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Why does hair turn grey?

And what the heck is hair color anyway?

What is hair color?

Hair Color is made of Melanin. Melanocytes cluster in the center of the hair strand giving us hair color. A big reason for a change in hair texture when hair turns grey is the lack of structure from the absence of melanin. Melanin is produced by pigment cells, which are created in the hair follicle. The base of the hair follicle is surrounded by the hair matrix, this matrix is where color and hair cells form. Melanin is either made of Eumelanin, Pheomelanin or a unique formula of both. Eumelanin is Darker (brown / black), Pheomelanin is Lighter (orange / red), Eumelanin is not only darker, but typically a larger hair strand.

Contrast is key when it comes to identifying our first glimpses of grey. Those of us with darker hair will be more likely to see grey hair earlier than our lighter haired friends.

So, what makes hair “go grey”?

Hair grows in three stages: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. Hair color is only actively produced in the Anagen stage. When you combine the speed of hair growth with the number of individual hairs grown, it's no wonder the body can't keep up! Hair strands grow on average 1/2 inch per month and each of us has about 100,000 hairs on our head. Understanding that our hair strands are only actively growing for a third of their life cycle makes it important to prepare your hair for when it's time to make the hair color!

When hair changes, it's a strong indicator of our body’s deficiencies, which can be caused by a number of factors, like:

vitamin deficiencies

vitamin deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies affect pigmentation. When we lack certain nutrients, the body sends us signals that we can feel and see (such as greying hair) as a sign that we need to realign.

oxidative stress

oxidative stress

In life we come in contact with elements that make us feel good, but may be hard for the body to combat. Habits such as smoking, environmental pollutants and other substances can disrupt the antioxidant balance.

real life stress

real life stress

Cells that are responsible for hair color production can be depleted when the body is under stress. The stress of what we may encounter in life could be just as erosive, adopting proactive solutions can preserve the body's valuable resources for more important matters, like hair color!

chemical hair dyes & hair products

chemical hair dyes & hair products

The use of hair products and hair colors that contain harmful ingredients can decrease Melanin. These ingredients can be hard to avoid, but it's best to be informed about what you are using for cleansing, styling or coloring. Once we become aware of these facts we can choose healthier options, but it's equally important to focus on repairing damage from the inside out. 

genetics

genetics

Looking at the people in our family tree will be the best way to predict what we are likely to see happen to our own hair color. When we are likely to turn grey, where we may see our first grey hair or how quickly our hair will turn grey. The earlier we know, the earlier we can start a preventative routine.

Can I delay my grey?

Being proactive can help slow down the process.

Why Arey?

'Not Today, Grey' is a daily supplement that supports healthy melanin production by reverse engineering what happens in the body before hair color production slows. With a unique science backed combination of 13 ingredients, Arey works to support what your hair needs today and helps store what your body will need in the future.

Over half of the causes of grey hair relate to things that we have within our daily control. Arey gives us the opportunity to proactively address the deficiencies that can cause grey.

How does Arey work?

Our bodies have a complex storage system that anticipates variable intake and absorption. Along with essential vitamins and nutrients, Arey uses ancient herbs that help support our body’s continued production of hair color.

absorb

absorb

Vitamins B6 and B9 optimize body function, setting a foundation for the formula's other ingredients to take effect.

create

create

Vitamin B5 promotes cell turnover and Selenium builds a defense against free radicals.

energize

energize

Vitamin B12 and Fo-ti fuel Melanin production, while Iron supports the production of red blood cells. 

protect

protect

Paba, Vitamin D & Copper help to protect hair from premature grey, while Vitamin B7 improves the protein structure of hair.