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HairClone Explains Why Men Should Freeze Their Hair

8/8/2019 5:03:03 PM

A Biotechnology firm called HairClone, located in the UK, claim they want to 'eradicate hair loss once and for all'. A few days ago it was revealed that the government in the UK had given the green light for this firm to begin storing men's hair follicles for future use. Many are excited about the future of hair loss treatments. Not everyone was so excited. 

Many critics claim that there is no need to freeze hair follicles, because hair cloning is not yet a reality, and if it becomes a reality virtually everyone will have enough hair to clone. So why should you freeze your hair? Keep reading.

Science Behind HairClone

The concept of 'cloning' is essentially the multiplication of Dermal Papilla (DP) cells found in hair follicles. These cells communicate with other nearby 'epithelial' cells, which control the formation of the hair shaft. 

Dr. Paul Kemp HairClone's CEO says: "Hair is a naturally regenerating mini-organ. It goes through periods of growth, then resting, shedding and regeneration. This process is controlled by a specific group of very specialized cells at the base of the hair follicle called Dermal Papilla cells and they determine the thickness and length of the hair shaft that is produced. 

Hair loss is the result of a decrease in the number of these critical dermal papilla cells from affected follicles. This results in the hair shafts becoming thinner and shorter which eventually gives the appearance that the hairs are lost. 

HairClone aims to replace the dermal papilla cells and rebuild these miniaturizing follicles back to their original thickness and length. By multiplying cells from a patient's own banked follicles. Our goal is to maintain a patient's hair density while also preventing these treated hairs from miniaturization in the future."

freezing hair follicles

Why Should You Freeze Your Hair Follicles?

The question has been asked why freeze your hair follicles? Dr. Marco Barusco explains: " Once hairs are harvested from the patient and frozen in the tissue bank, the aging process of these cells stops. So, the sooner the patient banks their hair the younger the cells will be when they are used to treat their hair loss." 

Another question that many have asked is why do these therapies need to be repeated? Dr. Marco Barusco answers: "Since hair loss is progressive and patients continue to lose hair as they get older, they will likely need repeat treatments to address new areas of thinning hair."

Conclusion

Many were under the impression that this treatment would be a cure, but it's clear that this HairClone is not a cure, but rather a treatment for men with thinning hair. In fact, Dr. Kemp had this to say about hair multiplication (cloning): " Creating brand-new hairs generates a lot of interest, but it will be easier and probably more cosmetically suitable to rebuild a patient's own natural hairs that are just miniaturizing, rather than generating new ones." 

In our opinion, this treatment sounds similar to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, except the science behind it sounds more logically sound. At this point, it is still very early and there's simply no way to tell how this will pan-out, but we can stay hopeful.


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    Melvin is an Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 3 time hair transplant patient having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has over 3,000 helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. He has over 13 years of experience in healthcare management. He enjoys helping hair loss sufferers overcome their insecurities and depression in relation to their hair loss. Aside from his healthcare management work, he writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel.