Gray hair. Spotting those first few strands can feel like the beginning to an end of an era. No matter what age you are when the gray hair hits, at some point you will probably be asking yourself why it happened. Here is the science behind the graying process, let’s dive in!

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The Science of Hair Color

Let’s start off simple: Hair follicles have a special pigment cell that determines the color of your hair called melanin. When the hair follicle stops producing melanin, your once brown, red, black or blonde hair won’t be able to grow back with that same color. Instead, new hair strands grow in that are silver, gray or white in color. This is a natural process that occurs as we start to age, and the cells begin to die.

Gray hair mainly occurs because we are getting older, even if we still like to think we’re twenty-nine. Genes play a big role in determining just when the gray hair will hit, though other factors like stress do play a role too and can cause your hair to fall out.

Now What?

There are a few ways you can handle your gray hair. The easiest would be to do nothing and embrace the new beautiful stage you’ve entered and go all-natural gray. For many women, they just aren’t ready for the gray (even if they look fabulous!). If you decide to start coloring your hair, keep in mind that the Keranique Color Boost Shampoo and Conditioner is out there. This has all the hair and scalp-loving goodness of Keranique with the added protection from True Tone Technology that color-treated hair needs.

This article is not intended to treat any disease or offer a substitution for professional medical advice.

19 thoughts on “What Causes Gray Hair?

  1. Larsenia Boyce says:

    Do you have Keranique shampoo that color your hair back black I really just hate the gray in the front around my edges I wants to get rid of I’m already using it for hair growth but thats not working to good i have a couples of bald spots. I been using it for about 3 months. Also in Feburary i Order some Hydroxatone Intensive Under Eye Treatment for Dark. circles i haven’t seen any improvement What now?

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Larsenia, at this time we do not have hair dye, but keep in mind, hair regrowth takes time – up to four months of continuous use of Keranique Regrowth Treatment is usually needed to see regrowth. With continued use, you will continue to see advancement. I have sent a contact request to our Customer Relations team to better assist you with your Hydrolyze Under Eye Treatment. Thank you for reaching out
      -Keranique

  2. Van says:

    I started having gray hair a year ago. Can you recommend what kind of shampoo or conditioner to mask with gray hair.? I’m using Keranique for almost a year now because I lost a lot of hair. I saw a little bit improvement for now.

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Van, thank you for using Keranique! Remember, hair growth differs per individual, keep in mind: everyone is different. Some users notice some results in as little as 2 to 4 months, but to see best results, it can take from 6 months up to a year. Once you’ve experienced initial results, you will continue to see improvement in your hair. I have sent a contact request to our Customer Relations team to better assist with customizing Keranique to suit your hair goals!
      Thank you
      -Keranique

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Janet, our Color Boost Formula for Keranique Shampoo & Conditioner is suited for all colors of hair. Because of the changes to your hair fiber during the process of color treating, your hair can become weakened and subject to damage. Keranique Color Boost Scalp Revitalizing Shampoo and Volumizing Keratin Conditioner for Color Treated Hair were formulated to reduce color fade and breakage, in addition to strengthening and hydrating your hair for better manageability. The formula contains Keratin Amino Complex which helps to repair split ends, smooth the cuticle and improve the health of your hair fiber. You will experience the benefits the first time you wash and condition with our Color Boosting formula.
      Thank you
      Keranique

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Janet, thank you for your question!
      Keranique Regrowth System is a three-step, easy to incorporate into your daily hair routine, program that allows you to experience thicker, fuller, healthier -looking hair, including regrowth!

      Step One
      Keranique Shampoo & Conditioner: Hair that is thinning, prone to breakage and split ends needs a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated to fight those conditions. The Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo and Volumizing Keratin Conditioner work together to gently shampoo away build up and reinvigorate the scalp, then condition and penetrate every strand to thicken, strengthen and help repair the hair shaft, reducing frizz and breakage, mending split ends and restoring shine.

      Step Two
      Keranique Regrowth Treatment: Specifically designed to work with a woman’s body chemistry. The Keranique Regrowth Treatment contains the only FDA approved and clinically proven non-prescription ingredient to regrow hair and revitalize hair follicles. And it is so easy to use with the new patented Easy Precision Sprayer, designed to target the regrowth treatment precisely in thinning areas.

      Step Three
      Keranique Lift and Repair Treatment Spray: A combination treatment and styling product that adds lift and style to your hair while also protecting it. This unique multi-benefit heat activated spray protects against damage from styling tools and environmental factors, infuses hair with the proprietary Keratin Amino Complex™, helping to repair damage, restore shine and create an invisible support system for touchable volume. A third party clinical study has proven this revolutionary formula gives 24 hour frizz control while it mends 96% of split ends by sealing the hair shaft.

      You can see more here: http://www.keranique.com
      Thank you

  3. Barbara Parrish says:

    Gray hair is caused by people who do not use KERANIQUE. When they use keranique they lose their hair. I had beautiful grey hair and a friend told me to use this product. Now my hair is broken off and coming out.
    I think Keranique should put a warning on the label that you may lose your hair.

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Barbara, keep in mind, hair shedding at the beginning of the treatment may happen for a some users, but it’s temporary (usually lasting from 2 – 6 weeks at most), and this can actually indicate that Keranique is working. So it’s really a good sign. Hair grows slowly – on average hair grows about ½ inch per month. It has to emerge from the follicle before it grows from the scalp, so there will be a short period of 3 – 4 months before you will begin to see a visible difference. As the Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment with 2% Minoxidil begins to take effect and regrow hair, it is important to realize that it can also help stop further hair loss by revitalizing and stimulating hair follicles. We do include this information in and on the Keranique Regrowth Treatment box. Remember, shedding is not only part of your normal growth cycle but also part of your regrowth process. Also, when you stop using minoxidil, your follicles will revert back to their original state, so any new growth will shed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service team, we are here 24 hours a day at (888)237-4131 to support you through your hair regrowth journey.
      -Keranique

  4. Louise Hicks says:

    I used the product for several months and began to have daily headaches. It was recommended that I stop minoxidol, idid and the headaches stopped. After a couple of weeks I tried to use again only to have the headaches return. I have discontinued using the product for good. Has this been reported by others? Expensive lesson

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Louise, we are sorry to hear about your experience. I have sent a contact request to our Customer Relations team to better assist you. Thank you
      -Keranique

  5. Lynn says:

    Is it possible to substitute the color boost shampoo/conditioner instead of the volumizing products in my next shipment?

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Lynn,
      It certainly is possible to completely customize your automatic shipment program to suit you! I have sent a contact request to our Customer Relations team to contact you and confirm your swap.
      Thank you
      -Keranique

  6. Maria says:

    After reading your article I would like to change my next shipment to color boosting shampoo/conditioner. Will I have the same benefit by using them like other set?

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Hi Maria, thank you for using Keranique. I have sent a contact request to our Customer Relations team to reach out and better assist you with customizing your system for your needs 🙂
      Thank you
      -Keranique

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