Scientists have declared that grey hair could soon become a thing of the past now that the reason behind why people go grey has been established. The reason, apparently, behind greying hair is hydrogen peroxide (which hairdressers use to bleach hair from dark to light) naturally builds up in the hair follicle, causing hair to bleach itself from the inside out.
However, this greying process could be reversed with a so called antioxidant cocktail that allows “re-pigmentation” of hair, according to the results of a study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal.
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The discovery was made by a team investigating the skin disease vitiligo, which causes the loss of inherited skin and hair colour (and which the late popstar Michael Jackson was said to suffer from). The team of scientists discovered that “massive epidermal oxidative stress” lead to the build up of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles. It was found that patients treated with a drug known as pseudocatalase, which is activated via sunlight, experienced the pigment of their skin and eyelashes returning.
According to the journal’s editor, the same kind of treatment could be developed to allow the re-pigmentation of grey hair. However, whilst the end to grey hair could make a big difference to people trying to treat the signs of ageing, as well as those with vitiligo, there is still the issue of how to tackle genetic male hair loss.
Male pattern balding, the type of hair loss that affects 95 per cent of men experiencing noticeable shedding, cannot be ‘cured,’ but it can be treated to both halt the rate of hair loss and potentially regrow areas of thinning via a hair loss treatment programme.
Hair Loss: The Other Sign Of Ageing
To be effective, any hair loss treatment regime would need to contain at least one of the only two medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA as a hair loss treatment. The first of these, Propecia (finasteride 1mg), works by blocking DHT, the hormone that causes hair follicles atop the scalp to shrink and produce weaker hair, over time causing them to cease hair production altogether. Propecia is great for treating all over thinning and a thinning crown.
The second proven medication, minoxidil, helps to accelerate regrowth when applied to the scalp in the relevant areas as advised by your hair loss specialist nurse. It can be used in the comfort of your own home, meaning that clients only need visit our London clinics for check-ups to chart their progress. Belgravia offers a number of high strength minoxidil products which have been seen to be especially effective for treating stubborn hair loss, such as a receding hairline.
Alongside these two highly complementary medications, a hair loss specialist can also put together a range of treatment boosters, which can ensure that your hair is kept healthy and looking good, whilst aiming to regrow hair at the fastest rate possible. The FDA cleared LaserComb is just one such booster, and can stimulate new hair growth and potentially speed it up, too.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.