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Hair Getting Less Grey After Gluten Free


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#1 Austin Guy

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 02:42 PM

OK, this seems strange. I'm a 53 year old man who has used Grecian Formula for around 5 years. The strange thing is that I have not used it in a few weeks and my hair seems to be trending back to a more brown shade anyway. Anyone experience hair color restoration after going gluten free?
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#2 bisja

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 03:43 PM

I will be interested in what others might say on this as it seems I remember hearing that B vitamins have alot to do with hair and the lack of certain ones, in premature greying. I wonder if your body is starting to use the vitamins and minerals better now that you are gluten free. hmmmmmmmm I wish I would see this happening :)
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#3 zentex

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:07 PM

This would be a wonderful "perk" of going gluten free. I'll be checking my hair daily now... :)
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#4 Jestgar

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 05:14 PM

Yep. Hair went back to brown. I think it's pretty common. A friend who went gluten-free got fewer grey hairs AND whiter teeth.

A small perk of this miniscule dietary change. :)
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:18 PM

It went darker, but it was not a good dark, as the steel- grey was coming in much darker than the lite reddish blonde- brown I had as a young adult. I remember looking in the mirror under florescent lighting in a restroom when out of the house, and going Oh My God, What Is This with the roots showing up this badly.

It's made trying to color it to something age appropriate a lot trickier.

Now it's coming in lighter again, finally.

More entranced with the texture, thickness, and curl change.
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#6 zentex

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:27 PM

What happens to the texture, thickness and curl? Will I lose my soft, thick, curly hair? That would be a bummer...
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:17 AM

It is true that premature greying can be caused by vitamin defiency. B12 is usually the first to come up when researching the connection, but I have heard of others associated too.

The texture should not change at this point. The amount of curl in hair is determined by the shape of the A. the hole it is coming out of and the shape o the folicle. The more perfect the circle/roundness ~ the straighter the hair. The more of an oval shape ~ the curlier the hair.

Biotin (a B vitamin) is wonderful for hair and nail growth and metabolism.
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#8 chasbari

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:20 AM

I think I am noticing the gray going away. The biggest change was going from hair that was like dried straw to soft and finer hair. I will have to summon the courage to ask someone if it appears that my hair color has changed in the last few years. I have color blindness issues and it has always been harder for me to tell.
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#9 GlutenFreeManna

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:22 AM

My hair has always had white-blonde streaks in it. When I was really sick it was straw-like, tangled so badly I broke several brushes trying to get the knots out and it was falling out in clumps. Within 6 months of being gluten-free my hair started to get soft again and the lightest blonde parts grew out darker blonde, the underlying blonde part grew in brown. Now (18 months gluten-free) I have noticed it is lightening up again but it is still soft and managable and no longer falling out in large amounts. The strange thing is my eyebrows which have always been light brown are now slowly turning platinum blonde. As new hairs grow in they are blonde! I'm not sure what to make of that at all! People always acused me of dying my hair because my eyebrows were brown and I had blonde streaks. Now I'm sure people that see me regularly think I'm using hair dye, but I have never dyed my hair.
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#10 AMom2010

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:34 AM

I noticed my grays disappeared when I was pregnant. It has been said autoimmune disorders often go into remission during pregnancy. I have been gluten-free for a month and hopefully I will see them disappear again!
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#11 Austin Guy

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 12:11 PM

Very cool little benefit. I've been gluten free just since early May and wonder what other benefits I will start seeing over the next year or so.
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#12 sb2178

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:41 PM

I sort of think I have less. I used to always notice it under fluorescent light, but not so often now.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 08:14 AM

I sort of think I have less. I used to always notice it under fluorescent light, but not so often now.


I have to laugh. I used to hate fluorescent light exactly because of this. It was scary how it would make me suddenly look twenty five years older.
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#14 Ahorsesoul

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 08:31 AM

Yes to less grey and my hair color is stronger than it has been in years. Thanks for the post. I thought I was seeing things. lol
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#15 Fairy Dancer

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:24 PM

I could do with that benefit as I am going grey and have been for years! It's really noticeable on me as well because my hair is naturally very dark and the grey is white in contrast. I'd love for my hair to return to it's naturally dark colour but for now I have to use hair dye to help it lol.

Even my body hair is starting to turn white in places...can't dye that though lol.

On the bright side the hair blends in with my complexion as I'm naturally pale skinned. Unfortunately I burn like hell if I go out in the sun though. I don't suppose going gluten free can improve that at all?
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