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 baldness, the type of hair loss that affects 95 per cent of men with noticeable shedding, cannot be ‘cured,’ but it can be treated.
Whilst thinning hair caused by androgenetic alopecia can technically start any time following puberty in predisposed individuals, many surveys and studies have found that men and women who are losing their hair look older than they actually are.
Managing genetic thinning can be possible by following a hair loss treatment programme which contains at least one of the only two medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for this specific purpose.
One topical solution and one oral tablet are the only currently clinically-proven treatments officially recognised in these ways by the UK and USA’s medical regulatory bodies for the treatment of male pattern baldness.
Additionally, non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products can be used to help strengthen the hair, stimulate the follicles and promote the maintenance of normal hair growth.
With the addition of on-going monitoring and support, it is an approach that has worked – and continues to work – for many Belgravia clients, just some of whom can be seen before and after starting their custom courses, in our Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.
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.