Hair is man’s crowning glory, so haircare is of great importance from our perspective. At the same time , hair loss and greying are the most common problems people face. A complete solution to baldness is still not within reach where hair-dye causes allergic reaction in some cases. Recent researches in haircare and new breakthroughs in the treatment for baldness attract the attention of people worldwide.
- Monsoon haircare
Monsoon weather can have an adverse effect on your hair. According to Aparna Santhanam, Dermatologist and Cosmetologist, it is important to avoid dryness. She suggest three ways of Monsoon haircare. An egg-honey-curd pack is good for the hair and gives it a smooth and manageable texture. Secondly, a balanced protein diet containing seasonal fruits, green leafy vegetables, cereals and coconut water can do your hair a power of good. Thirdly, chemical treatment has to be avoided.
- Haircare and age
According to Morris Orgario, Founder and Creative Director of Orgario London Salon, hairstyling treatment, pollution and stress can affect the hair and make you look older. Hair needs proper care with age. Even diet can have an adverse effect on hair if you are not careful.
- New cure for hair loss
Researchers in the US claim that they have invented a hair restoration method which can solve the problem of baldness. This hair restoration method can generate new hair growth rather than redistributing the existing hair from one part to another. It is the researchers at Columbia University Medical Centre who have devised this method.
- Extra haircare in winter
The hair needs extra care during winter. It is necessary to keep the roots clean and chose the right products. Raghu Reddy, hair loss specialist at the Private Clinic of Harley Street gives a few suggestions – take extra care of the roots by not applying products that clog the pore and hair follicles, go for a gentle shampoo, have a protein-rich diet and avoid using driers.
- Gene causing baldness in women
Australian scientists have discovered a gene that causes baldness among women. Researchers at the University of Melburne and St. Vincent’s Hospital studied two groups of women. The affected women had a variant of estrogen receptor beta gene or ESR2 which made the hair follicles more sensitive to the body’s estrogen. Hair loss among women above 40 was linked to this gene variant.
- How to control greying
Greying is a problem among youngsters. Experts say you can solve this problem by going natural. Delhi-based hair transplant surgeon, Sakshee Sareen suggest a few ways to avoid greying – eat food with nutrients, mix amla with coconut oil and apply it on the scalp, and massage your head with lukewarm black tea with a little salt added.
- Helping bald men regrow hair
Trichologists have identified a way of waking up the follicles lying in a sleeping state to restore a fuller head of hair. It has been discovered that hair follicles in balding people are trapped in a sleeping state. Bruno Bernard, head of hair biology at L’Oreal in Paris who carried out the research, says the company is developing a new treatment that can be applied to the scalp in a shampoo or cream.
- Glaucoma drug for baldness
Glaucoma drug may be effective in regrowing the hair. A new research shows how a glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. According to Valerie Randall, the study co-author from the University of Bradford, UK, this study will lead to the development of a new therapy for balding.
- A recipe for regrowing hair
Mary Corrigan, a 43year-old housewife, came up with a grow-hair-back diet when she faced the problem of baldness, reports Daily Mail. She turned to her own resources when her trichologist gave up. Her diet contained iron-rich fare such as cockles, venison and leafy vegetables. She realized the importance of serum ferritin and the need for maintaining its level above 40mg in the body. Low levels of this protein responsible for storing iron causes hair loss.
- Green hair bleach from Japan
World’s first green hair bleach has been developed by Japanese scientists. It does not have the side effects of the usual formulations. Kenzo Koike, a chemist with Kao Corporation’s Beauty Research Centre in Tokyo separated an enzyme from a ‘white rot’ fungus found in the soil. Traditional bleaches use hydrogen Peroxide and sometimes it irritate the scalp and body. This green hair treatment is going to be a long awaited solution for millions.
- Hair loss protein
Scientists have discovered a hair loss protein that could lead to a cure for baldness in men. Tests carried out on tissue from the scalp of a group of men showed that bald areas had levels of the protein PGD2 three times higher than areas where hair grew, reports the Journal Science Translational Medicine. There are already 10 drugs which are used to block the receptor that allows PGD2 to work. University of Pennsylvania says that this study could possible lead to an effective medicine for hair loss.
- Genetic clue to male baldness
Researchers have discovered two DNA variants in Caucasian men that could be linked to male-pattern baldness. Male baldness is the common form of baldness causing hair loss. The findings will help to predict hair loss early and get treatment. Male pattern baldness affects one in three males above 45. MacGill University in Montreal, GlaxoSmithKline and the King’s College in London conducted a study on 1125 men with male pattern baldness and found that unknown genetic variants on chromosome 20 increased the risk.
- Injection to reverse baldness
Baldness could be prevented and reversed with help of platelet-rich plasma collected from patients own blood. The injections also contains Acell, a powder from pig’s bladders. Raghu Reddy, a Harley Street clinician is going to try this treatment on a group of men with the help of Gary Hitzig who developed it in the US
- Stem cell cure for baldness
A stem cell breakthrough has brought scientists close to making a cure for baldness. Researchers at the Berlin Technical University have grown the world’s first artificial hair follicles from a stem cells. Though follicles were created from animal cells, the researchers are confident of growing human hair from a stem cell in a year. Roland Lauster who led the study claims that in five years hair loss sufferers can grow hair from their own stem cells and get it implanted.
- 60 year-olds without grey hair
About 10percent of the 60 year-olds do not have a single grey hair on their heads. Researchers at the cosmetic giant L’oreal studied the hair color of more than 4000 men and women of different ages. It was found that among 45-65 year-olds 74percent had grey hair where as among those between 56 and 60, 86 percent had grey hair. It also found that more men (78) had grey hair than women (71).
- Apply henna with care
Experts say one has to be cautious while using chemical-based henna. According to Abhay Talali, dermatologist, Skin Space, Mumbai. Henna picked straight from the plant is safe to use. Today henna leaves are processed and chemical added. It is the chemical that gives the dark color. The common problem with the processed henna is allergic reaction.