Mens Greying Hairs and Hair Dye

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Mens Greying Hairs and Hair Dye / Colour Causes and Solutions

The Colour of Hair

Colour is perhaps the most observable characteristic of hair.

What determines the colour of the hair? The colour of the hair is due to the presence of a pigment called melanin, which is formed in special pigment-producing cells -- the melanocytes -- in the hair bulb during the growing phase or anagen phase of each hair strand.

These melanocytes produce two types of melanin:

   1.   Eumelanin - the dark pigment which predominates in black and brunette hair

   2.   Pheomelanin - is yellow-red pigment which is found in red and blond hair

Many people's hair contains a mixture of the two. Differences between dark and light haired people are due to differences in the overall amounts of melanin in their hair. The more eumelani, the darker is the hair. The mix and the shade vary not only from one person to another, but also across a person's head.

The genes inherited from parents determine the precise mix of pigments that your melanocytes produce. This explains the similarity of hair colour among family members. The individual’s genes determine the combination of pigments in the mixture.

The ends of the hair may look slightly lighter than the rest. This is due to the normal weathering that affects the hair. Heavily damaged hair, which is often brittle, tends to look lighter too.

How Hair Turns Grey:

Once a hair is produced by a hair follicle, its colour does not change – so while a head of hair can turn grey over time, an individual hair does not actually turn grey. An individual hair may be pigmented or coloured brown, black, red, blonde. White hair occurs because the melanocytes have “run out” of pigment. Hair may also be grey when the amount of pigment is reduced. That is the reason why the chemicals, colourants, and dyes applied to hair may alter its colour temporarily, but once the hair has grown out, its true colour is again evident starting at the roots.

Ordinarily, grey hairs are hidden among the pigmented hairs. They only become quite noticeable when the pigmented hairs fall out over a prolonged period of time. The different texture of grey hair is due to reduced moisture that goes together with reduced pigment.

Grey hair is one of the most familiar signs of aging. The age when hair start to turn grey again depends on one's genetic inheritance. Loss of hair colour is due to a continuing decrease in melanin production in the hair bulb. Usually people notice their first grey hairs near their temples. Then the greyness extends to the crown, and later to the back of the head.

Grey Hair Myths and Facts:

The belief that plucking one grey hair and two more will grow back in its place is completely false.

Can hair turn grey over night? You have probably heard stories about people who were supposed to have 'gone white overnight' after some severe shock or grief. This is also false. Hair turns grey slowly over time. As people get older, the production of the colour pigment slows down and grey hair begins to appear.

Can you get grey hair from an anxiety or psychological shock or trauma? Studies have shown that if this does happen then it’s generally due to alopecia areata or hair loss in one or more round spots on the scalp. In an acute episode of alopecia areata, pigmented hairs fall off, leaving only the unpigmented or grey ones, thus giving the impression of grey hair overnight.

Smokers are 4 times more likely to have grey hair than nonsmokers and smoking has been conclusively linked to accelerated hair loss.

Grey hair is more noticeable in people with darker hair because it stands out and is more clearly visible, but people with lighter hair are just as likely to go grey.

Your chance having grey hair increases 10-20% every ten years after 30 years.

Grey hair can be harder to colour, as it is more resistant to hair colourants or hair dyes due to a decreased amount of melanin.

Premature greying has been associated with certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, vitiligo, vitamin B12 deficiency, and anemia. Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition whereby the melanocytes are destroyed, resulting in patches of hair and skin that become light in colour.

Management of Grey Hair:

The problem starts around the age of 30 in men and a little later in women when these pigment cells or melanocytes gradually stop producing melanin. Without this pigment, hair turns white or grey.

There are many grey hair treatments available. The best part about it is that there are little or almost no side affects to these remedies. Dyeing the hair darker is one of the most common ways of treating grey hair.

Hair Dyes:

Hair dyes are used to colour the human hair. The most common purpose it to cover grey hair and return it to its previous colour. It is also used to change hair colour to a shade that is more desirable.

Hair colouring products are typically categorized based on the length of time they affect the coloured hair. The four most common classifications are

   1.       Temporary – colour is removed after one to three shampoos. This hair colourant uses acid dyes that coat only the hair surface. This type is best used when more vibrant and exotic colour such as orange and red are desired.
   Products are in various  forms: shampoos, rinses, gels, and sprays.

   2.       Semi-permanent -this hair colourant deposits colour into hair follicles without using a hair developer. Semi-Permanent colours do not penetrate the cortex so the colour fades with each shampoo; colour stays up to 8 to 14 shampoos.

   3.       Demi-permanent – do not contain ammonia but contain a small amount of peroxide, which subtly enhances your colour. It also blends and covers grey and colour stays for up to 12 to 28 shampoos.

   4.       Permanent – colour will not be removed even with repeated shampooing. This contains a developer (hydrogen peroxide) and an alkalizing agent (ammonia substitute) that penetrates the hair fibers, break up the melanin, and replace melanin
             with a   new hair colour.

How to Choose the Right Hair colour

Having grey hair is something that we cannot control. Aging brings about a natural event that turns the colour of hair into shades of grey. When you start to see some of these signs, it is time to turn to some of the grey hair remedies. The choice should be based on an analysis of your natural hair colour, eye colour and skin tone.

When in doubt, don't make drastic changes. Minimize the possible unpleasant results by colouring only a few shades lighter or darker than your original hair colour.

Right hair colour dyes have an added advantage of calming down hair that tends to dry out and frizz and have the advantage of making hair shinier and have better texture.
Hair colour for Men:

Is there a difference between women’s hair dye and men’s hair dye?

The main reason why women colour their hair is to achieve an impressive look. Getting a new hair colour is a quick way to achieve a new look.

Men grey sooner than women. Today, more and more men are also colouring their hair but it is primarily to cover grey hair. For men, it is essential that the hair colour effect still looks natural. Obvious dye jobs that remind you of someone slathering their head with black polish is a far bigger turnoff than grey hair.

So for men, it is important to choose hair dyes that colour the grey hair with subtle tones that match the natural hair colour ( Just for Men Hair Colour ). Due to high salon prices, more and more people choose to dye their own hair. The rule in maintaining hair colour is to take care of the hair and choose the brands that cause little or no damage to the hair strands.

Other methods of managing grey hair:

Folic acid and vitamin B6 play an important role in delaying greying of hair.  Consider hair supplements which contain some or all of these ingredients (eg  Pil Food hair supplements). Nourishment and correct grooming is very important to keep the hair texture, growth, shine and luster in a good condition. Avoid using harsh shampoos with chemicals and instead go the natural way. We highly recommend the Nisim Biofactors range which is a nourishing hair range and has very good results for controlling hair loss and scalp problems. Another interesting treatment, new to the market, is  the Re: Nu serum  by Joico (Shiseido, Japan). Re:nual Serum nourishes the scalp environment, enhancing natural melanin  production and strengthening hair follicles for the optimal growth of healthy, pigmented hair, with scientifically-proven Japanese ingredients:
  • Panax Ginseng Extract: Activates cells in the hair follicle to promote healthy development of hair, improving elasticity and strength.
  • Japanese Sansho Pepper: Activates pigment-producing melanocytes and promotes their migration back into the follicle to reduce growth of new gray hair.
  • Hops Extract: Increases the number of melanocytes in the hair follicle.

In January 2007, laser combs received FDA clearance, allowing it to be used safely as a treatment promoting hair growth. Laser combs (eg HairMax Laser Comb) use low-level laser therapy to stimulate hair growth. However, some patients have also noticed a reduction in their grey hair colour.

One clinical trial for laser combs that was submitted to the FDA clinical trial involved five male subjects with ages ranging from 21 years to 59 years. In all subjects there was an increased hair count with the average increase being between 40 to 55%. Two patients also noticed a darkening of hair (decreased amount of grey hairs). Any products with FDA approval should be regarded highly as the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration). The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
Massaging brushes ( Nisim Scalp Massaging Brush ) can be used to massage the scalp as you style hair. Massaging brushes help to stimulate the scalp and promote new hair growth. The massaging action also allows more blood to flow to the scalp and the hair follicles. Increased blood flow is good for the hair and scalp. Hair receives more nourishment through improved circulation and this also facilitates in addressing grey hair problems.

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