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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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