Television has tried to sell us everything from topical camouflaging powders such as Toppik, expensive and painful hairgrafting such as Bosley: Hair Club For Men, and just about everything in-between - like creams, steroids, supplements, and scalp massagers. Although the hair loss industry boasts over a million dollars a year, still these products only give us a glimmer of hope in restoring hair and turning back the clock.
It wasn't until just a few days ago that the Columbia University Medical Center released information regarding a promising new treatment to not only improve the hair grafting technique, but also to stimulate real natural hair growth by transplanting the accompanying cell along with the follicle itself. This means that instead of transplanting dying hair follicles, with the help of new antibodies, the cell itself can be grafted anywhere and begin to grow in a more natural look, feel, and form.
Research is still underway, and we are quite far from this new technique becoming available in doctor's offices all over the world. However, thanks to the Columbia University Medical Center, a light in the tunnel is available to those who suffer from MPB (male pattern baldness), burn victims, and sufferers of "alopecia areata, which affects about 2 percent of the population overall including more than 5.3 million people in the United States." (Find the original story here.)
Some might think all of this effort to find a cure for baldness is a waste of time and money; and for a lot, that is true. It seems only those with enough cash in the bank will be able to afford such a cosmetic procedure. If you'd like to get in on becoming a potential candidate, speak with your doctor about this research and tell your friends. The more demand, the better - and after a few years, the cost will most likely drop considerably once everyone is on board.