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Scientists Discover a Possible Cure for Gray Hair

Photo credit: Rikard Elofsson

Photo credit: Rikard Elofsson

Many media outlets out of the UK, including The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, and The Independent shared the news yesterday that scientists may be close to a cure for gray hair. Can it be true? I’m a hairstylist so I’m not sure if I should be happy for myself and my graying friends or sad about the potential loss of income!

Researchers from the E.M. Arndt University in Germany and the University of Bradford in the UK conducted a study on vitiligo, a condition that causes the loss of pigment in one’s skin. They discovered the “bleaching” is caused by an accumulation of hydrogen peroxide created by oxidative stress. The team then treated 2,411 patients with vitiligo with a modified pseudocatalase activated by sunlight. This proprietary topical treatment was effective at restoring pigment to skin and eyelashes.

Theoretically, this discovery could work on hair that’s lost its pigment as well. It certainly seems promising from the press release issued from FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology), the organization that published the study. However, I predict a lot more research will need to be done before I lose my day job.

References

Gray, Louise. “Grey hair ‘a thing of the past’ after scientist discover why follicles become discoloured.” The Telegraph, 6 May 2013.

Wilkinson, Tom. “Is this the end of costly dyes? Scientists working on cure for grey hair.” The Independent, 6 May 2013.

“A cure for grey hair? Scientists say they will soon able to REVERSE change without surgery or dyes.” Daily Mail, 5 May 2013.

 

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