Miracle cures to regrow hair have featured multiple gimmicks, such as creams, lotions, wigs, transplants, and even aerosol sprays. However, scientists believe they may have found the cure for baldness, and with the help of L’Oreal, they intend to make transplants and creams a thing of the past.
With so many cures for baldness already out there, one might wonder what more can be done. The new technology to restore thinning hair was developed by scientists at L’Oreal and claims to use 3-D printing technology to coerce hair follicles to regrow, according to Metro.
Rather than use common 3D printing materials, L’Oreal has teamed up with a bioprinting company called Poietis.
Bioprinting will be used in combination with lasers in a process that creates biological tissue that can be then used to regrow thinning hair.
According to L’Oreal, once the new tissues are printed, there is a three-week waiting period until it can be tested.
The cells used in the bio-ink are harvested from alopecia patients and then reused for the purpose of hair regrowth.
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Jose Cotovio is the director of Predictive Methods and Models department at L’Oreal. He is excited about the potential cure for baldness and cannot wait to see what other possibilities arise from their experimentation.
“For L’Oréal, the combination of our respective areas of expertise opens up the possibility of previously unheard of achievements in the field of hair. This research partnership is very stimulating for the Advanced Research teams.”
Cotovio explained that the process of regrowing thinning hair is difficult, but they have had great success, according to the Mirror.
The lasers insert streams of the bioprinted cells onto a substrate filed with nutrients, coercing growth. The process is repeated in layers, allowing a hair follicle to be grown. He claims that one single hair could create hundreds more.
“From one hair you can maybe make hundreds and hundreds of others. We know it is very difficult to do; we know a lot of teams have tried. But we think by reproducing this very complicated hair follicle we will acquire new knowledge and it will help us understand the mysteries of hair loss and ageing.”
Nearly 30 percent of all males will experience some form of balding before the age of 30. Once a man reaches 70, his chances rise to over 80%. White men are more susceptible to experiencing baldness than any other race.
Current hair transplant processes are time consuming and painful for the balding individual. The new bioprinting process is expected to be less painful and allow the hair to continue to grow in a natural way.
Despite the innovative technology, there is still a lot of research and testing to be conducted before the process can become mainstream in the hair loss market. However, if it passes all of the checks and balances, bald men throughout the world can expect a cure for their thinning hair.
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Cotovio claims the new hair loss discovery is the ‘holy grail’ of hair loss cures. He knows there is still a long way to go in the research process, but the hope for the bald men out there is within reach.
“This is the holy grail that we all have in mind to make something to put on the head of people with hair-loss problems. Hair loss is a very emotional problem for people, and this is the final target.”
What are your thoughts, is bald beautiful or is the cure for hair loss needed?
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