Posted by Dr. Margo Weishar
A Note from Springhouse Dermatology: Over the past few years, we’ve had several people contact us about grey hair treatments. We don’t want you to be disappointed, so before you start reading we want you to know that, currently, there is no proven way to permanently treat grey hair. For the time being, you’ll have to stick to the old-fashioned methods of tinting and dying if you want to banish those stray greys.
We do offer a revolutionary treatment to treat thinning hair. This non-surgical treatment uses platelet-rich plasma to treat signs of hair loss and balding. If you’d like to learn more about PRP for hair loss or any of our other non-surgical cosmetic treatments, we invite you to contact us today!
Those of us over a “certain age” are mystified by the trend among younger people to dye their hair grey as a fashion statement. In our culture grey hair is “distinguished” for men, and “a constant struggle” for most women. I remember fondly the days when I would have my hair colored just for fun rather than as a constant battle against the realities of aging. Not that I don’t love all grey hair on a man or woman- its a beautiful look that works so well for some, not well at all for others. But imagine a day when you will be able to decide whether to love it or leave it behind forever?
Hair color is determined by the type and concentration of the pigment molecule Melanin in the hair. The more melanin the darker the hair. Red shades are caused by a special type of melanin. Hair begins to turn gray when the cells producing the melanin in the hair follicle give out. Different types of grey – salt and pepper, silver, white are an optical illusion cause by the mixture of some dark hairs with the white hair.
Recent scientific studies from different sources have been published that shed light on the process of greying and give some hope for being able to avoid greying altogether in the future.