by Dr. Phoenyx Austin via

Hi ladies, Dr. Phoenyx here! I hope you all had a rockin’ 4th and before we get to our regularly scheduled program, I’d like to make two fabulous announcements! One, I’d like to report that I’ve now leaped into the wonderful world of blogging. Yay! After years of writing for magazines and other blogs, I now have my own home! And two, I’m actually out of the US and in the Caymans for the next few days. For those who don’t know, I’m also a media personality. And while on this fabulous island, I will be shooting guest appearances on a popular daytime talk show. I will also be blogging and vlogging (and taking tons of pics) while in the Caymans, so be sure to check out my Facebook page and blog for highlights!

Now back to our regularly scheduled program…

A few days ago I read that a “cure” for grey hair may be coming soon! Just think, henna and hair dye may soon become a thing of the past.

A group of researchers at New York University Medical Center recently announced that they have discovered the biochemical pathway for grey hair. What does that mean? Well it means they now know exactly what causes gray hair to appear, paving the way for a cure to prevent it. The study was recently published in the journal Cell. And the biochemical pathway is controlled by wnt- a protein that controls pigmentation in hair follicles.

Scientists have isolated protein wnt and so far have succeeded in turning black-haired mice gray by inhibiting the wnt protein pathway. And they are extremely hopeful that they should also be able to achieve the reverse process.

And there are some added bonuses that may be coming with this new discovery. Previous research showed that wnt is also responsible for the production of new hair follicles. And apparently wnt is also vital for hair growth, suggesting that a treatment that keeps hair dark would have the added advantage of also stopping it from thinning.

Wouldn’t that be something?! A cure for grey hair (and maybe even thinning hair) could be in the near future.

Do you have issues with grey and/or thinning hair? If a “cure” for this became available tomorrow, would you sign up for it? How do you treat your grey and/or thinning hair now?

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