What Is Hair Multiplication?
Read on to learn just why you may be losing your hair in the first place and how hair multiplication can help you.
Why do we Lose our Hair?
Each hair on our body goes through an estimated 2 to 6 year growth cycle. The hairs on our head grow about ½ an inch (or approximately 1 centimeter) every month for those 2 to 6 years. Our hair then encounters a “resting” period, after which point it falls out and the hair growth cycle begins again.
We can lose our hair for a number of reasons: illness, surgery, stress. The most chronic hair loss problems stem from genetics and hormonal issues. The thyroid gland, a producer of hormones, can affect hair loss significantly. If your thyroid is not functioning properly, there’s a good chance you are losing your hair. An imbalance between the male hormones and female hormones – also known as androgens and estrogens – can cause hair loss.
Male pattern baldness, a genetic disposition towards hair loss, is the most troublesome of them all. This involves the gradual receding hair line that many men experience. Females can also suffer from this form of hair loss, though it is far less common.
How can Hair Multiplication Help?
We have all heard of different strategies that are used to try and help hair grow. When it comes to hair multiplication, the idea is that donor hair cells from existing, functioning hair follicles are extracted in a very non-invasive way. The cells that are extracted are then multiplied in a lab, and once that is completed those cells are injected right back into the patient’s bald spots so as to re-stimulate the hair follicles to grow hair.
Sounds great, right? Studies have been done since 1997 and though this method is very promising, there is not yet a method in which this hair restoration practice has been made viable to the public. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any promises that hair multiplication will be available within the next ten years either.
On the bright side, a lot of studies are being done on hair multiplication and it does seem to be a very likely possibility option in our lifetime. In the mean time, men and women will have to try out other hair replacement methods to combat baldness.
What other Hair Replacement Methods are there?
Hair transplants are perhaps the most effective method of having your hair grow back successfully, if done properly. It is a rather invasive surgery, however, and can take a while to recover. Not a lot of people enjoy the idea of having skin removed from their head and “transplanted” some where else on their scalp.
You can also try some natural hair growth remedies, or some other remedies in the store, but do not expect immediate results (if any at all).