Hair color. It’s something most of us take for granted. It’s the old story of not knowing what you have until it’s gone and hair color is no exception. With all the other problems and complexities in life, the color of ones hair is not usually an issue; until that is, it begins to turn gray. To understand why hair turns gray, and in many cases followed by white, we first need to understand why our hair has color to begin with. The actual hair shaft is translucent. This means the hair shaft has no color and is see through although somewhat cloudy in appearance. At the end of the hair shaft, inside the scalp, is a pocket attached to the base of the hair shaft itself. This pocket is referred to as the hair follicle. It is this follicle that plays the key role in determining what color a person’s hair will be.
The color of a person’s hair is determined within this hair follicle through the wonder of nature. The human body produces a chemical called, melanin within the follicle. This melanin acts as a color darkening agent. The melanin combines inside the hair follicle with other chemicals and enzymes unique to you which your body also produces. It is this mixture which will determine what color your hair actually is. Simply put, the amount of melanin in your hair determines your hair color. People with dark hair have more melanin than people with light hair. If your hair is black, your body produces more melanin than someone with brown hair. If your hair color is blond, you have less melanin than a person with brown hair. It is this individual combination within the hair follicle which will determine the color of ones hair. Conversely, it is within this follicle that the inevitable lack of this precious combination will cause graying hair and eventually grey hair.
Now that we understand why a person has a particular hair color, we can explain why we lose this color and the hair turns gray. This occurrence is very natural and is part of everyone’s ageing process. As we age, the body produces less of a lot of things we had an abundance of when we were younger. Sight may diminish, hearing loss, muscle tone and mass, as well as energy and other complex matters and bodily functions. The melanin within the hair follicle is no exception. The older you get, the less melanin your body produces. Without the normal levels of melanin inside the hair follicle to blend with the other chemicals and enzymes, the less color can be established and the hair begins to turn gray. At first it is just a single hair or two. This graying process usually accelerates as the late twenties arrive and certainly in the thirties. This time estimate for the arrival of grey hair is just that, an estimate. Depending on numerous variables, some people will experience gray hair earlier than some and others will not have greying hair until later in life.
This occurrence, although very natural, is almost never welcomed. It is a wake up call to our mortal makeup. It brings us to the realization of ageing and the fact that we are getting older and there is nothing we can do about it. Gray hair usually is accompanied by other unpleasant feelings as well. Some people become self conscious and feel embarrassed. Some withdraw from social events. Other lose self confidence. Many people have a number of these feelings or all of them at the same time. In any event, they are not pleasant, not welcomed, and not something any of us need at that time in our lives. It is at this time we are most vulnerable. We seek out a cure for the gray hair syndrome. Many people become victims to a plethora of products claiming to provide this cure. As you may know, marketing is almost always the key to sales in anything. Products for combating grey hair are varied and numerous and marketed in many ways. Let’s now look at some of these products.
If you’re like most people who turn grey, the first thing you’ll try is a hair dye. With all the advertising these companies do and the unlimited choices at the corner pharmacy or market, it certainly seems like the right choice. You couldn’t be more wrong. With hair dye, once you color your grey hair, you are instantly trapped into performing the same mistake over and over again. If you don’t continue to color your hair, you will no doubt be deemed guilty by your peers for using a dye. It will be very obvious. They may not say anything to you, but they’ll know. Sure it looks good almost instantly, but in the next few days or certainly a week, the gray roots grow out and are VERY noticeable against the newly colored hair. You are forced into covering up the roots so no one notices. This is what is known as a vicious cycle with no real solution, just an ongoing cover up. The big day will come when you decide to stop coloring your grey hair or if you develop an allergy or sensitivity to the harsh chemicals in these dyes. In what will seem like overnight, you will go from hair with color to a full head of gray hair. People will notice. Hair dye manufacturers make millions upon millions of dollars every year with these goods but do not offer the consumer an easy way out should they decide to go that route. Bear in mind that all the while you are coloring your gray hair, the army of gray soldiers is growing larger and larger. This occurrence may not be obvious until you stop coloring and then you’ll see just how the graying hair has overcome your natural hair color. This is not a real solution for grey hair.
There are other gray hair remedies out there which, like hair dye, are either just as bad or will not work at all. Some companies brag about vitamin supplements, all kinds of herbs, exotic animal oils, pills, roots, certain exercises and diets and a whole host of other so called solutions which are nothing more than a waste of your money. If you remember what we spoke about on the previous page, about the lack of melanin inside the hair follicle being the reason for hair which turns grey, then these alternate remedies have no way to work. The only way to restore your natural hair color is to get more melanin or something like melanin back into the hair follicle. Then and only then, will your own body have a fighting chance to rejuvenate the color of your hair to the way it was. This may seem impossible but there is a way.
The solution to graying hair is getting melanin or a melanin substitute to the hair follicle. Once there, it will blend with all the other chemicals and enzymes to produce color in your graying hairs. The solution is two fold. First you need a substance to fill in for this depleted melanin and second, you need to get it to the hair follicle. Getting this substance to the follicle actually will be quite simple. Looking at the picture here, it is easy to see that the hair shaft extends above and below the scalp line. At the bottom end of the hair shaft is the hair follicle. Fortunately, the hair shaft itself is somewhat absorbent. When it is relaxed, it can act as a direct pathway to the follicle. A topical product (one which can be applied directly to the hair) makes the most sense. Once applied, it could stay on the hair until it performs its intended purpose.
The second part of the solution to greying hair is also not difficult. The Youthair product, when applied to the hair shaft under certain conditions, can be absorbed by the hair shaft. Once absorbed, in time, it will make its way to the hair follicle where it will trick the follicle into thinking melanin is being produced again by the body. The blending of these ingredients will once again manufacture color to the hairs which are graying. One feature of this restored color, will be that it is natural. It will actually be your own natural hair color. There will be no gray roots since the color change does take place below the scalp line, unlike hair dye. It will not wash out or sweat out. It will not run or rub off. It will not fade or turn some unusually strange color. It will be real, natural looking color. The same color you were born with. Since all people are different in some way, matching of hair color can be tough to do. You want it to look realistic and not fake. Since this product will blend with your natural chemicals and enzymes within the hair follicle, the color you achieve will be unique to you and nobody else.