Can stem cell hair loss products give you 1,000 new hairs?

What if hair loss products could grow 1,000 new hairs on your head? Would you be interested?

Well, that’s one of the claims that has been made for a stem cell approach to treating hair loss: 1,000 new hairs.

But before you run out and sign up, consider this: The average adult has approximately 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles on his or her head and up to 5 million follicles on the entire body. (Yes, there are some variations between men and women.) But the point is this: 1,000 new hairs, while exciting, will not cover your head. It’s a start, but not enough for a cosmetically pleasing result.

We’ve recently posted on our site a very exciting research paper on stem cell treatments for hair loss. It’s the ground-breaking research that discovered that the hair follicles in bald men are not “dead” but only dormant… and that the trick to slowing down and reversing hair loss is to give these stem cells the chemicals signals they need (known as growth factors) to, in a sense, wake up. Click on the link below to read the paper…

Bald scalp in men with androgenetic alopecia
retains hair follicle stem cells but lacks
CD200-rich and CD34-positive hair follicle
progenitor cells

As for practicalities, right now there are only two ways to use this breakthrough research for yourself: (1) Sign up for a clinical trial for experimental stem cell treatments at research laboratories; or (2) try one of a tiny handful of topical stem cell growth serums that are derived from Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (HFCM).

Growth factor serums are now being sold that take adult stem cells, usually from fat tissue, and culture them in laboratory media… allowing the stem cells to excrete what are called “growth factors.” It is these growth factors that scientists now believe are the key to reviving dormant stem cells.

However, here’s the big unanswered question: Can the use of TOPICAL growth factor serums penetrate deep enough in the scalp to revive the dormant stem cells? The manufacturers say that they do… and we have heard from delighted customers who claim it definitely has slowed down their hair loss. (We also heard from one customer, a totally bald man, who said it didn’t help him enough to make it worth while. As I said, 1,000 hairs sounds like a lot but, even if true, and I don’t know that it is, that’s not enough to cover a totally bald head.)

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