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Scientists Are Waking “Sleeping” Hair Follicles For Men Who Are Balding

Photography by NHOPHOTOS; Chicago, IL

Men, if you’re struggling with balding Dr. Bruno Bernard, head of hair biology at L’Oreal in Paris, may be your new hero. Thanks to his research, L’Oreal is in the process of creating a product to awake your sleeping hair follicles. “We have identified a compound and we are going to make a formulation of it that can be applied to the scalp to wake the follicle up from its sleeping state to the active state,” Dr. Bernard stated.

According to Dr. Bernard, hair follicles exist in two stable states: an active state or a dormant state. From time to time, they will change from one state to another. “Some of the follicles are just resting in the dormant state and are waiting for the right signal to make new hair. They are in a latency period. If you can reduce this latency period, you will have more hair” he said.

Up to half of all men suffer from androgenic alopecia, the most common cause of hair loss and thinning in humans. Typically the hair strands grow continually for a period of up to four years before the follicles switch to a dormant state and the strand of hair falls out. During this dormant period, stem cells in the skin begin the processes needed to grow new hair. For people who are balding, the aforementioned process can stall and cease the forming of new hair.

A release date for the product has not been announced. While it appears that the product’s primary market will be for aging men, we’re hopeful that women can use the product as well. Super model Naomi Campbell will make a great celebrity endorser of the product, as her balding has made headlines across the world.

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4 Responses to Scientists Are Waking “Sleeping” Hair Follicles For Men Who Are Balding

  1. Pingback: TICKER: Balding? Cry no more: Scientists say they can wake "sleeping" hair follicles for men | YNaija

  2. robert little Reply

    August 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    as you know there are all kinds of products on the market and Im just one of the men out here that some one has finaly come up with the right one Thanks

  3. anonymous Reply

    August 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Is this product for real or just one of an endless line of gimmicks designed to help a handful of execs get rich?

    Remember, skin lightening creams for black women?

  4. Patty Reply

    September 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Many thanks pοіnting this bit out. I cаn bе found loosіng my haіr to get
    more than 5 years. It іs truly driving me insane еveгything I try I find уou get less hair.
    Hοpe it will aid me.

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