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Why Hair Turns Gray

Posted on 18 November 2011 in Daily Daisy by Daisy

Clients occasionally inquire why hair turns gray. Of all my research, appears several opinions. I will put together the answers I’ve observed in a nut shell. To me, hair color pigment (melanin) can be compared to a plant suddenly blooming flowers before it completes its life cycle. Just prior to hair turning white, melanin is produced in abundance, going darker (pepper) before it totally declines of pigment (salt) within the keratin of the hair. This reduction of pigment happens individually to single strands at different rates over time giving one salt and pepper hair, eventually becoming all salt. Lastly, scientist have found amounts of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles, which can add to the decrease in hair pigment and hair loss. For optimum gray hair coverage, for women: hair color is best vibrant while natural looking hair color for men is absolutely essential. For men in particular, showing no regrowth in-between salon visits is preferred; best to be just gray than having evidence of colored hair, in my opinion. This is possible when certain hair color products are used or certain procedures are used to provide no regrowth line at scalp. Or wear your gray hair with pride!

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