Grey Hair and Hair Loss: Are They Related?

Grey Hair and Hair Loss: Are They Related?

If you have ever wondered whether greying hair and losing hair are related, the short answer is yes, they are. A cancer researcher in Texas has discovered by accident that, in fact, they are closely related, in mice at least.

While studying tumor growth and development, Dr. Lu Le found that a protein called Krox20 not only affects tumor growth but also turns on and off skin cells that form hair shafts. When these skin cells turn into hair shafts, the cells produce another protein called SCF or Stem Cell Factor, which is necessary for hair color.

When scientists deleted the Krox20 protein cells, the mice didn’t have any skin cells turn into hair shafts, and their hair all fell out. When the scientists deleted the SCF protein cells from the skin cells, the mice couldn’t form color in their hair cells, so all their hair turned grey and then white.

So what does it all mean?

This is an interesting discovery. Krox20 and SCF are not the only reasons that hair falls out or turns grey/white, but they are definitely one of the reasons.

We know that what happens to your hair as you age is related to many factors in the environment as well as your genetic makeup. Where you live, how you live, how you eat, and what stressors you have in your life also contribute to the health of your hair.

So, while Dr. Lu is trying to find a topical cure for hair greying and hair loss, concentrate on the things you can do to help yourself. Get enough nutrients, massage your scalp, eat pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, don’t wear tight-fitting hats, and use some of our FDA-cleared products to help regrow your hair, like our laser caps.

If you suffer from hair loss, rest assured you are not alone. Millions of men and women battle hair loss worldwide. At Capillus, we are here to help patients find a physician and a hair loss treatment that works for them. To find a licensed hair loss expert near you, visit our Capillus physician finder online. Readers are also invited to browse our collection of clinical strength hair care products. For product inquiries and order assistance, please call customer service at 1-844-280-4680.

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