Psychotrichology is a discipline that relates mental health to the condition of the hair. It has been described how suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems, often brings on dandruff, hair loss, and perhaps most notably, graying. Due to this connection, holistic solutions that integrate inner balance and outer beauty are an attractive proposition, giving rise to supplements to stop gray hair.
We are living in a frenetic world. Globally, stress levels are stratospheric. This is especially the case as careers and global events get all the more demanding; “before and after” pictures showing politicians and business leaders graying are now somewhat of a cultural Zeitgeist.
But it’s not just exterior stressors that play a role. Genetics, skin dysfunctions, vitamin deficiency, aging, gender (being female), or race (Caucasian people tend to gray faster) are also important factors. How to stop gray hair has been a question that’s preoccupied the hair care industry for decades, and now, we may have arrived at a solution.
A breakthrough in the design of supplements to stop gray hair
Many supplements to stop gray hair have appeared on the market over the years, but none have managed to provide a meaningful remedy for gray hair. This time, however, we might be onto something: a novel application of our already groundbreaking ingredient, KerascalpTM.
Provital’s researchers initially developed KerascalpTM to combat hair loss by acting on collagen XVII in follicles and the scalp. Now, they have observed that collagen XVII proteins also play a role in hair pigmentation. This ingredient could offer a potential solution to both hair loss and graying by acting on follicle miniaturization and depigmentation by mantaining the stem cells niche of both hair follicles and melanocytes.
Genetic or nutritional factors aside, there are three key causes of graying. The first is that oxidative stress in the hair bulb targets the differentiated melanocytes, impairing melanin production or its transfer to affect hair pigmentation. The second relates emotional stress with melanocyte stem cell depletion through the hyperactivation of sympathetic nerves that reach the hair follicles.
The third factor acts on the melanocyte stem cells present in the bulge region. With aging, or due to internal or external stressors, these melanocytes are depleted and the hair loses pigment. To describe KerascalpTM’s action as a remedy for gray hair, we’ll focus on this factor.
KerascalpTM’s action on pigmentation
It was recently discovered that stress signals arrive directly to the follicles through the sympathetic nerves in the scalp. This system is responsible for activating the “fight-or-flight” response and its activity increases when you’re in danger or stressed. The activated nerves release Noradrenaline that stimulates melanocytes, which then proliferate, differentiate, and migrate from the bulge leading to their depletion.
With KerascalpTM, we had previously described the importance of collagen XVII proteins to preserve hair follicle stem cells and prevent follicle miniaturization. These stem cells are also responsible for maintaining a healthy environment in the bulge for the melanocytes. Therefore, collagen XVII molecules are also important supplements to stop gray hair as their deficiency leads to premature stem cell differentiation, and ultimately, graying.
Therefore, ingredients and supplements that enhance collagen XVII have the capacity to maintain melanocytes in the bulge, thus supporting hair pigmentation and slowing the graying process by acting on scalp health. As KerascalpTM contains these vital supplements to stop gray hair, it’s a compelling proposition for the anti-aging hair care segment.
Harnessing science to promote well-being
Most importantly, we respond to consumer demands and desires with both emotion and science. To care for the mind and senses as well as the body, KerascalpTM is developed with the Ayurvedic ingredient, amla. Used for thousands of years as a hair treatment in India, amla has been historically prized as having youth-giving properties.
The fruit is associated with well-being and rejuvenation, as well as the confidence and safety that natural ingredients bring. Moreover, by combining this sensorial ingredient with a global protection action that acts from deep within the hair and scalp’s stem cells, this ingredient supports inner balance in more ways than one.