FINALLY! Is Gray Hair A Thing of The Past?

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 3:34 pm
  • October 6, 2011

Gray hair be gone?

It’s always been an inevitability… eventually your luscious blond, brown or black tresses would start sprouting in varying shades of silver and gray, making it harder and harder to hide your true age. Outside of giving your life over to the dye bottle, there wasn’t much that we could do. Until now?

MSNBC reported this week that L’Oreal is claiming to (almost) have the answer, in the shape of a pill. L’Oreal’s mad scientists have been experimenting with an anti-gray pill for nearly a decade and are allegedly setting it’s due date at 2015.

MSNBC explains how it’s supposed to work:

The pill, scheduled to become available in 2015, contains an undisclosed fruit extract that mimics the chemical tyrosinase-related protein or TRP-2, an enzyme that protects pigmentation production, the company has said. The goal of the fruit extract pill is to prevent oxidative stress, a process that occurs when hair cells succumb to antioxidants and turn gray, L’Oreal officials say.

But here’s the rub (oh, you knew it was coming): If your hair has already turned gray, you’re out of luck. You have to take the pill for at least 10 years before your hair turns gray—and then after that, you have to take it for life. (Yes, it seems the ‘science’ is more a genetic guessing game as to ‘when’ your hair will decide to go all-silver-foxy.)

And then there’s the pesky issue of what taking such a pill might to do your body. Assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, makes the point that some people never go gray and she asks, “How is it going to affect the skin and the organs?”

What do you think? Would you? Should you?

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