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  1. 82% rise in number of females resorting to hair transplant surgery to restore thinning locks. You can spend hundreds on conditioners and treatments - but healthy, beautiful hair is more about what you put into your body than what you slather on your head. Ricardo Vila Nova, resident trichologist at Urban Retreat in Harrods says: “Poor diet can cause hair thinning and hair loss as well as lacklustre hair, dryness and excess sebum. A high-stress lifestyle and bad nutrition can be catalysts for damage which may need four years to recover.” If your hair keeps breaking, eat red meat: “Iron is a top strength booster,” says Vila Nova. It carries the blood’s supply of oxygen around the body keeping hair strong and nourished. Thin and limp hair is the first sign that you aren’t getting enough iron. Full Article
  2. The latest Hollywood hair restoration testimonials presented in the offices of US Hair Restoration have helped remove the stigma associated with hair loss. Procedures like hair restoration are normally done very privately due to the negative stigma that our culture has placed on hair loss and hair restoration procedures. Unfortunately, this causes many hair loss sufferers to lose self-esteem and forces them to experience the hardships associated with baldness while not knowing about the other options that are available. Many hair loss patients allow their hair loss to negatively impact their lives instead of taking advantage of progressive opportunities. Reported effects of hair loss from these individuals include: Detrimental impact on their sex life Affected career choices in men Inability to stay competitive in work place Increased anxiety levels among younger men A higher rate of depression in men with male patterned baldness Full article
  3. Technology exclusively licensed by Follica Inc. from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has been used to demonstrate a new approach to regenerate hair follicles in adult mammals which could be used therapeutically in humans. The paper describing the data was published advanced online in Nature Medicine. The paper's principal investigator, George Cotsarelis , MD, chair of Dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and collaborators discovered that fibroblast growth factor 9 (Fgf9), a protein produced by a population of cells of the immune system in the skin, is critical for the formation of new hair follicles after disruption of the skin. The findings illuminate a molecular mechanism to regenerate hair follicles that could enable new treatments for hair loss. The authors first showed that Fgf9 is up-regulated in the dermis immediately before new hair follicle structures start to appear. Reducing Fgf9 expression decreased hair follicle formation, while overexpressing Fgf9 led to two to three-fold increase in the number of new hair follicles. The study supports the notion that disruption of the skin produces a window of opportunity during which the cells in the regenerating epidermis can be pushed towards becoming a hair follicle, and highlights the potential for using Fgf9 therapeutically to boost the formation of new hair follicles during this window. "This discovery sheds light on a novel mechanism to regenerate hair follicles and opens an exciting new avenue to develop treatments for hair loss in humans," noted Dr. William Ju of Follica, Inc. "Follica has developed a technology platform that is uniquely suited to support clinical translation of these new findings. The Follica platform can be used to induce skin reepithelialization, which creates a "window of opportunity" during which the Fgf9 pathway could be modulated to potentiate hair neogenesis." Follica has conducted preclinical testing of proprietary device configurations for skin disruption in combination with a number of known and novel drugs. Complete hair loss article
  4. Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a new study that reveals a new compound that reverses the process of graying hair, hair loss, and vitiligo. Bel Marra Health Reports on a New Discovery of a Compound to Cure Hair Loss, Grey Hair, and Vitiligo As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, http://www.belmarrahealth.com/anti-aging/a-treatment-to-reverse-the-signs-of-aging, many men and women fear stray, grey hairs. They might spend a lot of time and money coloring and using treatments on a regular basis. However, research published in The FASEB Journal reveals a new compound that reverses oxidative stress, which is associated with aging. This discovery may provide a new treatment option for those who suffer from graying hair, hair loss, and vitiligo (a de-pigmentation of the skin). Previous research from 2009 found that it’s not the aging process that causes hair to turn grey but rather it happens as a result of oxidative stress, caused by a massive build-up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicles. This build-up of hydrogen peroxide blocks the normal production of melanin. Melanin is responsible for the color pigmentation of hair, eyes and skin. The disruption, caused by oxidative stress, essentially causes the hair to bleach itself from the inside out, resulting in greying hair. Researchers from the United Kingdom and Germany state that they have found a revolutionary new treatment that can remedy the build-up of hydrogen peroxide and reverse greying hair. Researchers from the Institute of Pigmentary Disorders in association with E.M. Arndt University of Greifswald and the Center for Skin Sciences, School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford report that they have discovered a UVB-activated compound called PC-KUS (a modified pseudocatalase) that can actually reverse the massive build-up of hydrogen peroxide that is responsible for greying hair. In addition to providing a treatment for greying hair, the researchers also claim that PC-KUS is an effective treatment for vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin condition that occurs in a loss of melanin which results in irregularly shaped patches of white skin. In the United States, between one and two million people suffer from this disease; the white patches usually start small and spread over the body with time. While vitiligo affects all races, it is more noticeable in people with darker skin. Complete hair loss article
  5. INDUSTRY ANNOUNCEMENT: Calling All Hair Icons! Randy Martin Lifetime Achievement Award WHY? It’s time for the hair loss industry to be counted and to come together to recognize visionaries who have left lasting impressions on the industry. The “Randy Martin Lifetime Achievement Award” is a prestigious awards program specifically for the hair loss industry. As the industry evolves, so are great leaders and visionaries who deserve to be recognized and honored. WHO? Eligible entrants are hair loss professionals who lead with vision, dedication and passion. The program is open to the public and self-nomination is possible. The selected Award Recipient becomes a Hair Icon and is inducted in the “Hair Loss Hall of Fame”. WHEN? Here is a time line of the Nomination Process: Entries are received from January 1st to August 31st of each year online and by regular mail Cut-off date for entries is August 31st of each year A standing, non-partisan Nomination Committee of five professional members starts the review of entries on September 1st of each year Final selection is made on September 30st of each year Official announcement of the winner is made on October 1st of each year WHAT? The following pointers are what the Nomination Committee is looking for in a Hair Icon: reputable profile within the industry significant career achievements dedication to life-long learning inspiration for peers and associates engagement in community service great vision and aspiration for the future lasting legacy to share Complete article
  6. According to the market measurement and consultancy firm SymphonyIRI Group, the UK spent just over half a billion pounds on Male Toiletries in 2012. In the twelve-month period (ending 3 November 2012), value sales reached £541.3m, a 2.7% increase on the previous year. Volume sales of 52,562,496 litres represented an increase of 2.5% for the same period, highlighting the extremely moderate price rises seen by most male toiletries. UK men spend over £12.7m on hair treatments in general and most of which, £12m, goes on hair colour. This has increased by 8.4% compared to 14 years ago, although volume sales have grown by more than 50%. Although at only 2% of the overall spend in 2012, it is probably only a minority that subscribe. Outside of the classic definition of male toiletries, the research has also revealed a clear trend towards hair re-growth products such as Regaine with a spend of £11.2m on these treatments in 2012 and yielding a 6% year-on-year growth. Of the total spend on male toiletries in 2012, deodorant and body sprays represent a major share. Almost £285m is spent on this category which includes products such as Lynx, originally a body spray but recently launched in deodorant form. Lynx accounts for almost 27% of the total sales value of all male toiletries. Deodorants are followed in popularity by shower products (£73m) and shaving preparations (£66m). The increase in spend on male toiletries was identified from in-depth research comparing over 14 years of value and volume sales for men’s body sprays, deodorants, talcs, shower, facial and hair products, conducted by SymphonyIRI recently. The research provides valuable insight into the spending habits of British male consumers on toiletries over the years and identifies growing trends. In 1998, just £10m was spent on male facial products. This rose steadily over the years, reaching its peak in 2010 and remaining steady at around £53m between then and now, an increase of more than five times. This is the fastest growing sector of male toiletries by value. Complete article
  7. Long before political correctness and do gooders started trying to take over the world, Valentine cards were also sent telling everyone else exactly how much you don’t love them—with an anonymous poem sent via post. While the modern Valentine's Day card is about showing love to your nearest and dearest, the Victorians didn't see it quite the same way. Known as 'Vinegar Valentines' these mocking cards were not only used to tell the unlucky recipient that they weren't loved - they insulted them as well. One cruelly pokes fun at a balding suitor, mocking him for his 'brightly shining pate' and for allegedly being in love with his one remaining hair. The earliest cards appear to date from about the 1840s. In the very early days, going back to a time in postal history before the prepaid stamp, the person who received it paid for it. With these Valentines, it meant that the person who got this really horrible note actually paid for the insult. So you’re insulting them further by getting them to cough up for it. Complete article
  8. RepliCel Life Sciences Inc is pleased to report that it will be meeting with the German Competent Authority responsible for cellular therapies (the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI)) to discuss plans for its upcoming Phase II clinical trial for its autologous hair cell product, RCH-01, on February 5, 2013. In November, RepliCel’s scientific team had its first meeting with experts from the PEI to discuss important improvements to its current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP)-compliant manufacturing process for RCH-01. Tomorrow’s meeting will address updates made to the manufacturing process that were recommended at the last PEI meeting, as well as plans the Company has to conduct a Phase II clinical trial in Germany. This study is designed to confirm the efficacy of injections of RCH-01 in over 100 male participants. In addition to augmenting the Company’s information on the safety of injections of RCH-01, the trial will also provide insight into the optimal treatment regimen to increase hair growth. “We are happy with the progress made with the design of our upcoming Phase II trial and are quite eager to get input from the PEI that will allow us to conduct the best clinical trial for the development of our product,” stated Darrell Panich, Vice-President of Clinical Affairs. “Designing a trial in consultation with the PEI will facilitate the completion of the formal clinical trial application for our upcoming trial.” The Company anticipates initiation of the Phase II study this year. Complete article
  9. Hair loss is a common problem if you do not take care of it in these stressful times. But we give you 20 ways that you may have not thought of to make your hair longer and stronger. Dr. Nipun Jain, Senior Consultant in Dermatology from Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Delhi let's you in on how to maintain, improve and strengthen your hair. Have a good balanced diet and lots of water. Iron deficiency causes a lot of hair loss. Thus, consumption of food which contains high iron like green and yellow vegetables, and fruits is recommended. A high protein diet that includes egg whites, soyabeans, cheese, pulses, milk and curd is good for the hair. A diet rich in zinc, selenium, biotin and essential fatty acids is necessary for hair growth. Be gentle with your hair. Always use a wide toothed comb. Making tight braids and pony tails or pulling your hair can cause hair loss called Traction Alopecia and therefore, should be avoided. Application of heat on hair through blow drying, ironing or rebonding can damage it, leading to hair fall. Protecting your hair from sunlight is important since excessive UV rays can cause hair damage and graying. Chlorine water in swimming pools is harmful for the hair. Thus, wearing a head cap during swimming and taking a shower after a swim is advised. Avoid exposing your hair to rain water as a lot of environmental chemicals are present in that water that can cause hair loss. Gentle massaging of the scalp increases the blood circulation and is good for hair growth. Complete hair loss article
  10. For many people with thinning scalp hair, proven medical therapies and hair restoration surgical procedures are widely available and good options to restore hair loss and slow future hair loss. However, for people like 37-year-old Denise Goolsby of Virginia Beach, Va., who noticed that her eyebrows started thinning in her 20s, knowing where to turn for help was considerably more difficult. "I always had fine eyebrows, so when I noticed them getting thinner I tried tattooing as a first step -- but it only made the problem worse," said Goolsby. "It got to the point where I actually had no eyebrows left, and it became too much to deal with to pencil them in with cosmetics every day." After doing more research, Goolsby found Edwin Epstein, MD, a Virginia Beach hair restoration surgeon who performed hair restoration surgery on areas of the body other than the scalp, including eyebrows. "Eyebrows are an important part of our appearance, without which our facial symmetry appears unbalanced," said Dr. Epstein, past president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). "Thanks to the great strides made in hair restoration surgery over the years, there are now a number of procedures available to restore all or part of the eyebrow." In Goolsby's case, tiny single hair follicular units from a donor area at the back of her head were transplanted to the eyebrow area in one outpatient procedure. Dr. Epstein noted that donor hair is selected based on whether the hair has the appropriate texture and orientation to serve as eyebrow hair when transplanted. The transplanted hair grows slowly over the course of several months, and Goolsby's eyebrows were fully grown within six months. As the transplanted hair will continually grow over time, the eyebrows will need to be trimmed regularly. "My new eyebrows look great, and it's so refreshing not to feel self-conscious about them after years of trying to cover up the noticeable hair loss," said Goolsby. Dr. Epstein added that non-scalp hair restoration is a good option for most patients with hair loss, but patients should consult a hair restoration physician to discuss whether a certain procedure is right for them. Full article
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