They say science doubles its knowledge every 14 years. While I don’t know if that’s true, I know that hair transplant surgeons seems to come up with a new technique every decade or so.
At the same time, other hair restoration scientists are constantly learning new reasons behind hair fall and how to correct the problem.
For a previous article, I studied the latest hair transplant techniques and the surgeons who perform them from all over the world.
While the science behind those surgeries was very impressive, I found what scientists are doing with that knowledge even more intriguing. I’m very excited to share with you what’s on the horizon in the field of growing hair.
Hair Cloning Hair Multiplication
The newest technique hair restoration specialists are talking about is hair cloning. It was first developed at Columbia University (who is still the leader in the field).
While it is still in the experimental stage, it will soon be approved for use with the general public and I want you to know about it when you start seeing it advertised.
Hair cloning begins by extracting 20-30 hair follicles from a donor area. Then, the hair follicles are taken to a lab where they are treated with gene serums for the next several weeks. The serums are designed to promote healing.
Instead of the donor tissue healing into scalp as it would in a transplant, it heals around itself and forms a healthy hair follicle.
Then, portions of the healthy follicle are extracted and the process begins again.
Essentially, out of one extracted hair follicle the cells can be used to grow hundreds of identical new follicles.
These new follicles can be transplanted back into the scalp just as they would a normal transplant. For the price of 30 hairs you can literally get 1000! Sounds amazing? It is.
The only problem is the technique has not left the laboratories at Columbia University and competing institutions. It is still new. It has not been approved for use in the general public.
It is also a very costly endeavor. So, it may be a 1 or 2 more years before you and I could reap the benefits of hair cloning. Even newer is the technique of hair multiplication.
In this case, a hair in the growing anagen stage with the root ball in tack is plucked from the scalp. This hair is taken to a lab where the cells around the root ball are multiplied in vitro.
It takes several weeks, but eventually the cells will grow into a brand new hair follicle surrounding the root ball. It is as if a brand new body part was grown!
The new follicle which is grown can be implanted directly into the scalp just as it is in direct hair transplantation. From then on, your post-op regiment is no different than any other transplant surgery.
The only except is, no scalp or follicle tissue has to be removed from a donor area. There are no donor scars and the donor area never has to thin.
Of course, hair cloning and especially hair multiplication are brand new. Scientists still have a few more years of study before the process can be used at hair restoration clinics.
They are still trying to determine the best donor hair strand candidates. They are trying to figure out how to manipulate the cells to make them more DHT resistant. They are also trying to make the process more available and affordable for use worldwide.
It seems like scientists are always studying and manipulating genes. It used to be they studied genes to figure out why problems happen.
Now they study how to use genes to repair damage already done. Gene therapists are now developing new techniques for hair restoration which you may find interesting.
The American Hair Loss Association calls gene therapy the “best hope for a future cure.” Wow! It is amazing because scientists are learning how to rewrite the way your body uses DHT.
This process is still in the beginning stages. At university laboratories throughout the globe, experts are studying what part of our DNA at a molecular level makes our hair follicles susceptible to DHT.
It is their goal to develop a therapy to manipulate our DNA to make our hair follicles more DHT resistant.
It isn’t really as easy as that sounds. There are literally more than 10,000 individual DNA strands in every human.
First, scientists have to separate those strands related to hair growth and DHT.
Next, they have to determine how to alter the individual strands to achieve the goals. Imagine a Rubix Cube with 3 million sides, that’s how hard it is to target a certain DHA change.
Once a possible strand is created, it must be nurtured and implanted into a living organism and given the ability to overwrite the existing DNA code. Essentially, change a little bit of the very code to being a human.
It is important to note that this therapy is meant to make a hair follicle DHT resistant. This will allow it to stay strong and healthy as the toxic hormone attacks. However, if a hair follicle is already dead there is no saving it.
The initial papers regarding this technique were published in 1998. However, it will be a very long time before you and I ever see a hair loss clinic offering this solution.
That doesn’t mean it won’t be the solution we’ve all hoped for, it just means it may not arrive soon enough to save our hair.
Enhanced Whey Protein Concentrate
Recently the ISHRS (The International Society of Hair Restoration Specialists) published a study on a highly anticipated serum being investigated Enhanced Whey Protein.
As you know, your body needs protein to grow, heal from a surgery, and to maintain a certain level of fitness. However, most protein comes with an unnatural supply of hormones.
You may remember the discussion of hormones from The Hair Loss Black Book. It is very difficult to find a hormone-free source of protein. Animal proteins, or meat, are full of natural hormones similarly to our own bodies.
Meat that is not organic is pumped full of artificial hormones, but organic natural meat contains a fair share itself. Furthermore, metabolization of meat requires a lot of work from your liver and pancreas, which pump out the DHT producing enzyme 5AR.
Plant proteins, specifically soy and pea protein, also raise your hormones. They themselves are full of estrogen which is a natural counter ingredient to testosterone.
However, the estrogen they provide is very difficult to metabolize and has been closely linked to breast cancer and thyroid malfunction.
Whey protein is derived from fermented dairy. As you may recall from the book, fermentation boost a food’s immunoglobulins and lactoferrin. These are bioactive ingredients which mean they actively help your body stay alive.
As you can imagine, a bioactive ingredient is NEVER a bad thing.
Enhanced whey protein has been processed during fermentation to change the amino acid chains of the protein. This makes them highly absorbable by the body but easily digestible.
In fact, they are so highly absorbable they can be metabolized directly by muscle and skin tissue (including ailing scalp tissue) and do not require the liver or pancreas to produce any 5AR.
Enhanced whey protein is currently being studied as a protein supplement for post hair restoration surgery patients.
It is only in the beginning stages of development and is not available to the general public. However, I look forward to hearing more about this concentrate and what it can offer for those of us in The Hair Loss Black Book program.
It always amazes me how much more we know about our bodies than we did last year. The medical breakthroughs keep coming.
What we know now about hair loss is 20X more than what we knew about it in 1993. I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited to see what’s coming next.
In the meantime, we are not without hope. In fact, we have excellent options available to save our hair right now.
Science is working to make our scalp DHT resistant; we can work on reducing DHT throughout our bodies with The Hair Loss Black Book. If you’re ready to commit, it’s ready to help you regrow your hair.
We are on this journey together and I’m always excited to see how science will make The Hair Loss Black Book even better. So stay tuned!