The hair loss industry has come a long way from its early methods to combat hair loss. Concealment through caps and hats were one of the first ways to remedy the condition. This was improved through the use of hairpieces such as wigs and toupees. It did not however, quite address the situation because it was quite obvious that a person was balding whenever he wore a hairpiece. This progressed to making the remedy appear more natural and comb-overs were used in order to create this appearance. It worked to a certain extent however hair loss being progressive in nature would only allow this method to be used to a certain degree. Anti hair loss products in the form of shampoos and concealers can be used in tandem or separately to encourage minimal hair growth while camouflaging hair loss. Medication in the form of minoxidil and finasteride is widely used to address more progressive hair loss though its side effects can cause some to look for other remedies. Hair transplants in the form of follicular unit transplantation and follicular unit extraction methods currently treat advanced hair loss conditions. Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) procedures can also aid in effectively treating male pattern baldness and diffuse thinning of the scalp.
This has been the evolution of the anti hair loss industry. It continues to develop with new and exciting methods to treat hair loss and at the forefront of its research is hair cloning. It is a method that seeks to produce an unlimited supply of healthy hair follicles that can be implanted into the balding areas of the scalp. In theory, samples of germinative hair follicles are extracted from the scalp to be cloned outside of the body in multiple amounts. This is then implanted into the scalp as new hair follicles to grow into healthy strands of hair.
One of the main vulnerabilities of hair transplants is supply. It only moves hair follicles around but does not create new ones. This would only make it successful to a certain extent because hair loss is a progressive condition. It will continue until it has run its full course, leaving the top of the scalp free of hair with only the lower portions at the side and back of the head being covered. Hair cloning will perhaps be able to help supply new hair follicles and cover these balding areas as they gradually appear. It may also aid in doing touch-up treatments to the transplanted regions should the previously implanted hair be lost.
Male pattern baldness is one of the conditions that can be surely cured by hair cloning one day. This condition begins with the hairline at the temporal regions receding inward, forming an M-shaped pattern. It will be followed by hair loss in the frontal central as well as the vertex areas of the scalp. The final result of total baldness on the top of the head will be prevented by hair cloning because of the unlimited supply of hair follicles that can be implanted. A prospective patient can also wait to be totally bald before receiving treatment however this would be a matter of preference. Anyone should be able to benefit from this potential remedy no matter the stage of his or her balding condition.
Hair cloning is still a long way from being commercially viable and safe. It is however, moving toward the right direction. Researchers have been able to induce hair follicle growth using mice as test subjects. They were able to produce hair regrowth for about six weeks. Although mice are far from actual humans, the fact remains that there is evidence that this process is possible. It is only a matter of time before this procedure comes into fruition to benefit those who seek a full head of hair.