Cures For Baldness
The Many Cures For Baldness
There are many cures for baldness on the market today, and they all share one thing in common. None of them work. That may seem a little harsh, after all hair restoration is a billion dollar a year industry, and one would think that given all the money that is poured into hair loss solutions, there should be something that will do the job.
One of the problems of course is a matter of semantics. By cures for baldness are we talking about preventing baldness, or growing hair back once it's disappeared, or both? It makes a little more sense to talk about hair loss and cures for hair loss, rather than baldness. Hair loss is a process and baldness is a condition.
All is not lost however, as there have been studies and clinical tests which indicated that sometime in the perhaps not to distant future, it will be possible to reduce hair loss or stop it entirely, and even cultivate a new growth of hair on the shiniest of domes. In the meantime there is an abundance of oils, creams, and various concoctions you can smear on your scalp, then sit back and wait for something to happen. In many if not most cases, you can sit and wait until the cows come home and there will be not a single new sprout of hair to show for it.
Many of the cures for baldness link baldness to hormone levels, although the levels of testosterone in men or women really don't seem to correlate with the amount of hair or the amount of hair loss one might experience. Other remedies are based upon ancient knowledge, usually of Asian origin which sound mystical, and therefore to some, practical.
Two Products That Work - So what's the problem? The problem is that our hair follicles over time often become damaged or weakened, and at some point the hair shaft in that follicle will cease to continue growing. A damaged hair follicle is as good as a dead one, or so it seems. It is, or at least has been in most cases, and irreparable situation. Still, hair loss remedies such as Rogaine and Propecia do seem to yield results, and are even approved by the FDA. Ironically, both products were developed for other purposes and were found to regenerate hair growth as a kind of by product, a very welcome by product.
The reason these products work, and they do work, is that the hair follicles are not completely dead or useless, but simply need something to get them producing again. Rogaine and Propecia do not work equally for everyone, but seem to be the best products we have at the moment. They still are not a cure for baldness. Once you're truly bald, that's it. Or is it?
Gene Therapy - All we really need as a cure for baldness is something that will regenerate hair follicles, something that is believed doesn't happen after we are born. We are born with tall of the hair follicles we'll ever have, and as we lose them over the years, we lose hair. Scientists have now hit upon gene therapy as a possible means of regenerating hair follicles. If that is successful, and the outlook is positive, bald people may someday be able to sport a whole crop of regenerated hair follicles and a whole new crop of hair.
Don't hold your breath, but there is lots of money currently being poured into gene therapy. Right now, laboratory mice are the recipients of new hair, but the consensus seems to be that humans will someday share in the good news, and before too very long.