Here’s an interesting fact about hair: the average person sheds about 150 strands of it per day. Now, if you divide that number in half and multiply it by 10 million, you would still be $50 million short of the amount Americans spend on hair replacement, which totals a whopping $800.
That’s a lot of money, obviously, but thinning hair remains a major source of insecurity for many people, and they’re willing to pay a premium to get a full head of hair. Even scientists are hard at work on discovering the most effective to restore lost locks. As this article from UndergroundHealthReporter.com says though, stem cells may hold the key to this quandary:
Hair follicles contain two types of cells: epithelial cells (located at the bulge of the follicle) and dermal papillae cells. Xiaowei Xu, MD, PhD, associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Dermatology at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, successfully converted a large number of adult stem cells into epithelial stem cells…
Xu and team added three genes to human skin cells called dermal fibroblasts. The addition of the genes converted the fibroblasts to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs for short). The beauty of iPSCs is that they can convert into any type of cell in the human body, so researchers transformed the iPSCs into epithelial stem cells…[They] carefully regulated the timing of the growth factors the cells received so that they could manipulate the iPSCs to produce large numbers of epithelial stem cells. In just 18 days, a record-breaking 25% of iPSCs transformed into epithelial cells.
As the article notes, however, the research is still in its preliminary stages, as Xu and his team have only successfully replicated epithelial stem cells. Until they can create dermal papillae cells from pre-existing adult stem cells, half the puzzle remains unsolved.
Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must first affirm any new drug, instrument or procedure’s safety and effectiveness before they can be made publicly available—a process that requires many medical trials and perhaps years of approval.
Thankfully, surgical alternatives exist today, such as hair transplants in Mexico provided by Baja Hair Center. In this method, healthy, hair-growing follicles are transplanted from one part of your head to those where hair no longer grows.
If you want a less invasive option, Mexico hair restoration specialists can also prescribe FDA-approved drugs like Propecia, which stimulates hair growth by inhibiting the conversion of male testosterone to the hair-loss-causing DHT hormone. Aside from it, doctors can also recommend Minoxidil, a topical solution applied directly to the scalp to reduce hair loss and encourage regrowth.
(Source: Adult Stem Cells—the Key to Hair Restoration?, UndergroundHealthReporter.com)