Did you know that all mammals with long lifespans end up losing their hair? While genetic variances can result in pattern baldness among men and women, causing their hair to thin and fall out at a younger age, anyone who lives long enough will eventually start to go bald. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we want to help you understand the causes behind thinning and balding hair so that you can understand their solutions. According to research published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science[i], aging stem cells eventually cause everyone to experience thinning and baldness.
While scientists have known for a long time that all mammals with long lifespans eventually lose their hair, it’s only been recently that they’ve figured out why. At the base of each hair follicle is a special cell––a stem cell––that regulates the hair follicle’s growth and thickness. By examining the cells of mice experiencing hair loss, researchers discovered that the changes were caused by changes in the hair follicle stem cells. What’s more, they found that these cells eventually deteriorate whether or not the mice had a genetic propensity for hair loss.
As scientists understand the causes of age-related hair loss better, they’re better able to develop solutions. Research like this opens the door for new treatments, like stem cell therapy, that may one day be able to restore hair growth even in aging patients. Stem cell therapy is still a distant hope, but there are evidence-based therapies and treatments available today that could also reverse your age-related hair loss. Contact Vinci Hair Clinic today to discuss these options with our hair restoration experts.