There’s a sign of aging that goes beyond wrinkles, sagging facial muscles and a tired look: graying hair. Unfortunately, hair can turn grey at any age, in men and women alike – probably this explains why hair dyes were probably one of the first “anti-aging” cosmetic treatments ever created. There are, however, new advances in science which make it so that gray hair treatments are not only limited to hair dyes.
There are several approaches that could be resorted to in combating the onset of graying hair.
There are three basic approaches to the issue of greying hair:
Speaking of traditional solutions, nothing beats hair dying: it’s common, economic, and efficient. The best hair dyes are formulated so that the pigments can penetrate the hair cuticles without causing damage; and not all of them employ strongchemicals in their formulas, such as ammonia, which can be damaging; there are also hair dyes that use vegetable colors, for example henna and sage.
The same substance, melanin, gives skin color as well as hair color, and is also a key factor in determining whether a person will tan or burn in the sun. Aging unfortunately slows down the production of melanin in the body, and medical treatments for graying hair aim at reversing this decrease in production. Auxins, Imatinib Mesylate and Gleever are the drugs supplied to this purpose – qualified physicians will not prescribe others which may cause side effects, or none at all.
Application of Topical Nutrients
An ancient, tried-and-true solution for the problem of graying hair is improving hair nutrition by applying specific substances. Here are
Eugenol Oil – Coming from cloves, and applied topically, Eugenol oil has been proven to be a great help in restoring hair color.
Amla Oil – effects of this oil are a general strengthening of hair follicles and an increase in pigmentation and hair growth.
Ligustrum – The Chinese have used this since ancient times to prevent graying of hair.
Ashwagandha – This substances acts on melanin, giving back natural color to graying hair.
Superoxide Dismutase – These are often found in hair gels, and they help protect against premature graying of the hair.
Shampoos with Omega-3 – Omega 3 are anti-oxidants, substances which help against cellular degradation in general. In the case of hair, they nourish the follicle, which keeps hair healthy and colored. Melanin – In some cases, melanin can be applied topically on the head itself.
Retin A – When combined with alpha-hydroxyl acid are powerful agents that give back the hairs natural color.
Other kinds of hair nutrients, such as vitamin 12, minerals, Biotin, folic acid, Para – Aminobenzoic Acid, and Inositol, can be taken orally, even in combination with other drugs, as capsules or tablets