Japanese researchers have announced that they have developed a method of very rapid growth of hair follicles that could eventually, they say, get rid of baldness or to remedy hair loss due to chemotherapy or certain diseases.
Their study uses two types of cells placed in small silicone containers to cultivate “hair follicle germs”, the source of small cavities where the hair is born and nourished.
Led by Professor Junji Fukuda of Yokohama National University, the Japanese team managed to cultivate 5,000 of these “germs” in a few days. This method is presented as a big step in comparison to the existing laborious techniques that manage to create just fifty of these “germs” at a time.
Tests on humans are not planned for five years but researchers are convinced that this technique could be used to reconstitute abundant locks. It could also help people with cancer who went through chemotherapy or suffering from diseases that cause hair loss, said Fukuda, whose work was published in the journal Biomaterials.
A new treatment using this technique could be available in 10 years, said the professor.