Another week and another scientific ‘breakthrough’ for hair loss. There have been a number of leaps forward recently and here we have another one. Aside from the results produced by researchers, it also adds more knowledge about our actual hair.
Just when you think we understand everything there is to know, scientists uncover something new. Read on to find out if a new hair solution has been found and why our noses aren’t the only thing that can sense smell.
Our Hair Can Smell
It may sound like an odd thing to say, but our hair is able to detect smells. A recent study discovered that hair follicles also feature olfactory receptors. These are the same kind that enables us to detect odours through our nostrils. Scientists also found something even more exciting. These hair receptors react to the smell of synthetic sandalwood which encourages the growth of hair in human tissue.
The study appeared in the Nature Communications journal last month. Researchers used fluorescent dyes to stain human scalp samples. They discovered that hair follicles feature a receptor called OR2AT4. By using a man-made scent called Sandalore (a synthetic sandalwood odorant used in perfume and cosmetics) they were able to target the keratinocytes skin cells found in hair follicles that contain these receptors. They also produce keratin, an essential ingredient for the production of hair growth.
The Study Results
After six days of using Sandalore, they found it prolonged the anagen (growth) period of hair follicles. At the same time, it also decreased the telogen phase. This is the period when hair usually falls out. However, this doesn’t mean you have to rush out to rub sandalwood scent into your scalp.
This is because only the synthetic scent of sandalwood works. What scientists have to determine next is what other natural molecules help hair to grow optimally.
However, in Italy, Sandalore is already used in a cosmetic product. This is by the same company who sponsored the current study. There has also been a very small clinical trial using topical Sandalore on 20 female volunteers. The results suggest it reduced the amount of daily hair loss. There is a much larger clinical trial currently underway. They expect results from this to come out in early 2019.
A Hair Loss Solution Available Now
While this all sounds very exciting, we have to temper expectations. On many occasions in the past, there have been surprising results from early-stage testing. Once things progress onto clinical trials and more rigorous tests, researchers often hit a stumbling block.
For anyone looking for a solution in the meantime, scalp micropigmentation is the best thing on the market today. There are no promises about making your hair grow. Instead, we re-create your hairline to perfection. You get the look of a shaved head in the exact colour and style you want. There is no pain involved and no evasive surgery. It won’t fall out like hair transplants and lasts for years to come.
Scalp micropigmentation is also the most cost-effective hair loss solution available today. It’s available to everyone and can help change your life around in only a few sessions.
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