The Truth About Preventing & Reversing Gray Hair

The Truth About Preventing & Reversing Gray Hair

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Although gray hair is the latest color trend as seen by stars like Rihanna, naturally occurring gray hair is a common issue for several women.   While this color may be the hottest new thing let us dive deeper into understanding what causes gray hair growth and if can it be prevented.

Canities, the technical term for gray hair, is the diminishing of pigment in the hair, which produce a range of colors from normal to white and is visually perceived as gray.  According to texture specialist and professional stylist Marissa Robinson of DC’s Bill Lawrence Salon, scientifically, gray hair cannot be reverted or prevented only coated with hair color to change appearance.

“High pigment antioxidants such as carrots can help promote pigment forming stem cells, which also aid in the production of melanin; however, gray hair cannot be prevented or reverted.  As you age your body does not regenerate cells in high frequency as it does when you are younger, causing gray hair.”

Specifically, when the hair stops producing melanin, graying occurs. The decrease of melanin in the hair is due to the decrease of a crucial enzyme called catalase.  Catalase plays an important role in breaking down hydrogen peroxide buildup in the body.  When the catalase enzyme is decreased and no longer breaks down the hydrogen peroxide, it hinders melanin growth ultimately resulting in gray hair.

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Charlene Walton
Charlene Walton

Charlene Walton McCraney is a Dallas beauty and lifestyle blogger. After years of styling her and several friends’ hair as a hobby, offering advice and tips, she decided to combine two of her favorite things…writing and talking about natural hair! was created to promote healthy hair care for women of all textures and has since evolved into other beauty and lifestyle topics. Charlene loves teaching other aspiring bloggers on how to take their passion and turn it into amazing content to provide value.

Charlene is a previous beauty contributor to,, and

When she’s not blogging she is probably crunching numbers as a Senior Financial Analyst, dancing or figuring a way to meet Beyonce in person. :)

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