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Please take this for what it is, some interesting information that you may or may not be able to use.
I have had some success in reversing gray and white hair in an aging male and feel that the results may be worth sharing at this time. The gray hair is notof the prematurely graying type. My gray hair is the old age type. I’ll be 61 in October. I report my results after a number of years experimenting with many of the often mentioned topical and oral treatments that may help a prematurely graying younger person, black strap, brewers yeast, etc., etc., etc.. I havenever tried any gray hair concoctions prepared by any manufacturer. They allseem ineffective and more like marketing scams to me. Over the years I haveread this forum, the old forum, and numerous other forums concerning gray hairand hair re-growth. I’ve done a lot of research and gone down many rabbittrails. I’ve tried a lot of things and gotten some notable results with bothgray hair reversal and hair re-growth. The following is a report concerning mygray hair reversal:
Ihave had some minor reversal of gray hairs with:
1.Laser light helmet – while experimenting on re-growing hair, although notenough to recommend for reversing gray hair.(Maybe in combination) My laserlight helmet is setup to cover a NW stage 6 hair loss pattern.
2.Emu oil - again while experimenting with hair re-growth, although I had moresuccess with this than the laser light, (maybe because of time spent, hairstested and location) it is nothing I would recommend for gray hair reversal.(Again maybe in combination)
Whatworks for me is not a magical overnight solution. It takes some work and timebut has reversed better than30% of my gray hair in 2 years, which includes thisyear in which I was somewhat lax in the treatment. Although not the idealsolution, it is the best treatment I know of to date.
WhatI have found to work for me and would recommend to someone wanting to try tostop the graying and at least slowly reverse the condition:
1.Topical application of SOD (An idea inspired by the news article concerninghydrogen peroxide and gray hair a few years ago)
Myparticular topical mixture is inexpensive, readily available, and easy tomake…. I take an average size coffee mug and fill it half full with water. Put it in amicrowave and bring it to a boil. Add 2 to 3 capsules of Life Extension SODzyme (removing from the capsule) and stirfor about a minute. Then I place the mug back into the microwave and bring to aboil again stopping the microwave as soon as it starts to foam up so as not tooverflow and stirring some more.
Iusually let this steep for about 15 min before adding some more water (maybe¾full), stirring, and then applying. I use a teaspoon to get the solution intomy hand and carefully rub it into the graying areas so as to soak these areas.When near the end of the batch (about¼ left), I stir it, run what is leftthrough a strainer to remove the gunk at the bottom and continue to use theremaining liquid. This will usually last me 3 - 5 days (depending on spoilage)applying it twice a day to my head, beard and eyebrows.
Icut my hair with a number 2(¼ inch) so it is short. I always stir the formulathen let the particles settle before applying. I leave this formula out on thevanity top. It will go bad after awhile. How long depends on the temperature ofthe room. If the air temperature is verywarm, the solution won’t last more than two to three days so I make smallerbatches. If it goes bad I just make a new batch. This stuff does not smellgreat to begin with but if it starts to go you will know it.
2.Emu oil is then applied to my hands and rubbed into all treated areas to helpwith penetration.
Afterabout six months, I revised the formula and got some better results by:
1. Adding2 tablets of lithium orotate(5 mg lithium ea).
2. Onecapsule of NAC 600mg. (I don't think you need this much NAC but it is what I use because it'swhat I have for oral use)
Idid this as part of a hair growth experiment (wnt signaling) but noticed animprovement in the gray hair reversal and have continued with this new grayhair formula ever since. I actually don’t know if it was the lithium or the NACor both, never experimented to find out.
3. Theemu oil was also changed at this time to DMSO for better penetration.
Someobservations about my gray hair:
Mygray hair has never changed with a dark tip as I often read. The entire hairwill slowly change color, gradually getting darker over time.
Reversinggray hair, re-growing hair and weight loss have something in common. Whatstands out is that they all seem to be a total reversal in the order of theprocess. With fat it is the last fat you gain will tend to be the first fat youlose. The last hairs you lost will tend to be the first to come back. Thelatest hairs to turn gray will tend to be the first to color. As a rule thisseems to hold pretty much true for me.
Ihave a test patch of pure white hair on my chest to use as a control. It nevergets any topical so I know if any oral treatment is working by itself. I didtreat this area for a very short while with this topical in the beginning andreversed a few hairs before I got smart and quit so as to save it for an oralcontrol.
Todate the few hairs that reversed on my chest have not yet grayed with no furthertreatment in over 1½ years.
Emuoil seemed to be somewhat effective tome with small quantity of the last hairsto gray (maybe better put as the easier ones to reverse.) I still can notrecommend this as a treatment for reversing gray hair, only as some informationthat I learned
Howgray was I and how much has changed:
WhenI started my eyebrows were almost washed out with very little color. Now afterthe SOD treatment they are mostly dark with just a few grays. These hairsincidentally were some of the last to turn gray. (Emu did not seem to have anyeffect in this area or the beard area)
Mybeard was 100% white. Now, with about 30%reversal in the beard area, I havestarted to recognize the old familiar graying pattern. This 30% is not evenlyspread and is clustered forming the start of a coloring pattern developing inreverse order of the graying pattern, and similar to what I had as a youngerman. My mustache and the hair under my lower lip were some of the first to turnwhite on my beard and at this point have some of the least color.
Myhead hair graying pattern started with the sideburns and continued up to thetemples, traveling around my ears along the bottom edge of my hair line downthe neck and around the back. This gray hair continued to spread up until therewas a three to four inch band around my head slightly sloping up to the templesnear the ears. This had all pretty much turned white, feathering out darkernear the top.
Nowwith what may be more than 50% reversal at the back of my head, I have mostlycolor with about a half inch band of mixed color at the bottom around the backof my head. (Some small areas in this half inch band, still lean toward white).This hair in the back was some of the last to gray and whiten so they seemed tochange more easily. (Emu oil seemed to be at its most effectiveness in thisarea and on top, but not nearly enough to recommend.)
Thetemple area has recently started to turn color at the top and is very slowlymoving down. The temple and sideburns are probably closer to 10% and were thevery first hairs to gray on my body. The hair near the ears has been turningcolor and is moving down more so than the temples and I estimate near 30%.
Anyarea that has turned color still has a few grays. Many hairs in what is left ofthe first to turn white areas at the sideburns and temple now have many hairsthat are in the process of changing and getting slightly darker. What’s left ofthe hair on the top area of my head is also darker with less scattered grays.Although a number of the new hairs that I have started re-growing come in withno color before changing. (Many come in dark but they may have cycled)
Thewhite hair is harder to reverse, therefore takes longer. All my gray hair getsequal treatment yet changes back to color at different rates which seems to bein the reverse order in which they grayed and eventually turn white. I don’tknow if it is because of more damage to the older whites or more buildup ofdetrimental substances which takes longer to work its way out, or maybe acombination of both. (Each and every hair does not follow this pattern, but anoverwhelming majority of hairs do)
Foranyone on a real tight budget, the most inexpensive version to try would be theaforementioned SODzyne (or possibly a less expensive sod) without the NAC andlithium, and using DMSO instead of the more expensive Emu oil as the penetrant.I did get good results with the SODzyne alone with either emu or DMSO beforefeeling I noticed an uptick with the NAC and lithium. I would also make smallerbatches so as to use it up and not have to discard any that has soured or mayberefrigerate.
Myinterest in gray hair reversal and hair re-growth is primarily a desire toprove that this is indeed possible.
I'vebeen hesitant to change the formula lately because I don't want to mess-up agood thing. However, I do feel this is just a beginning with muchimprovement to come by others through collaboration. Hopefully, someothers can benefit from this information and help improve this method withpossibly better ingredients in the mixture, and/or an improved applicationprocess.
Referencesto emu oil or laser and gray hair reversal are observations made during hairre-growth experimentation and just a minor side effect noticed at that time.Although I was pleasantly surprised, it was nothing of major significance.
Anytime I notice any hairs slightly changing color (no matter how slight) withthis procedure it is a very good sign, because they will eventually get darkerover time as I continue with applications.
Ido take many supplements for my health including oral SODzyne. I do not knowthat this helps. I do know that any oral supplement by itself has not producedany reversal of gray hair for me. (I do feel that any oral supplement toincrease sod and catalase and or reduce hydrogen peroxide may help a topicalfor gray hair)
Ionly list the SODzyne because it is what I use and may have aninfluence on the mixture, although I don’t know this. I feel that other sodproducts may work too. (I tried one other sod product for a short while and didnot like it for several reasons unrelated to effectiveness.)
Iwill answer any questions you may have as I have time.
Ifyou do not think this can help you, don’t try it. This is a report about mymixture and procedure as it affects my hair.
Iwill not be posting pictures because I have no good before pictures and photosmean nothing. Photographs can be photo-shopped and hair can be colored. In theend, it would be a waste of my time and yours.
Goodluck in you endeavors to reverse gray hair!