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Would you take a magic pill to rid yourself of gray hair?I have been battling gray hair since I was a kid. Really. This is some thing that comes with our family. (Yay for us.) So, I’ve always had different colors (including gray) running through my hair. When I was a kid, people used to ask my mom if she took me to get my hair “frosted” (the “back then” phrase that meant highlighted).

So, as I’ve gotten older, the gray has gotten more prominent at my temples and roots. I can color my hair and just two weeks later it has grown out at the roots and temples so that the gray shows. Again. (Dude, it’s exhausting.)

Fellow contributor Margaret told me something like, “I never color mine but just act like it’s supposed to be this way–like I got it colored this way.”

I might start doing that, unless …

New Magic Gray Hair Pill

I recently read that L’Oreal was working on a gray hair pill that will prevent you from getting gray hair, like, ever.

According to an MSNBC report, “the pill contains an undisclosed fruit extract that mimics … an enzyme that protects pigmentation production. The goal of the fruit extract pill is to prevent oxidative stress, a process that occurs when hair cells succumb to antioxidants and turn gray.”

The pill is slated for release in 2015.

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However, the medical community is speaking up with concerns about the pill. You would need to take the pill for 10 years prior to turning gray and then take it for life, if you never want to have gray hair. So, physicians are saying that ingesting a pill for the rest of your life without understanding the full effects on your organs probably isn’t the best idea.

Oh, bad news for those of us who have already turned gray. The magic gray pill won’t help us. Nuts.

Do you think gray hair is sexy, or the sign of a slacker? Would you start taking a pill at an early age to prevent having gray hair later in life? Tell me, damnit! I need to know!


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  1. Wade Wingler

    November 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    The grayer I get, the more I hope people think it looks good!

  2. rockle

    November 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I have two words about gray hair: George Clooney, and Anderson Cooper.

  3. Christin

    November 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I agree with Becki, some people look great with gray hair…like my husband for example. ;) While I have been blessed with not going gray early like he did, we will never know when I do go gray because I already started going with a bit of blonde last year. While living in Belgium my hair started getting dark and I have never had dark hair so it was weird. My theory is that perhaps it gets dark before the gray…so I decided to get ahead of the gray and start now with getting it back to my lighter color. :)

  4. Becki

    November 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I have always love Stacey London’s gray streak. And there are a couple other women who have gone gray and I actually think it looks great on them. Of course I can’t think of who off the top of my head. But it was just recently that I was looking at someone on the red carpet and thought how great their hair looked.

    I can hardly remember my One-A-Day vitamin. And I always let my roots grow and my eyebrows go ungroomed just a smidge longer than I should because I get so wrapped up in daily life. So remembering to take a daily pill to prevent something that wasn’t even going to happen for another 10 years… Yeah good luck with that.

    OH! Jamie Lee Curtis! She looks amazing with gray hair!

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