Baldness critical breakthrough found by scientists, a revolutionary experience that could improve the lives of millions of people. After weeks of testing, US scientists recently presented a critical breakthrough for baldness at a conference on stem cell research.
To achieve a satisfactory result, the researchers created hair follicles that grow through the skin, using induced human pluripotent stem cells, that is to say, capable of multiplying to infinity and differentiating into types of cells that make up an adult organism.
The tests involved grafting human stem cells onto mouse cells and attaching them to tiny scaffolds to control hair growth and help them integrate the skin. The scaffolds were then placed under the skin of the mice, allowing the hair to grow through.
“This method is revolutionary in the development of therapies based on the treatment of hair loss and represents a real breakthrough in regenerative medicine,” said Dr. Alexey Terskikh, an associate professor at the Sanford Medical Institute.
A conclusive experience that differs from that tested in 2015, which allowed to grow hair under the skin of mice without any control of the direction of the shoot. “I look forward to concluding this spectacular experience that could improve the lives of millions of people suffering from hair loss,” concluded Dr. Richard Chaffoo.
Hair loss is a real scourge that affects both men and women. In the United States, more than 35 million of men suffer from hairless. Yet this number could be lower if the early signs of baldness were known by all. What are they? How does one detect the onset of baldness? Do women and men have the same symptoms?
Contrary to what one might think all hair loss are not equal. Before panicking about going bald, it’s important to differentiate between the normal shedding of the hair and the actual appearance of baldness. In the first case, the phenomenon remains quite normal, the hair at the end of its life falls and is renewed at a rate that varies according to the individual: this is referred to as the hair growth cycle. This shedding will happen no matter what and won’t be of importance unless it underlines another health issue.
But when the rate of hair loss becomes faster than hair growth, we then talk of baldness or alopecia. This phenomenon can lead in some cases to partial or total thinning. When is is caused by hormonal imbalance, it is called androgenic baldness. Androgen baldness affects a majority of men whose proportion increases with the age of the subjects. With regard to hair loss in women, it is rather rare and often reveals reasons different from that of men (autoimmune disease, stress, pregnancy, etc.).
A receding hairline
If your hairline seems to be gradually receding, you might be in the early stages of baldness; a receding hairline is tale-tell sign of male baldness pattern. However, it should be noted that the our hairline naturally recedes with age and that there is no need to panic if the recession is minimal.
Thinning hair at the crown
The most obvious sign of baldness, besides perhaps a receding hairline, is the thinning of the hair at the crown. Indeed, some men will experience this before their hairline starts to recede. If the hair there gets thinner and thinner by the day while the hair on the side remains somewhat the same, you might be indeed at the early stage of male pattern baldness.
A more sensitive scalp
If your scalp becomes more sensitive than usual, that’s probably because the hair in that specific area is thinning, leaving the scalp vulnerable to the sun rays and to brushing. Hair loss can also cause dandruff, which makes the scalp more sensitive.
Softer and duller hair
Your hair has gotten duller and softer over the years, this could be a sign that the follicles are slowly dying, which will result in baldness after a certain amount of time.
Thicker hair on the side of the head
As you have probably noticed, most men suffering from male baldness pattern lose the hair at the front and on the top on the head while retaining the the back and side hair. Thus, even a slight difference in density between the hair on the top and those on the sides and neck could indicate the early onset of baldness.
The appearance of sunburn on the skull
With the thinning and falling, the scalp becomes vulnerable to the sun rays, creating sunburns on the skull.
Falling hair in the bathroom
If you notice an usual amount of hair in the bathtub after taking a shower, you might suffering from male pattern baldness hair loss. However, keep in mind that hair can be falling from different reasons: including stress, a lack vitamins, a number other diseases. If the hair loss accompanies some of the other signs that we mention in this articles, then there might reasons for concern.
A longer time for styling
If it takes you longer to style your hair than in the past, you hair might be thinning and/or your hairline might be receding. Then again if the other signs are present, there might reasons for concern.
The bottom line…
Although in some cases these signs are not always indicative of baldness, it is very likely that you might be suffering from alopecia if you end up in at least 3 of the features listed above.
But no panic, currently effective remedies exist, drugs, surgeries, hair replacement etc… From the first signs, it is strongly advised to carry out a precise examination by camera and microfolliscope in a specialized center or at the doctor’s office.
This very accurate diagnosis will determine the type of baldness and life expectancy of your hair to tailor a treatment or replacement to measure.
Coping with Baldness
To cope with hair loss, men resort to sometimes surprising subterfuges. The classic stratagem is to adopt a short haircut, or even to shave one’s head, like many athletes and artists. Some opt for a headgear: hat or cap. The beret has even made a comeback. But most surprisingly, in the face of hair loss, many men decide to go into bodybuilding. Indeed, becoming bald is a sign of aging. As such, many decide to give their body a second youth, in order to counterbalance the capillary loss by a muscle gain.
However, dealing with baldness requires more than just hiding it. If medical treatments, like medications and surgery, are not possible, the best way to cope with losing one’s hair is to adapt emotionally to the changes. This requires an attitude, a state of mind that is based less on appearance and more on self-worth.
First, embrace the changes
And it is not necessarily in solving your hair problem that you will solve a malaise whose roots may be deeper! Furthermore, by feeling obligated to have hair, you are only justifying the diktats and other beauty canons of our society. For while it is important to take care of oneself, be careful not to fall into a harmful narcissistic excess. Running after your youth is doomed to failure! The first step to regaining self-esteem, and to be sure of its power of seduction, is to accept one’s body and the changes it encounters.
Don’t try to hide it
When we start losing our hair, our initial reaction is to hide the receding hairline or bald spot under a cap from our friends and family. We are scared of their opinions, their judgement on our appearance. Will they see it? What will they say? Those, of course, are legitimate questions based on a sudden change in appearance against which we can sometimes feel powerless. Yet, like mentioned above, the first and most important step in dealing with baldness is accepting the changes. And accepting it means not trying to hide it.
Truth is, though you might be successful at hiding it for a while. You won’t be able to hide it forever. By using ridiculous tactics to hide the obvious, we are only making fools of yourself.
There is no denying that going bald can have a devastating effect on a man’s morale. Yet, we have seen over and over again that some of the most successful, powerful, most sought after men in the world are bald. For example, some of the biggest blockbusters coming out of Hollywood feature men with full blown alopecia. We can cite among other others: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson, Vin Diesel, Jason Stathan, etc.
The world of sports is also not lacking in bald men who excel at what they do. Who can forget Michael Jordan’s bald head? Or Kevin Garnett’s? What about Zinedine Zidane, Arjen Robben, Dana White, etc?
Take inspiration from those men who have embraced their baldness while remaining hyper-confident and hyper-achieving. Indeed, for some of those men, the bald head have become their trademark; we can’t imagine them any other way.
The fear of losing one’s hair is first and foremost a matter of looks. Yet, a bald head doesn’t necessarily mean ugly as much as a full head of hair doesn’t automatically mean attractive. Being attractive in fact has more to do with self-confidence and maintenance than our pesky follicles. Thus, you can still be as attractive as anyone else if you act like it. Take control of the situation; be outgoing, be outspoken, dress nicely and cleanly, take care of your beard and wear a nice perfume. Women are more attracted to those things than to our hair.
If you still need it…
Nevertheless, if you have trouble dealing with baldness, you can call in the specialists. Indeed, your doctor or your pharmacist can advise you adapted treatments, which can prevent the fall or limit the breakage, and make you regain your morale if you still need it.