I once asked whether there was a cure for grey (or gray) hair. There might be, because my hair is turning dark, or at least darker, and might be a case of grey hair reversal.
What occasioned that article was my posting the following pic some time ago:
Which in turn led a reader to comment that my hair was white. While I think of it as grey, it certainly is (was) white in sunlight.
However, my hair is now significantly darker. Check it out.
Admittedly, before and after comparisons aren’t great, and I still have plenty of grey hair. No one who saw me would say that I didn’t.
On the other hand, I have much darker hair than before. That’s not supposed to happen.
What’s going on?
Like the skin, hair is a marker for overall health and aging, so anti-aging interventions could, in theory, not only prevent grey hair but reverse it. The problem for the reversal of grey hair is whether the melanocytes, the cells that produce hair pigment, have permanently departed, or whether they can be revived. In the research I’ve read on this topic, no one seems to know.
Grey hair seems to be caused by excess hydrogen peroxide literally bleaching the hair, and this happens because of less catalase, the enzyme that neutralizes hydrogen peroxide, and greater oxidative stress from aging. If that’s the whole story on grey hair, then it seems that it could be reversed. There are indeed some cases in the scientific literature of people’s grey hair turning dark.
I attribute my darker hair to lowering my iron levels, which would lower the level of oxidative stress, including in hair follicles. But I admit that’s just a guess. My ferritin has gone from 137 to 55 at last check.
Aside from my usual anti-aging program, the only other thing I’ve added lately that I can think of is taking berberine, which could have an effect. My workouts and diet remain the same: lifting weights and a low-carbohydrate, whole food diet featuring plenty of meat, dairy, eggs, salads and vegetables, and virtually no processed foods.
So, what I’m saying is that if you commit to an anti-aging lifestyle, which is to say a healthy lifestyle, you may see some changes like grey hair turning dark(er).
Early grey hair runs in my family. My Dad had lots of grey hair in his early 40s.
My grey hair started in my 30s. I’m now 62.
I couldn’t guarantee this result for everyone, but it seems remarkable enough. As I said, that’s not supposed to happen.
After I wrote this, I made the following video, and in it I think you can actually see how much darker my hair has become.