Going Bald? Fear Not, Scientists are Developing a New Cure for Baldness

new research and possible cure for for male baldness

There are definitely some people out there who can pull off “the bald look”, but if we are going to be really honest – most of us would prefer to have the choice between a lush mane and shaving it all off. Today between 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States experience complete or partial loss of hair, a condition that can cause feelings such as embarrassment, low self esteem and even stress.

Throughout history, hair has always played an important roll in a person’s self-image, but also the image they present to others. For men, a healthy head of hair has been equated with vigor and virility; for women it has represented femininity and beauty. Losing hair can greatly alter those impressions.

But due to a number of researchers who believe in the magic of stem cells, there is increasing hope that the regrowth of human hair will soon be possible – all thanks to a few optimistic researchers, and some laboratory mice.

Dr. Cheng-Ming Chuong, professor of pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, California, is the senior investigator of a study published in August 2017, by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

He and his team of researchers were researching a way in which hair follicles can be grown from skin cells reproduced in-vitro in the lab. In the study, the researchers outlined a step-by-step sequence of events in the production of hair follicles from skin. They were able to generate hair by uncovering the major molecular events that are needed for the growth of the skin. The discovery was made possible by testing the sequence on mice.

New research for male baldness
A team of researchers are discovering a way in which hair follicles can be grown from skin cells.

Many aging individuals do not grow hair well because cells lose their regenerative ability over time. With these new findings, the researchers were able to make adult mouse cells produce hair again, Dr. Chuong states in a press release.

The researchers at the lab cannot confirm when exactly human trials can begin, but they are optimistic that their findings can soon treat conditions such as alopecia and baldness. The procedure would use the patient’s own steam cells in order to grow skin that has hair follicles. This first step would happen in a lab, and afterwards the skin would be transplanted onto the bald areas of the scalp.

Lay the Groundwork for Healthier Hair by Taking a Supplement

The new stem cell research is very exciting, but this is not a procedure that will become an option for people with thinning hair today. By taking a supplement that works from within, strengthening the health of both your body and your hair, you can lay the groundwork today for future healthy hair growth! Nutrafol’s supplement is especially designed to provide the essential nutrients for growing hair as well as target the potential triggers of thinning hair. With thorough research, its team of doctors has been digging deeper to find the root causes of compromised hair health and uncover the underlying factors of hair thinning.

Nutrafol has been shown to raise levels of the body’s natural antioxidant defenses, combat aging, increase factors that support the follicles and boost the immune system. With this, the damaged follicles are given a chance to heal from within.

Balance is Key When It Comes to Healthy Hair

Each follicle has its own independent biological clock that ticks and signals the follicle to grow hair, lose hair or lay dormant. However, when it is out of balance, under attack, or its environment is altered, the process of hair production is disrupted.

New science proves how a multitude of internal and external triggers create an imbalance in the body’s immune system and metabolic pathways, making supplements a good future investment for your hair.

Dr. Cheng-Ming Chuong and his researchers are, like the doctors at Nutrafol, working hard to understand and combat hair loss. Take charge of your own hair health today by taking a supplement that provides essential nutrients to your hair and your body!

Are Your Hair Products Making You go Bald? We Asked Some Experts! (part II)

Male baldness process

Nutrafol had a chat with Colin Sanders, a cosmetics tester and consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the topical pharmaceutical industry. Colin has come across a wide variety of products during his career. So we asked him the following: Are the majority of haircare products are safe to use? Is it possible that a harmful gel or wax could slip through the nets of the testers? And, can you go bald if you use them?

“It is very unlikely indeed”, says Sanders. “Affecting hair growth positively or negatively is a tough challenge. And even hard line pharmaceuticals like Minoxidil [an anti-hair loss drug] don’t have dramatic effects”, Sanders continues.

Hair products and the damage on your hair

Since the early nineties, all cosmetic products have had to pass a written assessment by a suitably-qualified person. So it would be quite unlikely for something harmful to slip through. The only way a product currently available on the market could damage your hair is if you used a dye to continually recolour your hair. This may make you more likely to develop an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in them and damage your scalp.

“But, even then”, Sanders stresses, “the risk would still be pretty low. I’m a chemist and I don’t find chemicals particularly scary in general. Hair products represent a pretty low level of exposure to chemicals compared to other things that we eat and breathe.”

There are other factors that determine if you are going to suffer from hair loss. And whilst gels, waxes and hairsprays may not be helping the issue, they certainly aren’t causing it. So what should men be concerned about if they want to hold onto a full head of hair? Nutrafol asked Vanessa Bailey, a consultant trichologist at The Hair Clinic in Westminster.

The male balding process

The male balding process is determined by factors such as genes, hormones, poor health and poor diets“, explains Vanessa Bailey.
“However, there is a chance that dermatitis could develop if irritants are routinely massaged into the scalp”, she continues. And this can be detrimental to hair growth. “That is why you should just apply these products to the hair. Never the scalp”, she went on to tell us.
Gels and hairsprays are the worst offenders, Bailey points out. But there is still no need to completely steer away from these products. Simply look for lower-alcohol products and adhere to regular hair shampooing. And it helps to choose a supplement that is designed to provide you with the building blocks for healthy hair. Your best first line of defense, as always, is to consult with a medical professional. Ideally, one who specializes in hair issues, like a dermatologist, a hair restoration specialist or a trichologist.

Going bald
The maleness is determined by different factors including genes, hormones, poor health and poor diets.

How often should a man wash the product out of his hair to avoid going bald?

Ideally, hair products should be washed out after twenty four hours, advises Bailey. “I always recommend that you should shampoo daily. If these products are left in longer than that, a build-up on the scalp is likely. And this build-up may cause an itchy, inflamed and scaly scalp.
I once came across a patient who ruined his hair with excessive use of hair gel. He applied the product on his hair every day. And he did not shampoo his hair for a period of three weeks. The lengths were so damaged by the time he finally shampooed his hair, that they needed to be cut off”. “However”, she continues, “this was only cosmetic damage, of course – and didn’t mean that he became more susceptible to baldness”.

This is How You Can Tell Whether You Will Go Bald

There is a saying that you inherit your hair from your mother’s side of the family, more precisely, if your mother’s father is bald, the chances are that you will also experience hair loss.

But nowadays, it is known that your father’s genes play an equally big part in deciding the hairiness of your head. “Hair-loss genes can be inherited from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family, or a combination of the two,” said Dr. Alan J. Bauman, who is a hair restoration physician, in a recent interview.

There are about 200 genes that affect your hair growth or lack thereof, which means it is impossible to predict what combination these genes will organize in. Siblings with the same parents can inherit different combinations.

Today we do not need to look at old photos of ancestors and guess what our hair will look like in the future. Now, there are scientific methods of deciding this. It can be as easy as a DBA swab from inside your cheek, and the doctors can tell how sensitive you are to dihydrotestosterone, DHT.

DHT is the main culprit in hair loss. The DNA test can also predict how effective hair loss medications like Propecia will be on you. But what exactly is it that makes you go bald?

What Causes Someone to Go Bald?

Most commonly, hair loss is caused by a genetic sensitivity to the male hormone DHT. Testosterone is converted into DHT by an enzyme reaction in the body and is normally up to 10%. It is an essential male hormone that gives males male characteristics. However, when a person has a heightened susceptibility to the effects of DHT, the problems start.

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There are many reasons people go bald, and nowadays you can find out what the likelihood is through a DNA test.

DHT is necessary for the growth of hair on the body, but too much of it will have the opposite effect on the hair on the head. It is believed that the DHT causes hair follicles on the scalp to shrink until they stop producing hair. This is a major cause of pattern hair loss in both males and females.

However, there are tons of other reasons you lose your hair. Factors like stress, sleep deprivation, depression or trauma can have a severe impact on your hair growth. That is because extended periods of stress will heighten your body’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This will cause the hair follicles to stop producing hair and shed. This can also happen after giving birth.

What You Can Do

No one wants to go bald, but unfortunately, it is a reality for most men. However, there are things you can do to slow the process. A hair transplant operation is an option for those with serious problems. You can also take medications like Propecia or Rogaine. As always, consult with your doctor before starting a medication as it may come with unwanted side-effects.

To avoid going bald in the long run, you can lead a healthy lifestyle and eat foods that support hair growth. Some examples are fatty fish like salmon, protein rich food like yogurt and meat, dark greens like spinach and colorful fruits and vegetables. Remember that sufficient water also plays an important role. All the cells in your body need hydration to stay healthy.

Wind down and do not stress. Stress has a negative impact on your whole body, but it also affects your hair growth. If you have time, do a scalp massage at home with an essential oil. Massaging your scalp will increase the circulation and blood flow, promoting healthy hair growth and cell rejuvenation.

You can also take a natural supplement, that will provide you with the essential vitamins and minerals you need to keep your hair happy. Nutrafol supplements contain several naturally derived ingredients that work synergistically to aid your natural hair growth.

Make an active decision to not go bald – there are too many ways to avoid it.