Just like the skin, the hair also gets its color from melanin. There are two types of melanin:
- Eumelanin (dark, brown or black pigments)
- Pheomelanin (light, yellow or reddish pigments)
According to Scientists, This Is What Causes Gray Hair
According to Dr. Desmond Tobin, a professor at the University of Bradford in England, each hair follicle has “melanogentic clock” that slows down the production of melanin and causes the hair to lose its pigment.
A 2005 study published in the Journal Science suggests that graying of the hair is caused by failure of melanocyte stem cells to produce melanocytes.
a 2012 study published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology dealt with the effects of antioxidant in human hair. Interestingly, “natural antioxidants obtained from artichoke and rice applied to pretreated hair improved mechanical properties and preserved colour and shine of fibers, coating them and protecting them against UV.”
Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Hair Serum to Slow Down or Stop the Graying Process
The formula presented below is packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients that get to the root of the problem and protect the hair from both extrinsic (toxins, climate, pollutants) and intrinsic (age, hormones, genes, and body distribution).
Benefits of Aloe Vera for Hair
Being rich in antioxidant vitamins E and C, this plant helps soothe an itchy scalp. In the Journal of Dermatological Treatment, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that aloe vera helped resolve scalp inflammation caused by dandruff. It also cleans oily hair by removing extra sebum and residue from hair products.
Benefits of Vitamin E for Hair
Experimental evidence supports hypotheses that oxidative stress stimulates the aging process. Vitamin E helps protect the body from free radicals that cause damage to the cells, tissues, and organs, which in turn also help prevent premature graying of the hair.
Although the body has its own defense mechanism, such as non-enzymatic antioxidative molecules, supplementing with vitamin E and similar nutrients is still critical to keep both the cells and cell production healthy.
The potent antioxidants in vitamin E are called tocotrienols and tocopherols and they work in synergy to protect against UV light and ozone-induced oxidative stress.
Together with the hair-strengthening and deep-cleaning aloe vera, vitamin E can be what you need to protect melanocytes from oxidative stress and restore the damaged roots.
Now that you know the causes of gray hair and the ways to prevent it, here is the 2-ingredient serum!
- Aloe vera gel
- Vitamin E capsule
- Put two tablespoons of aloe vera gel in a bowl
- Add in a capsule of vitamin E extract oil to the bowl
- Mix the ingredients until smooth
- Massage the solution into the scalp
- Leave it on overnight
- Rinse it out in the morning