When you hear the term stem cells, what comes to mind? Is it a lab filled with scientists in crisp white coats with beakers and test tubes? What about genetic programming, diseases and cures? How about hair loss treatments?
While there is a ton of science behind stem cells and their applications — and a widely covered controversy surrounding the ethics of stem cell research — when it comes to stem cell hair restoration a lot of men are still left scratching their (possibly bald?) heads.
However, stem cell hair restoration has joined the ranks of more well-known hair transplant methods as a viable option.
But before we get into hair transplants as a solution, let’s first explore hair loss itself.
A Quick Guide to Hair Loss
With hair loss being such a common affliction affecting up to 80% of Caucasian men and up to 40% of Caucasian women by the time they reach the age of 70, it’s no wonder there’s such a demand for treatments and solutions.
Especially when you factor in the fact that hair loss can cause lower self-esteem, depression and an overall lower quality of life.
Hair Loss Types
- Androgenetic alopecia: The most common hair loss type is Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) — more commonly known as male pattern baldness — which causes defined areas of hair loss from the scalp.
- Telogen Effluvium: This is another form of alopecia, characterized by the excessive shedding (or diffuse thinning) of telogen hairs which account for about 15% of a person’s hair.
- Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disorder, Alopecia Areata most commonly presents as patchy alopecia but can also cause total hair loss.
Hair Loss Causes
- Hormones: Hair follicle structure and the hair growth cycle are highly affected by hormones like testosterone and estrogen or sudden shifts in hormone levels.
- Aging: According to this study, male pattern baldness becomes more common with age.
- Genetics: Certain genetic variations are a major determining factor in male pattern baldness.
It’s important to note that these aren’t the only contributing factors and that hair loss can be triggered by anything from metabolic stress and medications to severe infection, crash dieting or iron deficiency.
This is why it’s so important to talk to a healthcare professional about hair loss before making any major changes to your routine.