritional Treatments For Grey Hair
By replacing deficient vitamins and minerals, greying
of hair may be prevented, slowed or reversed.
B12 - can be taken in tablet form
3 - capsules and can be applied topically.
–calcium, copper and zinc supplementation sometimes
delays the onset of gray hair
Biotin - delays the onset of gray
hair and may retard the further progression of gray
Folic acid - helps to prevent gray
Inositol - has a protective effect
on Hair Follicles and via this protection of hair follicles
it sometimes prevents or halts the progression of gray
PABA - in approximately 10-25% of
cases, para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) use causes gray
or white hair to darken toward its original color [6-24
GRAMS per day is required]. Clinical trials support
- 200 mg of PABA per day for two months resulted in
marked darkening of the hair in nearly all participants.
- 200 mg of PABA combined with 100 mg of calcium
pantothenate and 50 mg of Brewer’s yeast per
day for eight months caused significant hair color
change in only two patients out of 33
- 6-24 grams of PABA per day for six weeks caused
dramatic hair color change and hair regrowth in 5
patients out of 20. With markedly grey hair (hair
color returned to grey within three to four weeks
of ceasing PABA treatment).
- there are many reliable anecdotal reports
claiming that human growth hormone [HGH] replacement
therapy has restored normal hair color to grey hair.
L-Tyrosine - Tyrosine is necessary
for melanin formation. A product known as Gleevec, which
reversed gray hair in some people who used it, is a
tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
DMAE - DMAE may not only affect coloring,
but also have a possible use in maintaining or restoring
restriction or Fasting - could slow down
the graying of hair.
Fo-Ti - herb
Jiaogulan (gynostemma) Tea - reported
to have a repigmentation effect if used for several
Topical Nutrient Application For Grey Hair
Retin-A combined with AHA [alpha-hydroxy
acid] - applied topically to the scalp is under investigation
as a means of returning grey hair to its original color.
[New York dermatologist, Jim Baral - claims to have
restored his hair color to normal after accidentally
smearing the mixture onto his scalp. His hair color
remained normal one year after the incident.]
SOD [superoxide dismutase] compound
- proposes to protect against graying, found in some
Omega 3 rich shampoo - works by penetrating
deep into the hair follicle to deliver unprecedented
nutrition to keep the hair follicle in its original
Pigments - Melanin can be encapsulated
within liposomes and applied topically to the scalp
in order to deliver melanin to the cells of hair follicles
where it is then utilized endogenously to "pump"
melanin which is responsible for hair color back into
otherwise gray hair.
Eugenol Oil - the principal active
ingredient in cloves and clove Oil, applied topically
to the scalp has been demonstrated to restore hair color.
Indian Amla Oil - enriches hair growth
and pigmentation, and increases the strength of hair
Ashwagandha - helps to prevent and
treat gray hair by increasing the melanin content of
Ligustrum - is used in China to prevent
Medical and Pharmaceutical Drugs For Grey Hair
Auxins - Dihydroxyl-5,6-indole (applied
topically) reverses gray Hair. This occurs via dihydroxyl-5,6-indole
functioning as a precursor molecule for the production
of melanin via a slow oxidation process. This compound
is not yet commercially-available.
Imatinib Mesylate - reverses gray hair
(this drug causes many toxic side effects).
Anticancer drug Gleevec - reversed
hair depigmentation as a side effect in some people
in a study reported in a letter to the New England Journal
Hair stem cell replacement therapy
– unproven as yet.
Cosmetic Treatments For Grey Hair
Semi-permanent dyes - made for coloring
gray hair have small molecules which pass through the
cuticle into the cortex without damaging the scales
of the cuticle. If you are concerned about chemically-treating
your hair, choose a non-ammonium vegetable colour, such
as henna, instead.
Sage - strong infusion of 100 grams
in 500 ml of water cosmetically disguises grey air.