Cure Baldness By Ripping Out Your Hair?
If you've ever stared down in horror at a pile of hair in the bathtub, I'm sure your mind started racing...
"Am I going bald?"
"How long until I lose all my hair?"
"Do any of those foams and cremes work?"
"What can I do to stop this in its tracks?"
What we can tell you is that you aren't alone...
In fact, there are 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. alone that are experiencing hair loss right now. It is simply a matter of growing older...
Image courtesy of Statistic Brain.
After the shock sets in, you most likely tried anything and everything under the sun to keep your hair as long as possible. In fact, in a recent survey, 47% of respondents said they'd give their life savings to regrow a full head of hair. Hair loss is that important...
Surgical hair restoration is itself a $1.87 billion industry worldwide. But a recent study has shown that you can start regrowing hair without spending a dime.
And while it may not hurt your wallet, it will hurt your head...
A team at the University of Southern California has shown that by simply plucking the hair from your head, you can grow 6 times as much regrown hair. From Science Daily:
A team led by USC Stem Cell Principal Investigator Cheng-Ming Chuong has demonstrated that by plucking 200 hairs in a specific pattern and density, they can induce up to 1,200 replacement hairs to grow in a mouse.
The study began a couple of years ago when first author and visiting scholar Chih-Chiang Chen arrived at USC from National Yang-Ming University and Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan. As a dermatologist, Chen knew that hair follicle injury affects its adjacent environment, and the Chuong lab had already established that this environment in turn can influence hair regeneration. Based on this combined knowledge, they reasoned that they might be able to use the environment to activate more follicles.
To test this concept, Chen devised an elegant strategy to pluck 200 hair follicles, one by one, in different configurations on the back of a mouse. When plucking the hairs in a low-density pattern from an area exceeding six millimeters in diameter, no hairs regenerated. However, higher-density plucking from circular areas with diameters between three and five millimeters triggered the regeneration of between 450 and 1,300 hairs, including ones outside of the plucked region.
While it seems painful and almost insane, the results speak for themselves. 6 times as much hair growth is a statistically significant amount.
Turns out that old bit of wisdom that the simplest explanation's often the correct one can hold true with hair loss. So before running out to buy Rogaine or thinking about a hair transplant ― consider your lifestyle ― and especially your diet. In fact, preventing and treating hair loss can be as easy as eating the right foods and ditching harsh hair treatments.
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"It is a good example of how basic research can lead to a work with potential translational value," said Chuong, who is a professor of pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. "The work leads to potential new targets for treating alopecia, a form of hair loss."
Chuong believes this phenomenon is casued by "quorum sensing" where cells communicate with each other and warn other cells that damage is taking place. They send out a chemical alert for help in repairing them. Here's what it looks like after the hair has been plucked:
Now, before you start ripping out all of the hair you have left, be warned. The study showed that growth only happened when a bulk of hair was yanked out in very small areas, between 3 and 5 millimeters. If hair was plucked in an area larger than 6 millimeters, there was no hair regrowth at all...
We can all hope that this will be the breakthrough that baldness sufferers have been waiting for.
In the meantime, tread very carefully if you decide to start tearing your hair out.