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jmarch

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Good morning, first post!  I'm in my early 30s and have had premature gray hair for several years.  I believe I found my first gray hair in my teens.  As I get older I would rather find a scientific way to reverse the process (if possible).  As of now, I have gray hair on my head, beard, arms, and chest.  I understand that most would think it was vain to want to reverse/stop the process.  But at my age not only is it a social issues, I feel there could be more underlying issues that should be addressed.  I'm not 100% convinced its hereditary and people just have to live with it (I could be wrong).    

I recently purchased the gray hair serum and have started to use it (day 4).  I hope that it will show some positives.  If so, I would be forever grateful to Skin Actives and Dr. Hanna Sivak.  I plan to take pictures of the results and forward them to Skin Actives. I can even post them here (If you would like Dr. Sivak)

Dr. Sivak, if you see this post is there anything else I should be looking into?  My family does have a history of thyroid.  I had mine tested and the dr said I was fine.  TSH levels were ok, Free t4 was on the low end, and my Dr. didn't run free t3.  I read this "could" be a cause.  Also, mineral deficiencies "could" be the cause.  The internet is riddled with assumptions and hypothesis on what "could" help.  I would like to know that I'm on the right path and am doing everything I can.   

Ill try to keep this post updated as I continue to use the Gray Hair Serum.  
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Thanks to the internet, more people than ever are now worrying about "could". My daughter (a doctor at a prestigious clinic) has a coffee mug that says "Please Do Not Confuse Your Google Search With My Medical Degree".

So, don't forget that you don't have an MD. And don't forget that the internet if full of quacks. Almost as bad, the internet is full of ignorant people that talk as if they were not ignorant. Even if there is a paper somewhere, these days there is no guarantee that the paper went through peer review. I limit my searches to prestigious scientific journals and discard automatically magazines that publish articles from the industry. And then, I use my extensive expertise to look at the materials and methods and results sections and don't accept the authors' conclusions but make my own.

Sorry about this lengthy introduction.  If you worry about your premature grey hair, find a doctor you trust and let him/her decide. I don't say that you should not read, do read, but limit yourself to University websites and reputable journals.  Otherwise, you will get stressed unnecessarily and even try things that are bad for you.

If you take a multivitamin supplement (most people do) and have a normal diet, it is very unlikely that you have a mineral deficiency.

Try our serum and see how things go. In any case, the serum will improve the health of your scalp and if it does not reverse the grayness, it will at least slow it down. Keep us informed.
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I completely agree.  It seems like the internet is full of advice with no medical knowledge to backup claims.  Thats why your site and product interests me.  I have read so many posts on people trying different things without knowing the side effects. I believe being an educated person and researching is important.  However, an individual has to realize that because they do a quick google search they are not a Doctor.  Its also funny how a google search of an ailment typically brings the worst conclusion (cancer).   Bump on the head, cancer... stiff neck, cancer... [smile] Causing the person doing the search to worry.  

I do see how oxidative stress would cause gray hair. That seems like something that can be controlled or slowed down.    Thanks for the reply.  I really appreciate everything you do and the hard work being done.  

Do you have any articles that you know of that you could send my way.  Its intriguing if nothing else to read.

Also, no I do not take a multivitamin.  I was thinking about starting to.  
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You can use the search function in our forum. I also discuss hair (and grey hair, etc.) in my book.

Here is a section:

The science of gray hair
Following the discovery that follicles lacking in two crucial antioxidant enzymes make gray-white hair, we added these two enzymes to our Hair Care Serum that should help protect your scalp and prevent the loss of hair color.
To respond to clients’ questions: we will not be making any effort to patent this extraordinary serum, because the Patent Office will reject applications that are derived by using common sense on published scientific discoveries, and our serum is a clear example of common sense. However, you should not expect this type of product to be forthcoming from other skin care or hair care companies because, besides common sense, the two key actives in this serum present a major achievement that is not easy or cheap to replicate outside of SAS.
Gray hair happens because there is little or no melanin incorporated in the hair as it is being formed in the follicle. It has been known for some time that oxidants were implicated in the damage and death of the melanocytes in the follicle, and new evidence shows that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) accumulates in the hair shafts of gray-white hair. Two enzymes are involved in the prevention and repair of oxidative damage: catalase and methionine sulfoxide reductase. In gray hairs these two enzymes are almost completely gone.
Catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide, preventing damage to the cell’s DNA and membrane lipids. On the other hand, methionine sulfoxide reductase (MSR) repairs protein damage. For example, MSR can fix a damaged amino acid in tyrosinase the key enzyme of melanogenesis. Another way of preventing damage of tyrosinase by hydrogen peroxide is to have L-methionine in the environment.
Reference:
Wood, J. M., Decker, H., Hartmann, H., Chavan, B., Rokos, H., Spencer, J. D., Hasse, S.,Thornton, M. J., Shalbaf, M., Paus, R., Schallreuter, K. U. (2009) Senile hair graying: H2O2-mediated oxidative stress affects human hair color by blunting methionine sulfoxide repair. FASEB Journal 2009 Jul; 23:2065-75. doi: 10.1096/fj.08-125435. Epub 2009 Feb 23.


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Hannah, 

One more quick question.  Is there a right or wrong amount of the product to apply?  As of now I have been showering at night and applying the serum all over my scalp & facial hair.  Not just in the locations where gray hair shows the most.  

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I think that's good. Your skin can only benefit from this serum.

Have a look at the ingredients: Distilled water, sea kelp bioferment, L-acetyl carnitine, niacinamide, coconut endosperm, dithiothreitol, chrysin, L-methionine, L-arginine, L-glutamine, D-glucose, phloretin, catalase, methionine sulfoxide reductase, preservatives (otherwise bacteria and mold would grow in this rich serum like crazy)..

What you have here is sea kelp bioferments, coconut endosperm, plus amino acids and vitamins (nutrition) plus antioxidants (enzymes and chemical antioxidants). It is all good stuff and it can only benefit your skin.

Take advantage of our glossary here http://www.skinactives.com/Glossary.html


This is what our glossary says about carnitine: Carnitine, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, carries activated fatty acids through the mostly impermeable inner mitochondrial membrane, allowing the respiration of fatty acids. Carnitine was initially believed to be a vitamin called “vitamin BT”. It was discovered humans can synthesize L-carnitine, although under certain conditions and depending on the diet the demand for L-carnitine may exceed an individual's capacity to synthesize it. This makes it a conditionally essential nutrient. This active improves the tone and texture of the skin. It is also a powerful antioxidant that reduces free radicals formed by the sun, pollution, and heat.
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Hi Hannah

I only have gray hair on the sides of my scalp and a few stray gray hairs on other areas so in my case wouldn't it waste the product to apply the product all over the scalp? I am not trying to do anything for the skin, just to reduce gray hairs. Or is there a reason to apply all over the scalp other than for the health of the skin in a case where there are only some stray grays? Otherwise the product will run out very quickly

Also the instructions say to apply it every day at night and to wash the hair in the morning. I only wash my hair every 3 - 4 days so does that mean I should only apply it every 3 or 4 days? Or can I apply it daily without washing my hair daily? (especially if I'm not applying to the entire scalp)

Thanks [smile]
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In my case, applying the hair serum really messes up my hair and I don't like going out without washing my hair. See whether you are OK with going out without washing the serum off your hair.

Yes, the hair serum will improve the health of the scalp and the hair. I also found that a little goes a long way. And we price our products so low so that customers can afford to use them. A product unused will do no good! But three or 4 times a week is better than nothing.

I think we have the tendency to "save" product even when it is priced right, not at the crazy Creme de la Mer prices.
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Thank you Hannah. I guess everyone has different means and budgets and for me it would actually be quite expensive to buy regularly. Creme de la Mer would not be an option for me. I only have a little gray so I will just apply where I see the gray instead of all over my scalp as it seems applying all over my scalp would not help with graying in my case [comp]
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I just noticed on my bottle it says to shake before using. Just wondering since I haven't been doing will it still work?

Thank you.
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