or "hair multiplication" is one of the newest options for regaining
your lost hair but by far the costliest. The procedure involves isolating cells
from within the hair follicle for multiplication and then reinsertion into
balding areas of the scalp. The problem though is only about seven percent of
the transplanted cells ever produce hair. This is a result of the natural
rejection processes of the human body.
Cloning hair became a reality from research being
performed on stem cells. Similar to stem cells found in other parts of the body
the hair follicles also contain these cells within the hair bulge. Thatís why
you hair reproduces year after year. To elaborate this hair bulge contains stem
cells that split for hair growth and others that remain to produce future hair.
That is why your hair follicles enter stages of growth, resting, fallout, and then reproduction. The key to these processes is the chemical messenger sent by
the body to trigger these stages. Whether the production of an ample amount of
hair can ever be obtained without these messengers is another thing.
The difference between hair transplantation and hair
cloning is in the methods utilized. With transplantation the whole follicle is
transferred from an area of the scalp, immune to pattern baldness, to an area
devoid of hair. Hair cloning techniques on the other hand multiple the cells
taken from the scalp and then re-implant them into balding areas. At that point
if the follicles continue to receive chemical messages from the body they
As one might surmise with hair cloning being a very young
science the current price of 20 to 40 thousand dollars will leave quite a few
candidates on the sidelines.