In short, no. We’re sorry that’s not the answer you wanted to hear. It is thought that a cure will be developed over the next decade, but currently the only medical options just slow the rate at which hair loss occurs without actually reversing it dramatically.
The treatments that are available must be paid for privately as the NHS does not deem male baldness to be a serious enough infliction to warrant state funding. So, given the lack of NHS assistance, you will have to conduct some research of your own to gauge the most appropriate treatment for you. Importantly though, hope is on the horizon. Here’s a look at some of the potential cures currently in the development stage.
Scientists have recently edged closer to the cure for baldness after successfully growing human hair in a laboratory. This process is very much in its formative stages and there are still plenty of hurdles to jump before comprehensive testing can begin.
Taking a section of tissue from the base of the hair follicle in an attempt to regrow hair is nothing new. Previous attempts found that the transplanted cells would turn into skin rather new hair follicles. However, researchers recently grouped cells in “3D spheroids” (or clumps) rather than individually, and this led to new hair follicles in 5 out of 7 cases.
Whilst current hair loss treatments on the market act to reduce the rate hair follicles are lost, and in some cases stimulate existing hairs into a new growth cycle of growth, they cannot create new follicles. In stark contrast, this new method uses the patient’s own cells to grow entirely new follicles.
Exciting news, yes, but the process is still a long way from being able to produce the type of cosmetic enhancement people expect, with the shape, size and angle of hair growth still indeterminate.
The effect stress can have on hair loss is well documented; however, the discovery of the potential of stress hormone blocking to regrow new hair was more serendipity than inspiration.
While engaged in the glamorous pursuit of studying the guttural workings of bald mice, researchers at the
So what does this mean for us? Well, at the moment still very little. There is no guarantee that a treatment used on mice will have the same effect on humans. If it does, there is also the lengthy testing process to go through to eliminate the possibility of any nasty side effects.
Latisse is a medication which was approved by
This prompted further investigation from British researchers, who devised three separate tests which would support or disprove whether bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse, could stimulate human hair regrowth. In all three tests, bimatoprost proved effective. Unfortunately, as with other potential cures for baldness, there are still a great number of hoops to jump through before an effective treatment can be unleashed on the public.
So for now…
Keratin hair fibres are proving to be a popular method of concealing thinning hair and patches of baldness. This measure is extremely cost effective when compared to many of the other treatments available, so for now, this may well be your best bet until that elusive cure comes along.