Can You Reverse Grey Hair Naturally? Yes You Can!

19 Apr

One of my side projects here at The Cellulite Investigation is to investigate possible ways to reverse grey hair.

About two years ago, I started noticing a few stark grey hairs, most of them clustered near the hairline above my right eye.  The number has been increasing since then at an alarming rate.

How I Know It Is Possible to Reverse Grey Hair Naturally

I started adding small treatments to my routine that I thought might work to reverse grey hair.  I didn’t think about it too much, or inspect my hair often to see if they were working.

Then this past weekend, I realized I hadn’t noticed the greys as much as I used to.  Were they improving or was I simply getting used to them?

If the greyness was going away, I reasoned that I should be able to find grey hairs that were turning brown at the root.  After looking for only 30 seconds or so, I found this:

I didn’t know if it was even possible to reverse grey hair, but now how can I not?  Isn’t this exciting?!

Natural Treatments to Reverse Grey Hair

Here are the treatments I suspect could have done the trick in reversing my grey hair. I have no way of knowing which ones are working and which ones aren’t.  I’m just happy they seem to be working!

  • Unsulfured blackstrap molasses (drink a spoonful in tea)
  • Fo-Ti root supplements
  • Grapefruit seed extract (several drops in my conditioner, let sit 10 minutes)
  • Wild Oil of Oregano (same method as above)
  • MSM conditioner (let sit 10 minutes)
  • Fluoride Detox
  • Going No-Poo

Did you ever try any treatments to reverse grey hair?  Did they work?

A Cellulite Investigator Update

Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation.  Things are a little quite around here at the moment.  I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!

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Carolyn says:
4/19/2012

Yes, that is exciting for you!!! I have had the same thing going on but have not used those things except the no poo for 5 years. When I started drinking Kombucha tea several times a day is when I noticed a major difference, like you color at the roots. I was white headed at my daughter’s wedding 3 years ago and now at 55 my hair is a blondish auburn and seems to be getting darker slowly. My true color is dark auburn which I haven’t seen in many years. I assumed gut repair or vites & minerals in the kombucha.

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How encouraging, Carolyn! I’ve read all kinds of stories about reversing grey hair but didn’t know what to make of them until I saw it for myself.

I thought of another “treatment” I used. After reading Ann Wigmore’s grey hair story, I started adding crunchy sprouts to my salads at lunch. Can’t hurt to get more enzymes in the diet. I wonder if they could have had an effect. I also drink a ton of rose hip tea for the vitamin C and take fermented cod liver oil and butter oil. I honestly have no idea what did it, but I’m definitely going to keep doing all these things just to cover my bases!

I’m hoping that since I started treating it early, my grey hair issue will be easy to fix. If only I did the same with my cellulite!

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Maggie Mahboubian says:
4/20/2012

What’s your source for fermented cod liver oil? I know krill oil makes my skin noticeably softer, but don’t feel comfortable taking it (sustainability issues). Speaking of Ann Wigmore, her Rejuvelac is wonderful stuff!

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I just started ordering from Renewed Health Supply. It’s still nearly fifty bucks, but they offer free shipping even if you’re just buying one jar.

What recipe do you use for rejuvelac, Maggie? I’ve also been meaning to ask you, have you heard of ozonated oils? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

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Maggie Mahboubian says:
4/22/2012

Thanks for the link. Here’s my rejuvelac recipe adapted from Anne Wigmore by a very cranky and nutty homeopath who knows his stuff:
Large glass European canning jar (the kind with the glass lid and red rubber gasket that gets snapped down)
2 cups grain (I use wheat berries)
6 cups water
2-3 slices of beet
Let it sit for 48 hours
Pour off and store in a stoppered bottle and drink (I like the glass liter bottles from IKEA).
Add 4 cups of water and allow to sit for 24 hours then stopper.
Add 4 more cups of water and allow to sit for another 24 hours, then pour off and stopper.
By this time the berries will have germinated. You can dry them and grind them for flour or grind them while their still wet and make that crazy Essene bread, or throw them on you lawn to fill in dead grass patches. We now have chickens (poop is great fertilizer for the garden after it has been composted), so I might see if they will eat them.

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This doesn’t seem difficult. So you can make three rounds of rejuvelac with the same berries, and then you start over with a fresh batch? You are so lucky to have chickens! We finally bought our first composter. It’s pretty darn exciting to see all that “trash” turn to treasure.

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harish manan says:
4/5/2013

How long did you drink and did you use any special shampoo as well?

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jlcloud says:
12/27/2013

Kombucha is of my favorite teas. Also Peppermint and Licorice–hmm….any health benefits here?
I’v heard rosemary oil is cleansing for no poo poos (not talking constipation here, but shampoo-lessness.) Oreganoi and also MSM. Can you tell me–does MSN come in the conditioiner? Is it a rinse? How does MSN come into play?

Also, would eating molasses cookies made with black strap molasses satisfy the molasses requirement? Or does the molasses actually go over the head. If the later, could this be a reason why gray hair might be looking un-gray and darker, as in, sort of like closer to the color of molasses? I write in all seriousness. I am ambivalent about my graying hair. And I don’t want people to be conned by the kinds of companies that we question here. Any responses welcome. Would love to know real ways to make the best of our hair-healthy hair-and to see if maybe some oxidation stress can be corrected by some wholesome ingredients we all can gain access too. And it not or no matter our success, I suggest we all get together for a pot luck because if anything, we will sure have discovered an awful lot about good food!

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Maggie Mahboubian says:
4/20/2012

I don’t know, that silver baboon is enchantingly fluffy! I’m willing to try all of your suggestions, except for the no-poo. Every time I think I can go without shampoo, the minute I step in the shower I change my mind. I still have to try washing with “Sedr”, the persian lotus root!

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I want to try washing my hair with lotus root!! Is it a powder? Now that I’m not reliant on shampoo, I love experimenting with new types of hair washes. For some people, no poo seems to cause a lot of problems but for me, the shampoo really wasn’t doing anything for my hair. I have wavy to curly hair and the shampoo just dried it out and made it frizzy. Now I “wash” my hair with conditioner and it responds much better. I still feel like I need to improve the health of my scalp, but it’s no worse than it was back when I used shampoo.

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Maggie Mahboubian says:
4/22/2012

I’ll send you some!

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That would be awesome, Maggie!! I am about out of my winter rose moisturizer so I just submitted my order for the spring package. I still have a decent amount of toner but I want to try the spring line. I’m soooooo ready for spring. Can’t wait to try it!

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carla says:
4/22/2012

What winter rose moisturizer? I thought i read the whole site…but obviously i missed something! Thanks!

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Maggie has her own line of homemade skincare products. They are amazing! Oil of Olay wishes they could sell products like this. You can listen to our interview with Maggie at this post: How Homemade Skin Care Products are Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry.

(I’m not affiliated with Maggie’s company in any way, I just really like her skin care products!)

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Maggie Mahboubian says:
4/24/2012

Thanks Melissa. And I really like your investigations! BTW, I mailed your package yesterday. Can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the lotus root.

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Thanks, Maggie! Can’t wait to shift to spring!

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belkis says:
4/20/2012

thanks for taking the time to document all of your investigations!
you are truly a lifechanger/saver.
1 question.
when you say you “(let sit 10 minutes) ” is that in the conditioner bottle prior to putting in hair or sit on your hair once applied ?

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Thanks for your kind comment, belkis!! I let the conditioner sit on my hair for 10 minutes while I’m doing my cupping massage for my legs. I only do this with conditioners that have medicinal ingredients, such as MSM or tea tree oil. I focus on the scalp area at the top of my head for this treatment, since that’s where I tend to get dry skin. I often follow it up with a quick application of my shea butter conditioner because I like how it makes my hair feel.

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carla says:
4/20/2012

What is No-POO?

Interesting stuff! :)))

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No-poo refers to a growing movement of people who advocate the legal removal of all Whinnie the Pooh references from mainstream life. Hee hee hee, just kidding. It’s just shorthand for no shampoo. It’s most popular among people who (like me) have wavy or curly hair, but it can work for people with straight hair, too.

Like most people, I used it religiously my whole life because that’s just what we do. No questions asked. But shampoo strips your hair of all it’s natural oils, causing your scalp to produce more. This leads to an unpleasant cycle of dry hair and oily scalp. I was amazed how quickly my hair adjusted to not using shampoo. I wrote about some of the no poo methods I’ve tried in this post: Getting Creative with No Poo

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jlcloud says:
12/27/2013

You can wash your head with conditioner. scrub your head with moisturizing organic conditioners. It’s your head needs washing more than your hair (unless you got peanut butter in your hair and to get that out you;d better start with conditioner anyway!
I don’t use the deva products, They don’t do much for my super long curly frizzy hair. I don’t find them moisturizing enough in my hair. none of the curly girl products do it for my hiar, thoigh I do like Carol’s Daughters shea butter after shower to rub throuigh my tresses. :)

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rks says:
4/21/2012

I like your treatment suggestions. I have heard of using blackstrap molasses before but not the others. Also, some Japanese people I know in the their mid 60′s, told me that they were reversing their grey hair by drinking homemade kombu tea. Kombu is a kind of seaweed popular in Japan, and you can find it in Asian supermarkets in the US. Just put a piece in a cup and add boiling water. Allow it to seep a little while before drinking.

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Kombu tea… interesting! I have major issues with iodine right now, but hopefully I’ll be able to consume it some day soon without it causing breakouts on my skin. Thanks for sharing this info with us!

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Maggie Mahboubian says:
4/22/2012

Honestly, a glass a day of this rejuvelac works better than those expensive probiotics I buy at WF’s and it is quite refreshing!

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Mig says:
4/24/2012

Thanks for sharing your work, Melissa!
Just a question: do you follow any particular fluoride detoxification method?

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That is a loaded question, Mig! I’m still trying to figure out the best way to detox fluoride. Here are all the posts I’ve written about fluoride detox so far. Right now I’m using foods that are rich in boron and iodine, but the detox reactions make it difficult to see progress. I’m hoping my new infrared sauna will help move the process along.

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Monica says:
5/4/2012

I was wondering what brand of conditioner you’re using. Do you just add the MSM, oil of oregano and GSE to your conditioner or are you making your own conditioner? I have wavy/slightly curly hair and have been doing no poo and trying to start back doing the Curly Girl method. Have you gone back for a haircut to the salon that specializes in curly hair? I was just reading the reviews for that salon on naturallycurly.com because I live in Annapolis. I read your article and was wondering which stylist you used and if you think it’s worth it. I love all the interesting topics you explore on your blog! I started getting grey hair in my 20s. I think it was probably due to undiagnosed hypothyroidism and celiac disease (I’m 44 now). I’ve been on the GAPS diet to heal my gut for about 6 months and I think some of my greys are starting to grow in brown again, but I’m not sure because I have a lot of grey that I color with henna/indigo. Thanks for a great blog!

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Howdy, neighbor! I haven’t gone back for a return hair cut yet. For some reason, I just hate getting my hair cut! I need to though. The stylist I saw was Kristen. She was good, but I guess not good enough to make me like getting my hair cut. :) I think next time I will go to a salon in Florida (much cheaper) and just get a quick trim.

I picked up an MSM conditioner at Whole Foods, but the other GSE and oregano oil I added to the conditioners I already had. One was the DevaCurl line and the other was a tea tree oil conditioner from Jason’s. I just ran out of both of those and ordered this conditioner with Argan oil from Acure Organics. I’m looking forward to trying it.

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Monica says:
5/10/2012

Thanks Melissa!

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Yves says:
5/24/2012

I’ve heard copper helps restore color to your hair. My hair seems to be blonder when I eat a lot of liver and shellfish.

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Very interesting! That could explain why the molasses is effective. It contains a decent amount of copper.

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Marc says:
7/25/2012

Hi there,
you should disclose and get famous ! Scientists are challanging for decades about to find a way to get rid of grey hair ! Finally you got it !
Congratulation my new billionaire !

By an greys off’ ex-believer

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Caitlin says:
8/13/2012

Fascinated by your ‘reverse grays’ recipe, but struggling to understand some of the items. For instance, not sure what MSM is in this context (I know there is a supplement …). Also, you say ‘as above’ for wild oregano oil, but I’m not sure which of the two items you’re referring to … I usually imbibe it to ward off colds. Are you imbibing or mixing into your conditioner?

FYI have been using the Deva Curl No Poo for 2 years now and people stop me in the street to ask me about my hair;-) I’m a curly girl who hasn’t let shampoo near her head for more than 3 years now. Really want to experiment on the gray front, so looking forward to hearing back:-)

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I’ve been putting a few drops of the oregano oil in my conditioner. I’ve heard it’s good to take a drop or two internally too, I just haven’t experimented with that much yet. Now I’m wondering if the blackstrap molasses is what worked to reverse the grey. I haven’t been taking it for a few months and I feel like I am regressing. I just don’t drink as many hot drinks in the summer. I gotta get back to that!

PS–What’s your Deva routine? I tried it for a while but have since switched to something else. It seemed like a lot of products to deal with…

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Monica says:
9/10/2012

I noticed the same when I started drinking kombucha tea twice a day. I’ve nade it for years. I used to drink just in the AM. Now I drink it twice a day and my greys are disappearing.

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Thanks for the tip, Monica! Unfortunately, I still avoid black tea because of my fluoride sensitivity. I’m hoping the blackstrap molasses will have the same effect!

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Amy says:
10/6/2012

Fo-Ti is sworn by, but I don’t know why yet. Kombucha is a great source of b vitamins, which is supposed to make a difference. The Kombu and the molasses are mineral rich, so maybe that’s why they help? If that’s the case, seems like fo-ti and brewer’s yeast might be a good way to go that would give you minerals and b vitamins together. The tea mix that someone was making with the beets and wheat sounds like another way to do the same thing.
Solgar makes brewers yeast out of beet juice, but I suppose it’s the water, not the base , that’s the problem- flouride wise.

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Perbhoo Mariaye says:
12/10/2012

Hello
I am 48 and I am fed up with my gray hair. I had it since i was 16 and now i want to reverse these gray hair. I have to apply hair colour every one or two weeks as these gray hair are so visible. please I can see that your treatment ingredients are not sold in Mauritius and if ever there are something that I may buy in Mauritius tell me please which may help me to get rid of this problem

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alina says:
12/17/2012

Im sorry to say this…but after reading this, im very confused as to what to use. I’ve read other comments and now I feel like theres 20+ things to do now. what teas and oils and vitamins and creams (you dont have to answer that.) Im 20. Grey hair runs through my moms side. Id like to stop it before I look 60 by next year. Id like to actually live my life with MY age group. And how long did this take until you saw results? Thanks for your patients!

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Try not to be too overwhelmed, Alina! There are always a variety of treatment options to choose from. Just start with the ones that appeal to you the most and see how things go. For me, I feel the blackstrap molasses was what caused the change. I had some in my tea for a couple months before I noticed a difference.

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paru shah says:
12/19/2012

Hi, I was just wondering if using baby shampoo is less damaging than the regular shampoos. Any thoughts?

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hi, paru shah. Thanks for your question! It really got me thinking. Instead of responding to it here, I wrote a whole blog post about it. You can read it here: Baby Shampoo, Is It a Less Toxic Alternative for Adults?

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Paru says:
1/4/2013

Hi, Melissa, Thank you for your detailed reply. I have started using baby shampoo and already notice more volume, not loosing any hair. I live in US so I will try Johnson’s Natural Baby Shampoo.

Thanks

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Elizabeth Njeri Kiniiya says:
12/29/2012

hallo, am an african lady and my hair is turning grey at an alarming rate. do you know of any natural way to reverse this trend? i would be grateful is assisted.

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Hi, Elizabeth. You could try some of the natural remedies mentioned above. Consuming a large spoonful of unsulfured blackstrap molasses each day seems to work for me. I put it in my tea.

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Dheepa says:
1/8/2013

hi,
I recently bought Plantation brand-organic black strap molasses unsulphured from a organic store for my grey hair. but it is mentioned it has 0% copper in the label. will it work for my grey hair. please help me out and also suggest what brand should i buy?

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Elizabeth Njeri Kiniiya says:
12/27/2013

Hi! can you pleasec advice on where in Kenya i can get the mollases you have mentioned. Can any mollases work? Thanks alot for your response.

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Paru says:
2/21/2013

Hi,

After I read about molasses, I decided to try out. Though I was hesitant in the beginning since all warm foods(as per Chinese/Indian)creates more heat in my body. And I end up with more grey hairs. As I had suspected molasses, turned out to be warm for me. Has anyone experienced this? Do you know what can I take to cool the body. I have like 3-4 really big pimples on my face also.

Thanks
Paru

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aurora lipnitzky says:
4/3/2013

Ok, what is No Poo?

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James says:
5/7/2013

Kombu is indeed good for healthy skin and hair, as are most other kelps. However, most kelps are very high in iodine so you have to limit how much of them that you eat. Wakame kelp is much lower in iodine, so you can eat plenty of it and gain the benefits. I was eating about 7 grams of wakame every day at one point and after a couple of months my skin and hair started to look healthier. However, I was still in my twenties and I didn’t have any grey hair, so I can’t say for sure that it would have reversed greying. It’s worth a try if you have grey hair and it will certainly improve your skin and hair health. I was eating it raw but it might also work if you make a hot water infusion. You can also buy it in capsule form as an extract. Life Extension Optimized Fucoidan is a cold water wakame extract.

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Mark says:
5/7/2013

All,
stop with notifying weird remedies on grey hair treatment as thankfully it seems that A REAL EFFECTIVE CURE IS NOW UNDERWAY ! A group of European researchers found that peroxide of hydrogen (the oxidative factor whose cause greying) can be removed by a compound sun-light activated (the active principle is a pseudo-catalase). After this treatment the hair’ color is restored at once ! This treatment is the safest and most feasible found and it represents a way out even for those affected by vitiligo (albinism – lack of pigmentation on skin and hair due to huge amount of peroxide of hydrogen) a pathology which in African countries for instance is a huge social problem. Same social problem is being faced by those young persons who either for huge accumulation of oxidative stress or genetic factor get premature grey hair with all consequential drawbacks. Keep crossed your fingers as even medical trial seems extremely short as there are not secondary effects and some drugs could be reaching the market sooooooooooooooooooooooooon ! unless some manipulation is acted by hair dye giant manufacturers … Bests

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Jlcloud says:
12/27/2013

Well, Mark, it’s a little more complicated than what you got from your reading. There are two theories currently being studied scientifically by researchers. These paid researchers are indeed close to, if not hitting nails on the head, as to the natural causes behind gray hair. One theory suggests that as hair goes gray, one finds an absence of melamine (sp?) –the stuff of your cuttie freckles and like spots.

Some products state they give you a very similar substance to melamine to replace it, but this similar substance is a DYE, so… it is not a reversal opf gray hair by some natural means. I mean, I suppose color companies coulod call their dyes “reversals” as well… but please no you get nothing special paying out your butt– oops, sorry if you are a no-poo! Paying a high price to a company that is slimy-lying to you and others to sucker you in with nearly a truth, but not quite. Don’t go for it, pal. Don’t buy it. And don’t buy IT, either. An “almost like” ingredient is not the actual real ingredient. (See below)

Then difference between the two are as such:
The almost promise to do almost the same as then real. The real will do the real thing and nothing less. So, companies are reading this and creating quick connections and concoctions and a lot of hype that is not actually a part of any science study. I mean –what they try to see us is not scientifically proven. If you are not convinced, just check out the ingredients….

Your hair is a part of your body. If your hair absorbs it, it’s in your body. If you take it as a pill, it is in your body as well. Some of these ingredients proven long ago to be bdetrimental to hair, skin, bodies: mineral oil!!!!This is basically Johnson’s Baby Oil (smelling more pink.) Mineral oil makes a surface nice and sleek–until it dries out so bad you wonder how it is possible you need to buy that deep conditioning lotion again? Yeah. Mineral oil looks slick and slippery and it will dry our your skin and god-forbid your hair even worse — despite every claim to the contrary. Everyone knows that by now. Why is it still used? Someone must be living underground who doesn’t know it yet.

DO NOT USE MINERAL OIL ON YOUR HAIR

Say, what else have these grayaway product got to offer us — oh, hey — lead acetate! Yeah, I want that in my hair–NOT! Just remember, your hair is part of your body, Whatever you put on your hair will be absorbed through your whole body.

Oh, nononononononnno–these naturalk ingredients harmful? Oh, nonononononononono. Oh, nonononononoono.

There are claims of people getting pretty damn sick from the pills. Beyond that… if you wanna put that stuff on your hair, instead, I leave it up to you. But please wear gloves. And oxygyn masks.

Not the Catalase — try study. Still going on. But some swiuft to market developed a product with Catalase that is supposed to work even thou they are not scientists and the scientist themselves have not come up with a product yet for they are in beginning stages of research.

Keretase — well, some conditioners have alreadyt been promoting it and in fact karatase IS good for your hair. At least it isn’t a mix of splinters of lead on the way into your bloodstream…

Plus you gotta look at what is in that die I mean dye. Companies that claim to be b”all natural” (CROAK) and made of the best products for you and your hair like mineral oil (FAIL!) and ( –in the hair follicle and the other has to do with studying the effects of an enzme catalase that decreases as we age, and in decreasing amounts hair is more vulnerable to being bleached out from within (natural benzol peroxhydes, or else it is a build-up of all the benzol peroxide we all used in our teen years as a way to battle acne…that didn’t work very well, either.

In other words, be ware of what reaches the market before anything is proven and beware in specialty at how such products are being sold and with what consensus and manacling of facts.

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