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Can I Reverse Premature Gray Hair?

Studies have shown that more than half of all women and as high as 83 percent of all men will experience some form of hair loss as they get older. 

There’s no doubt that thinning hair can have a negative impact on self esteem, but another aspect of aging that is less talked about is a change to our natural hair color. 

As we get older, it’s normal for our hair color to shift—and even people in their teens or 20s may notice a few white hairs from time to time. 

This is caused by a loss of pigment cells from the hair follicles.

The most common underlying triggers for hair graying include vitamin deficiencies, genetics, oxidative stress, real life stressors, smoking, and damage from chemical hair dyes or other hair products. 

Our team at Modena Hair Institute, providing solutions for hair loss at our Newport Beach, Las Vegas and Los Angeles offices, has some tips for preserving the rest of your existing hair color and delaying premature graying.   

Lowering Stress

Although the link between real life stressors and graying of the hair is still being researched, learning about ways to manage stress better may be beneficial. Meditation, deep breathing exercises, daily exercise, and setting aside time for a hobby each week are all ways to lower stress.   

Intoxicants and Smoking

Along with contributing to numerous other health problems and accelerated aging of the skin, studies have also shown that smoking, excessive drinking and other substance use may cause loss of pigmentation.

Lack of Nutrients

Since graying hair is often linked to vitamin deficiencies, you can combat it by making changes to your diet. Ensure that you’re getting an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, protein (which is turned into keratin), vitamin B-5, vitamin B-6, folic acid, zinc, vitamin B-12, and vitamin D from your diet or supplements.  

How does Minoxidil (Rogaine) work to stop hair loss?

Minoxidil or Rogaine is an anti-hypertensive vasodilator (high blood pressure) medication. In its topical form, its used to treat hair loss caused by androgen alopecia (male or female pattern baldness).
Minoxidil works by widening the hair follicles. This in turn creates thicker hair strands. Further, it prolongs the anagen state of hair growth which allows more hair strands to develop grow. Overall this increases hair density and creates thicker, fuller hair.
The efficacy of the medication ranges from 40%-60%. In other words, 40%-60% of individuals who use the medication see results. Minoxidil should be used on a consistent and regular basis to see noticeable results. It must be used indefinitely in order to continue seeing the results the medication provides.
Side effects have been reported such as itching, burning, redness, irritation, and allergic reactions. Some individuals have reported an increase in hair loss symptoms. But in general, minoxidil is safe and effective when used properly.
Minoxidil is a great treatment method to help stop the progression of hair loss. Dr. Yazdan believes when you’re in the throes of hair loss, the most important thing to do is protect and maintain the hairs you still have. This is because once a hair follicle dies, there is no bringing it back. Therefore, minoxidil nor any other medication can reverse hair loss in individuals whose hair follicles have died (in other words, someone whose hair loss has progressed).
Minoxidil is also a great treatment method used in conjunction with PRP therapy, laser therapy, and hair transplant surgery. The medication can increase the efficacy of the treatments, allowing you to see more results faster.
If you are suffering from hair loss and would like to learn if you’re a candidate for minoxidil or a more intensive course of treatment, give us a call for a medical management consultation.