Let’s take a step back for a moment and ask the reverse question: What gives your hair its color in the first place? Like the color of your skin, hair receives its colors from a pigment you are likely familiar with – melanin.
Fun Facts About Melanin and Hair
- Melanin formation happens before we’re even born
- All of our hair is white until grows
Understanding the Different Types of Melanin
If it weren’t for the two types of melanin that combine before birth, we would not have broad spectrum of beautiful hair color we do today.
- Eumelanin (dark, brown or black pigments)
- Pheomelanin (light, yellow or reddish pigments)
Melanocytes are a type of cell located on the skin’s surface that create both eumelanin and pheomelanin. As hair grows out of its follicles, melanocytes actually inject melanin into cells that contain keratin, which is the protein that makes up hair.
As we get older, it’s generally understood that melanin production lessens which leads to our hair turning white and eventually gray. Scientists, however, do not exactly know what causes gray hair. But below, we’ve found various studies studies that offer a different reasons why.
In some families, members start graying as early as their late teenage years. But typically, Caucasian people really start going gray once they’ve hit 30-years-old, while African-Americans don’t start until their mid-40s. By the age of fifty, half of all people are walking around with heads at least half full of gray hair.
According to Scientists, This Is What Causes Gray Hair
One professor at the University of Bradford in England called Dr. Desmond Tobin suggests that each hair follicle has a “melanogentic clock” that slows down melanin production causing hair to lose its pigment.
Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Hair Serum to Slow Down or Stop the Graying Process
Whereas living skin is constantly renewing itself, hair is technically dead so it’s up to you to help preserve it. With such promising effects for preserving hair color, the natural formula we’re sharing today also uses antioxidant-rich ingredients. They can get to the ‘root’ of the problem and help protect hair from the intrinsic (e.g., genes, hormones, body distribution, age) and extrinsic (e.g., climate, pollutants, toxins, chemical exposure) forces it faces every day.
Combined with deep-cleaning and hair-strengthening aloe vera gel, vitamin E can be the very thing you need to help protect melanocytes from oxidative stress and restore your damaged roots.
Now that you know what causes gray hair and what can prevent it, here’s the 2-ingredient serum!
- Aloe vera gel
- Vitamin E capsule
Follow These Steps:
- Scoop 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel into a bowl
- Add in 1 capsule-worth of vitamin E extract oil into the bowl
- Mix/blend the ingredients together until smooth
- Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it in overnight
- Wash the hair serum out in the morning
Remember, applying this aloe vera and vitamin E serum just once has its benefits, but won’t do anything for gray hair. You can apply it to your hair up to twice a day, but it will have to be a daily ritual if you want to start restoring your gray hair. Let us know how it works for you!