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 …
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.
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!