The iGrow hair growth system has been released for 2013-2014, which claims to revolutionize the way hair is grown. The developers say that the iGrow will “re-energize” hair follicles so that they will go back to growing hair. The system costs £665, but it will reportedly start to show results in as little as 6 weeks, though the system will take a full 9 months to complete the hair growth process.
About the iGrow Hair Growth System
The iGrow hair growth system is a helmet that is designed to be worn for 25 minutes every day. People that are already suffering from hereditary hair thinning or have already gone bald can use this system to help address their symptoms. The iGrow system does not promise results before nine months, but claim that it can help people start growing hair back as soon as 6-8 months into treatment. Some are concerned over purchasing the machine because it comes with an expensive price tag, but manufacturers note that a full hair transplant would cost £4,000 – £30,000 which is significantly more than what one could expect to pay for a home treatment, particularly one that is said to be just as effective.
The iGrow system is not said to have any side effects, and those that have used it have not reported any kind of discomfort when using the system. The only negative aspect of the iGrow is that users must wear the helmet for 25 minutes at a time, but the system has incorporated an MP3 interface and built-in iPod to help the time pass more quickly. Dr. Thomy Kouremada-Zioga who performs professional hair transplants notes that the form of light treatment used in the iGrow system is safe and has been known to improve the effects of pattern balding or andorgenetic alopecia on both men and women.
How the iGrow Hair Growth System Works
The iGrow hair growth system is based on technology that has been used in a variety of hair management systems for many years. Laser combs using LLLT hair growth technology have been around for many years and are also known to help people re-grow hair in balding areas. The iGrow has simply expanded the idea by encouraging hair growth on a larger area than the comb could manage to treat. Those using a small comb may only notice that areas that were thinning become thicker which may not be a suitable option for many who are seeking out a solution for their hair loss.
The iGrow is not without its critics, however. Some claim that while the iGrow can make thin hair look thicker, it is not necessarily capable of reversing baldness that has already set in. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of conditions, and not all can be treated equally. Doctors recommend that those interested in the iGrow make the effort to talk with their doctor to determine if this could be used as a long term hair growth solution or if this laser treatment is not designed for the type of hair loss they suffer.
Men, women and in some cases children can be affected by baldness. Many therapies including topical treatments, hair pieces, wigs, vitamin supplements, drugs, hats, shaving away remaining hair or transplant surgeries are recommended as means of addressing baldness when it occurs. In addition to these direct therapies, a full industry has developed around the idea of helping people cope with hair loss including support groups, hair loss associations and counselors. Because there is so much money to be made from this blossoming industry, there are plenty of groups that are hoping to scam people out of hard earned money to get a cure for their baldness. However, hard science may officially debunk these other so-called cures. The University of Pennsylvania believes they have developed a gene therapy cure for baldness that could officially provide a permanent remedy for this issue.
Using Genes Therapy Cure for Baldness
Scientists once believed that hair follicles develop in the womb and you do not continue to develop follicles after birth. Therefore, when follicles are damaged or shut down there is no way to repair them or get them to go back to growing hair. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania believe that there is a way to manipulate genes to cause them to develop more hair follicles. Dr. George Cotsarelis and his team have manipulated a gene known as Wnt in mice that can be applied to a number of conditions, including treating skin conditions, wounds and hair loss.
Wnt helps to heal wounds and convince the body to grow new hair follicles. Experiments indicate that this process can be manipulated to convince an area to develop many more hair follicles than those that were present previously, effectively creating a gene therapy cure for baldness. To determine this effectiveness, scientists removed samples of skin from mice and increased stem cell activity in the sections the skin was taken from. Blocking Wnt in these sections stopped hair growth, but stimulating Wnt was found to heal the skin without scarring and normal hair growth that would be expected for the fur of a mouse. The follicles that developed in these areas acted like normal follicles, producing hair that looked and acted exactly the same as hair that was present in areas that had not been damaged.
Bringing Gene Therapy for Baldness Public
Technology that was developed to create this gene therapy cure for baldness has been licensed to Follica Inc. in hopes that they will be able to develop a public treatment that could be used to treat hair loss and similar conditions in humans. This could in theory be used to correct scalp conditions excessive hair growth or acne if the genes are manipulated the right way. The key to this development will be determine how to bridge the gap between how these genes behave in mice and how they will behave in humans. There have been initial reports that have worked to isolate the proper genes in humans which should allow for similar manipulation of natural follicles.