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    Hair Color Returning

    I am 48 and have been grey since my late 30s, really I have been turning grey since I was in my 20s. When I became a Grandma 5 years ago, I stopped coloring my hair and I am lucky to have pretty grey hair. I have been Paleo/Primal for about 10 months. In that time, I have also stopped using shampoo, and I seldom use any other hair product or even soap. I spend less than five minutes on my very short hair a day, if that. And, I don't smoke or hang out with people who smoke.

    One day last October, a co-worker frowned at my head and asked me if I was coloring my hair again. She said it looked blond. I didn't believe her until I really looked at my hair in the mirror and it did look more blond. My hair had lots of different colors, as happens when a blond turns grey, so you can imagine my surprise when I realized the primary color was once again blond. It wasn't a real strong blond, more like the white blond I was when I was very young. As I was telling my husband about it, and he was agreeing that it was blond again, I looked at his mostly grey beard and realized it was getting darker. My stylist noticed the return of color and had a difficult time believing it was natural.

    I don't have any allusions of my hair ever being as blond as it was before I started coloring it, I am just amazed that any color has returned.

    Has anyone else experienced this or heard of it?

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    I actually read the same thing on another thread here - someone said they used to have some grey hairs and they had disappeared. Go you!
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    OMG, I hope this happens to me!! I was 23 when I saw my first grey! Here's hoping it goes away!!

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    Copper restores hair color. Retention of copper is important. Eat lots of chocolate, oysters, and a low iron diet and consider cooking with a copper pan instead of an iron one(iron blocks copper absorption, low copper makes iron easily stored)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    Copper restores hair color. Retention of copper is important. Eat lots of chocolate, oysters, and a low iron diet and consider cooking with a copper pan instead of an iron one(iron blocks copper absorption, low copper makes iron easily stored)
    Interesting. I wonder if a person's ability to store copper determines when they go grey, and if that is genetic? My maternal grandmother still has a lot of dark hair and she's in her early 80's! My mum doesn't have many greys either.

    And then some people go grey from stress. My dad literally went white in the space of a few months when his business went under. My sister grew grey hair when she had her first baby. I wonder if it's cos' stress effects copper absorption?
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Quote Originally Posted by YogaBare View Post
    Interesting. I wonder if a person's ability to store copper determines when they go grey, and if that is genetic? My maternal grandmother still has a lot of dark hair and she's in her early 80's! My mum doesn't have many greys either.

    And then some people go grey from stress. My dad literally went white in the space of a few months when his business went under. My sister grew grey hair when she had her first baby. I wonder if it's cos' stress effects copper absorption?
    "I think the chronic loss of copper accounts for the obvious features of aging, such as the loss of elasticity of the skin, hair, and (in Parkinson's disease) substantia nigra, and for the decrease in respiratory capacity."

    Copper is poorly absorbed when there is excessive stress. Stress harms thyroid production, and thyroid hormone is crucial for copper absorption.
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    Forgot to Mention Being Hypothyroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    "I think the chronic loss of copper accounts for the obvious features of aging, such as the loss of elasticity of the skin, hair, and (in Parkinson's disease) substantia nigra, and for the decrease in respiratory capacity."

    Copper is poorly absorbed when there is excessive stress. Stress harms thyroid production, and thyroid hormone is crucial for copper absorption.
    Just after Thanksgiving, it was discovered that I was hypothyroid, however, my hair started turning blond again before i was being treated for my condition. My co-worker noticed it in early October. Last year was incredibly stressful for us with my husband having two cancer surgeries and family and work issues. It was one of the worst years we have had since we were married and I believe being Paleo helped us get through it. Hubby is incredibly healthy despite what he has been through and his Docs were impressed with how an "old timer" came through both ordeals better than men half his age.

    Despite these two things, our hair color is returning. I looked closely at my hair again yesterday (I really don't pay that much attention to it) and it is now almost all blond. No dark hair anymore at all where before it was sprinkled with black hair amongst the grey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    Copper restores hair color. Retention of copper is important. Eat lots of chocolate, oysters, and a low iron diet and consider cooking with a copper pan instead of an iron one(iron blocks copper absorption, low copper makes iron easily stored)
    Interesting. I got my first grays in my teens. At 44, I'm officially salt-n-pepper.

    My son (22 y.o.), my brother and my dad are all around the same height, 6'-6'2". But I'm 6'4", so a slight outlier. None of them has gone prematurely gray. As I think about it, one possible explanation of both is that I've always drank (drunken, drinked?) a ton of milk --- iron-rich milk. Maybe this iron/copper dyanmic came into play making me a little taller and a lot grayer?

    I've cut way back on the milk, even though I still love the stuff. Now I just need to up my oyster, liver and chocolate intake. In no time, I'll be jet black again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    Interesting. I got my first grays in my teens. At 44, I'm officially salt-n-pepper.

    My son (22 y.o.), my brother and my dad are all around the same height, 6'-6'2". But I'm 6'4", so a slight outlier. None of them has gone prematurely gray. As I think about it, one possible explanation of both is that I've always drank (drunken, drinked?) a ton of milk --- iron-rich milk. Maybe this iron/copper dyanmic came into play making me a little taller and a lot grayer?

    I've cut way back on the milk, even though I still love the stuff. Now I just need to up my oyster, liver and chocolate intake. In no time, I'll be jet black again.
    I don't think so for the milk. It's well documented that calcium inhibits iron absorption.

    Inhibitory effects of dietary calcium on the initial uptake and subsequent retention of heme and nonheme iron in humans: comparisons using an intestinal lavage method
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    I don't think so for the milk. It's well documented that calcium inhibits iron absorption.
    Ok, it was a shot in the dark.

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