Predictions for Hair Loss Products in 2013

Well, another year has come and gone and we STILL don’t have a magic cure for hair loss. These companies keep promising and promising… yet nothing seems to come of their promises. Nevertheless, as someone who has been following stem cell technologies for hair loss since 2008, I can say that there have been breakthroughs and a lot is happening behind the scenes. Here are four hair loss product trends to watch for in 2013:

1. Anti-D2 Products. Earlier in 2012, Dr. George Cotsarelis of the University of Pennsylvania announced the discovery of an enzyme, called prostaglandin D2 (PGD2), that tells hair follicles to stop growing hair. His company, Follica, announced that it was working on a new anti-D2 product that could be a major breakthrough in hair loss. (Advantage: There are already drugs on the market for D2 that are used in asthma.)

2. Bimatoprost. Allergan is currently in clinical studies of the drug bimatoprost (Latisse) which appears to stimulate new hair growth. Results should be reported next year. The best guess is that it will turn out to be an effective treatment for hair loss, particularly for women, but probably along the lines of minoxidil — which helps some people but is not really a “cure.”

3. Histogen. A lot of people are anxiously waiting for Histogen’s Hair Stimulating Complex to finally be released… but it’s still a year or two away at best. Histogen’s product is a proprietary blend of growth factors that are surgically injected into the scalp to stimulate new hair growth.

4. Aderans. Aderans is attempting to develop a true hair cloning technology: Its Ji Gami process removes hair follicle cells from a patient’s neck… cultivates and multiplies new follicle cells in a laboratory… and then attempts to “re-seed” a bald head like a new lawn. The company is now in Phase II clinical trials all across North America. Aderans has said it should release its product in 2014 but we should begin to hear a lot more about it next year.

If I had to guess, I would say that hair cloning will turn out to be the treatment of choice going forward. It will not be a silver bullet but will be more like hair transplant surgery than a lotion. The difference is that, with hair cloning, doctors may yield a more cosmetic pleasing result than what is now possible with limited amounts of donor hair.

So, the question remains: What do hair loss sufferers do until hair cloning arrives? We’ve always said you should try a “kitchen sink” approach. You should visit a medical doctor who specializes in treating hair loss. Ask his or her advice on finasteride and minoxidil. Try some of the anti-DHT shampoos and conditioners on the market, like DS Laboratories Revita and Revita.COR. Try cold laser treatments (certified by the FDA as effective for stimulating hair regrowth). If you have extra cash and are willing to try an experimental treatment, you could try growth factor serums such as RegenRXx or Oxford Biolabs TRX2 (both of which we offer in our products section). You could also find a doctor willing to try Bimatoprost as an off-label treatment, although I would rather wait under the Allergan clinical studies are completed. I honestly believe that you should try to slow down the hair loss as much as possible… because some sort of viable hair cloning treatment may be just around the corner.

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