Generally speaking, women dig gray hair. But for guys who fear they’ll look more Rip Van Winkle than Anderson Cooper when they go grey — or for guys who go prematurely gray — there’s good news — and it doesn’t involve blowing hard-earned coin on regular hair-dye treatments.
A new report from the FASEB Journal claims that a cure for grey hair is within reach. According to the report, “massive oxidative stress” from the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle is what’s responsible for hair essentially bleaching itself. To combat this, the researchers used a UVB-activated topical compound called PC-KUS, since coming up with a less-nerdy name would cheapen their accomplishment. In other words, they’ve created something that’ll get to the, ahem, root of the problem instead of simply covering it up with hair dye.
Scientists hope a similar sme treatment will also treat the skin condition vitiligo, which causes a loss of pigmentation — it’s what Michael Jackson had. (Seriously, he really did have that.)