Good news for 71% of 66% of 51.5% of you: British scientists say they’ve found a technique that grows hair in five out of seven adult males:
With the new technique, a small section of hair and skin is removed during a 30-minute operation carried out under local anesthetic. The hair is taken from the side of the head, where the follicles tend to live longer – and so produce hair later in life – than those on the top of the scalp. The sample is then taken to the lab, where the dermal papilla cells are separated out and coaxed into multiplying in flasks. After two months, the patient returns to the clinic to have the lab-grown cells injected into his bald patch, again under anesthetic. Three months later, new hair should start to poke its way through the previously bald skin.
…good news for balding males, bad news for the spray-on hair industry.