Are you losing your locks? Are you doing anything about it? How’s it working out for you?
In a report published in 2017, researchers from Yokohama National University in Japan found a way to quickly grow Hair Follicle Germs. Don’t let the word “germ” scare you. HFGs aren’t the bad kind.
Hair Follicle Germs reproduce hair follicles, the tiny organs all over your body that regulate hair growth. And they might just be the cure to baldness!
While today’s treatments create about 50 hair follicle germs at a time, researchers were able to create 5000 in just a few days. Once perfected, this technique won’t just slow hair loss, it will reverse it!
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait a bit. Human trials won’t start for another 5 years, but this breakthrough treatment could be available within a decade! Need a solution now?
Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered. First of all, you’ve got to accept that hair loss happens to everybody, and can occur for a variety of reasons.
Your hair loss might be hereditary, it might be caused by stress, or it might be the sign of a seriousness illness. If hair loss is accompanied by any scarring along your scalp or a change in your voice, you might want to see your doctor, just to be safe!
In general though, most people lose about 100 hairs a day, sometimes twice that after a shampoo! That’s nothing compared to the 100,000 hairs one generally has on their head at any given time!
But with baldness or alopecia, new hairs stop growing from follicles after old ones have fallen out. If that sounds familiar, here are some things you can try:
Better known by its trade name, Rogaine, Minoxidil is applied to the scalp to slow or prevent hair loss. While it only works for about 40% of people, you’ll likely see results after about 4 months. But once you start, you can’t stop.
If you do, the new hairs you’ve grown will start falling out, and you’ll be back to square one. …Or should I say, root one?
2. A Hair Transplant
Minoxidil might be able to keep your hair from falling out, but it can’t re-grow what you’ve already lost. If you’ve already gone bald, either completely or in a small area of your scalp, and you want that hair back, then your best bet right now is a hair transplant.
A hair transplant involves a surgeon taking skin with working hair follicles from one part of your head, and grafting it to another part where growth has stopped. After about 6 months, most patients see 60% growth from where there used to be nothing! But when a hair transplant typically comes with a $10,000 price tag, you have to decide if new locks are worth the cost.
3. Be bold!
You already know that a brand new treatment is on the way, so why not wait for it? In the meantime, you could embrace your baldness, and see how it works for you! In a 2012 study, participants compared pictures men with and without their hair.
The results showed that, when bald, these men were considered taller, stronger, and more dominant. So who knows, maybe you too can be as tough as Dwayne the Rock Johnson, or as fearless as Natalie Portman. The research is in your corner!
Of course, hair alone doesn’t guarantee love, respect, or success.
Broaden your mind, build a winning personality, and believe in yourself! That’s one miracle cure you don’t have to wait for!
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