50 Shades of Grey


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Old age happens to everybody at some point no matter how hard to try to deceive people. Americans spend $42.5 billion a year attempting to shield their age just through hair dye, not even including anti-aging creams, skin surgery, etc. 

What I originally assumed about gray hair was just that our bodies were too old to be functioning the same way. As this article: http://www.cracked.com/article_19195_7-simple-questions-you-wont-believe-science-just-answered.html states, they relate ink cartridges to our hair pigments. Once you run out, that's it. However, this is not the case.

You do not simply "run out" of melanin. Your body produces hydrogen peroxide, the same chemical found in hair bleach, and builds up to a point that all the melanin is blocked from working. This process is what ultimately causes the greying hair.

The actual study that was performed to figure out this information involved researchers examining cell cultures of hair follicles. They realized that as we age, we have low levels of the enzyme that break up hydrogen peroxide, leading to lower resistance of non-pigmented hair.

This knowledge increases the possibility of a "cure" for white hair! As long as we know what actually goes on to make this process happen, we are a step closer to figuring out how to stop it.

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Here is another article saying we might be on the way to creating enzyme supplements to prevent aging hair color: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/06/gray-hair-pills/2388619/

This idea intrigued me because I have close friends in their 20s who are already graying severely, and will look like grandpas in the next couple years. The fact it happens so early on is highly impacted by genetics.

For those of us who fear the day a gray hair shows up, there is always the option of hair dye.

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I love the title you used! Have you read the book yet? Just curious, but back to your blog I find it interesting on why we get gray hair. I am in FEAR of getting gray hair. I wonder is there a way we can increase the level of the enzyme that breaks up hydrogen peroxide to decrease the gray hairs? I see you put up an article about enzyme supplements to keep hair from getting gray and the product was "Go Away Gray: All Natural Hair Color Restoration". Have you looked up hidden chemicals in "Natural hair" products that seem to be hidden? Here is a link to The Hidden Dangers Of Hair Color: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/the-hidden-dangers-of-hair-colour.html. It'll be good to check out. Hey at the end of the day, you can embrace and feel confident about your grey hair.

I love the title you used! Have you read the book yet? Just curious, but back to your blog I find it interesting on why we get gray hair. I am in FEAR of getting gray hair. I wonder is there a way we can increase the level of the enzyme that breaks up hydrogen peroxide to decrease the gray hairs? I see you put up an article about enzyme supplements to keep hair from getting gray and the product was "Go Away Gray: All Natural Hair Color Restoration". Have you looked up hidden chemicals in "Natural hair" products that seem to be hidden? Here is a link to The Hidden Dangers Of Hair Color: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/the-hidden-dangers-of-hair-colour.html. It'll be good to check out. Hey at the end of the day, you can embrace and feel confident about your grey hair.

At first I clicked on this because I thought it was going to be about the book and I was thinking wow this is going to be good! But still it was a really interesting post! Since I was little my mom has gotten her hair died, legit since before I can even remember! I always imagined that one day that would be me but how crazy is it that there could be a cure to grey hair haha or that someone would've even thought to think of that! This site said something about using high fructose corn syrup to reverse the effects! http://www.livescience.com/29347-treatment-for-gray-hair-vitiligo.html

I find it very interesting that science is coming up for a way to "cure" this problem, but honestly, it's not much of a problem. I think it's the natural aging process and can be beautiful. Not every man or woman may agree with this, but I don't think that age is something that should be so greatly feared.

The science behind the grey hair is interesting. As just a part of the normal aging process, without science, nothing can change the fact that genetics causes this phenomena.

This site puts the "going gray" process into laymen terms. (It's a kids website, my kind of science site)
http://kidshealth.org/kid/grownup/getting_older/gray_hair.html

It seems pretty clear that aging is a huge factor, but I've also heard of other things contributing to grey hair such as stress levels. I've just noticed one of my friends, who is in a very difficult major and seems to have an exceptional amount of stress in his life, start to grow grey hairs, but both his mom and dad barely have any. WebMd addresses this theory here, http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-health-11/hair-stress-effect.

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