Hair color changing back to youthful brown
December 3, 2010 8:30 AM Subscribe
I once had brown hair. Over the past ten years, it changed to grey and then to white, with very fast change during stressful periods periods in my life. After recently using a dermatological shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis, it's changing back to brown. Is this normal, why might it be happening, and might it be a problem?
posted by Ahab to health & fitness (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Recently I went to a dermatologist about an unrelated matter and he noticed that I had seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp. He prescribed a coal tar shampoo with salicylic acid and it's worked wonders. Scalp flakes gone.
But over the course of the 6 weeks I've been using it, I've noticed that the roots of my hair are growing out much darker than my standard white hair. They're brown again. I can't quite imagine I'm ever going to look quite like the old brown haired Ahab. But if it keeps going I am going to look ten years younger.
The big question is what's going on? Added points for help with whether this is normal, whether anyone ever heard of anything like it, how it might be explained, and whether it's likely to be a problem of some sort?
(Just to forestall some answers found in older threads about half white/half dark hair. This seems to be going the opposite way to normal, and nothing else has changed that I can pinpoint. Diet, exercise, etc are all pretty much the same.)
Thanks in advance.