Who knew gray hair was a "disease??"

United States
October 29, 2009 9:43am CST
I was reading an article this morning, and it said that L'oreal is about to come out with a pill to "cure" gray hair. Um, they made is sound as though gray hair, a perfectly natural occurance, was some kind of disease that need fixing! Have you heard of this yet? Would you take a pill to get rid of gray hair? We want to stay healthy, so I wonder...how wise is it to put something into our bodies that goes through the entire system and has the power actually change our hair color?? What is your take on this? Karen
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• Boston, Massachusetts
29 Oct 09
Hi Ms. K, So the company is not contented with hair color and now invented this pill to answer gray hair problem...wow! It's a natural thing for all of us to have gray hair as we age so why i there a need for us to change its nature? Hair coloring is acceptable for me but not taking a pill to change the color of my hair-- i am old and i am sure sure about its side effects. Taking that pill might create other problem that can complicate things.
• United States
29 Oct 09
Yes, Ms, I'm sure the company is savvy to the fact that most people prefer the quick and easy road a pill might offer as opposed to the dying process. And of course they are aware of how many seek to hang on to the notion of looking young, even as they continue to age on the inside. I am old, too, and perfectly okay with it! At present, I don't even color my hair. It has grays, but the process seems to be occuring slowly as it did with my mother and her father. Karen
• Boston, Massachusetts
30 Oct 09
If time comes that i will have gray hair too i will be proud to have it. Gray hair for me symbolizes wisdom and that means i am blessed with so much experiences to share with especially those insignts and learnings--the wisdom of the oldies. That's why i am missing my granny so much. I learned so much from them. I know in time i will have my share of gray hair too and i will be proud to have them--no hiar dying as what my mom is doing. She enjoys her gray hair and hates dying it.
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• United States
30 Oct 09
I feel the same as you! My mom is now 86 and has always taken a natural route to caring for herself, and she is beautiful and healthy for her age.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
29 Oct 09
That is hilarious but there is already a pill for it -- B vitamins!
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Canellita, that "cure" bit made me chuckle, too. I have grays, but not a lot and I'm doing nothing to fight them, but I do take B100 complex every day, and have for years, but for other reasons. I've never heard of them as a slow-down for going gray, so that is another new thing learned today :) Karen
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
30 Oct 09
There has been all kinds of "evidence" presented about what causes gray. I don't remember wich of the B vitamins is supposedly responsible but it was the most credible thing I'd seen/heard at the time. If it were a matter of stress we would all have it by the time we were teenagers. It is definitely connected to nutrition, though perhaps not entirely because hormones are likely a part of it. The root cause possibly starts when we are still embryos. I knew someone in 7th grade who had gray hair.
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• United States
30 Oct 09
I've also known a few very young people with graying hair. 99% of the time it is not a deficiency, but a heredity thing. Most people go gray as they age...just like most skin gets lines, etc.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I think it sounds like a bunch of bull. It is ridicolous the they try to sell a product. I have been waiting for mr. clean for years to come clean my house but he has never shown up.
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Jo. I agree. People literally risk their lives with surgeries and pills and all kinds of risky things in some effort to look forever young...or at least younger. LOL, Mr. Clean has not showed up here with his magic mop either! Karen
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• United States
30 Oct 09
It's amazing what lengths people go for vanity. I'm not implying that taking care of yourself well into you golden years is a bad thing, it just seems taking a pill is not always the answer. Well, maybe for the color of hair because as far as I know there are no such diets/exercise or lifestyle methodologies that can guarantee gray hair reduction other than a "stress-free" life. The mere fact is, that neither science nor ancient wisdom can soundly claim the elixir to everlasting vibrant hair.
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• United States
30 Oct 09
I think you're right...graying is usually a natural part of aging and happens earlier for some than for others. We all like to look our best throughout our lives, but that doesn't have to involve going to extremes to look young. Ugh. We're aging on the inside each day, regardless of how well we disguise it on the outside. Some people are just happier with themselves looking perpetually younger, I suppose. No pills that aren't necessary for me! Karen
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@dpk262006 (56599)
• Delhi, India
29 Oct 09
Hi Karen! I keep observing that many people (specially women) are scared of gray hair and they keep using products of companies like L'oreal to color their hair so that they could look young. They not only do it themselves, but also encourage other women to follow their path. On the surface, there is nothing wrong in looking young, but I feel chemicals in colors permanently destroy texture and tone of hair and it is irreversible process. I believe that great percentage of men/women would like to go for a pill, which can stop gray hair. Personally speaking I won't like to color my hair or take a pill, let the natural process takes its own course.
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Deepak. You're right...many of the chemical dyes and bleaching processes are damaging to the hair and scalp, even in this day of having tried to make them less so. I've read a number of times, too, that black hair dye can sometimes lead to the development of cancers. Like you, I prefer to allow the aging process to occur naturally. Karen
@dpk262006 (56599)
• Delhi, India
31 Oct 09
Karen! You are not only practical but wise too.
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• United States
2 Nov 09
What a wonderful thing to say, Deepak. Thank you.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Hi Karen, I'm skeptical to say the least with this. Does it say what colour the hair of those with grey hair will go, will they all wake up with red hair the next day? Surely it makes more sense that if people start to go grey and don't like it that they use a bit of colour on it. Anyway I can't see the logic of a company that sells hair dyes producing something which will stop sales of their product, unless it only lasts a couple of weeks and is more expensive than their dye products.
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Thea. The hair color, supposedly, goes back to what is was before a person started getting gray hair. My guess is that not everyone will want to go so far as to take a pill, but some will. I imagine it is more expensive and has to be taken more often than a dye would have to be used. Hence, L'oreal would profit some way from both. Karen
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Well I won't be taking one Karen and hope I don't need any dye either. My hairdresser says I'm really lucky as don't have a single grey hair but my father is just starting to go grey now at 80 so maybe I'll get lucky too.
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• United States
30 Oct 09
I'm almost old now, and also have very few grays, but my mom is 86 and still has more dark hairs than gray, so I suppose I take after her. I'm leaving mine be! Karen
@peavey (16876)
• United States
29 Oct 09
There is no way I would take a pill to "cure" this horrible disease of gray hair. ;) I earned every gray hair I have and no one is taking them away from me. Seriously, people don't have a clue what they could be doing to themselves when they do things like this. I wonder what they tested it on?
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
29 Oct 09
Hi Karen, it's all about vanity isn't it! and the extent that people go to get it, from fat reducing pills (which some are suspect) to facelifts, cosmetic surgery and the list goes on, anything to stop us growing old, I am sure some people would swallow literally anything to make them a few months, years younger. Sure most of us don't want to grow old, but sadly we do grow old, we can attempt to stop it, but to the extent we go, well, sometimes I think we could actually inadvertantly harm ourselves by taking things which could prove toxic for our bodies! Which could actually shorten our lives, so by taking something that could be harmful to reduce old age could actually curtail our lives, if that makes sense?
• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Wolfie...pssst, for some would deny it, but yes, as near as I can tell it IS about vanity, and I would also throw in that it has something to do with the fear of aging and one's mortality, as well. The trouble with doing anything, mild or drastically dangerous, for looks sake, is that they give a false allusion of youth...via looks. On the inside, the body is still its "real" age. Yes, in a quest for youthful looks, many do damage, or in the cases of surgery and diet pills, die in that quest. A cruel irony! Karen
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Oct 09
hi peacefulwmn9 no I would not as if it changed my hair color' I would wonder what else if might do to my body. besides at my age gray hair is expected, and too I earned every one of those gray hairs. so I expect to look like I did too. he he Grey hair goes well with blue green eyes if it is kept clean and shining. besides my hair always smells good as I use Herbal essence shampoo and conditioner in herbal fragrances. I love its odor so much.
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Hatley, those would be my qualms, too. Anything that reaches the hair folicles via a pill must travel the rest of the body, too. Oooo, I love Herbal Essence, too, and alternate it with Sunsilk and Tressame. I've heard it's good to do that, and I like the variety. I'm easily excited by small things, like a trip to the grocery store or trying out new and nicely scented shampoo lol I'm going gray naturally, too! It hasn't been any rapid process with me, so I must take after my mom and grandpa. Karen
@amijor (234)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Graying hair is "treated" and not "cured". L'oreal might be using this word to create a frenzy among those women who are utterly afraid of gray hair that there is finally a "cure" to gray hair. They might not understand that to cure means to put an end and eradicate the reason of AND the symptoms of the disease or illness. Grey hair is not an illness but ONLY a symptom of a decreasing melanin no matter how early or late in life it appears. Grey hair in some people of young age may indicate that there is an early decline of melanin or there isn't just enough releasing hormones to make those hair pigments or colors. Being a symptom it only needs treatment; a COLOR TREATMENT. If the problem is with the master gland not secreting enough releasing hormone then that needs MEDICAL ATTENTION and not L'oreal's, a COSMETIC company, promise of a cure.
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@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I never knew that gray hair is a disease. I've always thought that it is part of the aging process, that's all. Except in cases of premature graying which I've read somewhere is a kind of disorder. I don't think I'll be willing to take that pill. It's difficult to visualize the fact that we will put something into our system that will go into all our organs and finally change the hair color. Well, L'oreal must have done a thorough research on this and conducted some experiments before they made that announcement. I am interested to know the details of their research and the scientific basis of their claims. I will look more into this. Meanwhile, the idea strikes me as something strange and questionable. I have lots of gray hair at the moment and haven't even tried using hair dyes. cheers!
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@posham (1237)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
maybe... a part of my hair got pulled by a toy when I was young... ever since that incident, all that grows there is white hair... It's just a few strands but it's annoying at times...
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Posham. My brother, since high school, has had a perfectly round spot of gray just on the crown of his head, but we've never been able to figure out why. Perhaps the toy incident did some sort of damage to your hair follicles? It is something that makes you unique though :) Karen
@marguicha (106241)
• Chile
29 Oct 09
I´m sure that grey hair is of genetic origin. I would not mess up with my body adding another pill to the many I have to take in my age. But I do think that if you don´t feel comfortable with gray hair, you should tint it. I do because I don´t like gray hair on me although it´s becoming on other people. Happy posting!
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Marguicha. Yes, almost always gray hair is a result of aging, and genetics determines how rapidly one developes gray hair. I agree that a tint would be preferable to a pill, since the pill would effect one's whole system. Karen
@solared (1210)
• United States
30 Oct 09
I have gray hair in my facial hair in the chin area, I've gotten used to it now. I just wonder what something like this would be made of protein,melatonin, I'm just curious to know.
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@hotsummer (10466)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
sometimes or many times having gray hair does not look bad in a person. i think it depends on the person. if the person looks young even a gray hair will not make him look old. i see some young people who has lots of gray hair already and they don't look old they look cute actually with those gray hair.
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• United States
30 Oct 09
Hello Summer :) I agree that gray hairs look fine on anyone who has them. The health, care, and style seems to determine it looking great or not so great more than anything else. Karen
• United States
8 Nov 09
oh no, theres a whole category of woman that would find that very handsome
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@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
1 Nov 09
Curing Grey hair! That is ridiculous! I would rather have grey hair than poison myself with chemicals! I believe that the best way to keep your hair your natural colour and not go grey is to keep your body chemical free in the first place by eating healthy and not coating your body in harsh chemicals. I think that it is these things that cause grey hair more than anything! Just my humble opinion!
• United States
2 Nov 09
My feelings, exactly. Gray hair is not a "disease" anyway. Some get it; some do not, no matter what they do. But I have to agree that good lifestyle habits do effect how well or ill one ages. Your humble opinion is always welcome here! Karen
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Nov 09
Thanks Karen
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• United States
2 Nov 09
You're welcome :)
@lelin1123 (15643)
• Puerto Rico
30 Oct 09
I can't believe that L'oreal would be coming out with a pill for this. Wouldn't they be afraid of losing customer when they stop buying the dyes. I believe more people buy the dye to cover the gray then to just change the color of their hair. I wouldn't take a pill because I'm just not one to take pills. I'm afraid of what the ramifications in the long run will be.
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• United States
30 Oct 09
Hi Lelin. I think they'll probably charge more for the pills than for their dyes, and those who are against taking a pill for everything will still use the dyes. I imagine they've done a lot of research to see how this will work out for them financially. Karen
@lelin1123 (15643)
• Puerto Rico
30 Oct 09
After thinking about it I bet there will be alot of people who will take the pill. They take a pill to lose weight and for other things why not for the hair color. I know I won't go thru such a thing.
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• United States
2 Nov 09
Yes, it seems there is a pill for everything these days, and many risk health for beauty every time. Ugh.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
21 Dec 09
I would love it. Grey hair is only a result of the pigment producing part of the hair shutting down. It's just part of the aging process. If I could jump start it and get my natural color back, I would be thrilled.
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• United States
22 Dec 09
Hi CatLady :) Some would, but I would fear taking something that affected my whole system to make the grey go away. You are brave lol. Karen
• Israel
22 Dec 09
I wouldn't worry. It will only help slow down the aging process. And to think how nice my hair would be without having to color it every month.
• India
7 Dec 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, I believe that getting grey hair should be restricted only after aging at old age. If it is pre-mature, it could be treated as a disese. Now a days it is very much seenamongyoungsters. So research has been doneand products to treat grey hairis order of the day. You may find following sie more helpful :- http://stevens-trichology.com/grey-hair.htm [b]"What is Grey hair? Grey hair doesn't actually exist. It is actually the colour produced by a mixture of white and naturally pigmented hairs. What gives our hair its colour? Melanocytes within the hair follicle produce melanin (colour pigment) from tyrosinase. There are 2 types: Eumelanin - produces brown and black pigments Pheomelanin - produces yellow and red pigments Your hair colour is produced from one both types of melanin. Why does our hair go grey? The production of melanin pigment ceases leaving the hair-shaft white. The mechanism is not fully understood. Is grey hair a sign of aging? Possibly but not neccessarily. De-pigmented (white) hair-shafts may have genetic or health implications. If I go grey prematurely, will my hair turn completely white? Possibly but not neccessarily. Time only can confirm this. Diseases / conditions that cause grey (white) hair:"[/b] May God bless YOu and have graet time.
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• United States
7 Dec 09
Hello my friend. It is good to see you! I agree that gray hair comes most often with age, but can also be noted among younger people. The website and the information is much appreciated. I did not know that rather than the hair turning the color of gray is more appropriately considered a loss of color pigmentation instead :) Karen
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• India
7 Dec 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, WE are with grey hairs incomplete. But we never resorted to any artificial method of making them again black . WE both consider, it is a waste of time and money. If God wants to show us like this, let it remain. But, no doubt youngsters must take a note and get this disease out at the earliest. May God bless You and have a great time.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
14 Nov 09
We all come to a stage in life where we do not care about the color of our hair and skin any more when we become responsible and have other priorities in the world. Till people attain that level they succumb to these new inventions of changing everything in our bodies which invites unnecessary side effects. Changing the the color of our our hearts and attitudes are the most needed thing in this present world.
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• United States
14 Nov 09
Very well-said, Balasri. We do indeed reach an age where we become content with our God-given looks and don't take unnecessary risks with our health in the name of looking forever young...which is impossible, anyway! Thank you :) Karen
@balasri (26553)
• India
15 Nov 09
Thanks.It is any time better to have a peaceful and healthy life than having black hair and stretched face skin.
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@Sreekala (24396)
• India
30 Oct 09
Hi Karen, Gray hair is not a disease but a situation of our body which can’t produce some hormone to colour the hair because of the aging process. This definition is suitable for the natural graying of hair but the pre-mature gray will be a disease. ‘Melanocytes’ (cells) started to die we lose the clour of our hair. Now many ayurvedic products are also available for preventing gray. In my opinion a person is taking care of his/her hair from childhood can prevent the gray upto a great extent. Adding the leafy vegetable on everyday basis also prevent gray but there is no use if people start to care at the end (means when hair started to gray). I have no idea about the pills which you are talking. If it works then it will be a great idea for some people who bother about their graying.
• United States
30 Oct 09
Of course it's not a disease, which is why I wonder at L'oreal touting their new pill as a "cure." But then, many people cannot bear getting or looking older, so they try any new thing that comes along to maintain a facade of youth. Graying is more about genetics and heredity than anything else, so even foods and vitamins are not a sure-fired solution. Karen
• United States
30 Oct 09
No, it's not a disease, but a natural process. Some gray early and much, some later and with only a few grays, but it happens. From what I've discovered in research, graying has more to do with heredity and genetics than any other single thing. I don't really like to mess too much with nature, as it can have some pretty disasterous results, so I would be reluctant to take such a pill. Karen
@mylosha (286)
• India
19 Nov 09
Hai Karen, actually the colour of the hair should be influence by the corresponding genes which codes for that its natural besides this when u applying chemical on ur hair that clearly weaken your hair ultimately fall so please do not use chemicals as well as pills which establish many side effects. so please let them naturally what u have in natural way.
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• United States
7 Dec 09
Hello Mylosha. Please pardon my late response to your comment! I agree with you. Genetics is the ruling factor to when one's hair will turn gray, and yes, chemicals and dyes are very hard on the hair and the scalp! They can lead to damage, dryness, breakage, rashes on the scalp, and even hairloss. Thank you for sharing your opinion. Karen