Japanese scientists claim to have developed a method for rapidly cultivating hair follicles. This could mean a cure for baldness, which could also help people who lose their hair due to chemotherapy or illness.
So has the miracle cure, long awaited by bald and balding men, finally arrived? This is what Professor Junji Fukuda from the National University of Yokohoma believes! During the course of the research, the Japanese team succeeded in cultivating hair follicle germs (HFGs) in the cavities in which hair is formed and nourished. In order to do so, the scientists used small silicone containers and two types of cells.
The method is presented as a revolution in the face of existing techniques, the most advanced of which allows for around 50 such germs to be created at a time, which is deemed overly laborious. In terms of this new method, researchers estimate that human tests can begin within the next five years and all going well, that we could have a cure in the next decade.
So it seems that we can hold onto some home, as indicated by the works published in the review Biomaterials. People who cannot accept their baldness, or chemotherapy patients who would like to get their hair back, simply have to be patient.
“Specialist clinics often use the hair from the neck to implant it into the bare frontal areas of the scalp. The problem is that this doesn’t increase the total volume of the hair. Existing medical treatments can slow down hair loss, but cannot necessarily reverse the process”, explains the main author of the study.
Finally, it is worth noting that the researchers used “oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS)” which is commonly used in fast food restaurants for cooking chips, with the goal of preventing the oil from bubbling during cooking.