The Telegraph of London reports that a breakthrough hair loss product works on stem cells, describing it as the “holy grail” for those facing the prospect of going bald or finding their hair is thinning with age.
The article says that L’Oréal (the manufacturer) claims demand for the new treatment is already so high that it has seen salons taking thousands of pre-orders even though the recommended three month treatment is relatively costly.
Researchers claim that after 90 days, the liquid “Kérastase Densifique”, when applied to the roots, can promote the growth of more than 1500 new hairs. The effectiveness claimed is based on regenerating roots by targeting areas of the scalp prone to hair loss rather than actual fibers, using a stem cell-originated technology.
As we have discussed elsewhere on the site, hair loss and/or thinning may be caused by a number of factors, including but not limited to poor diet, hormones (aging related, environmentally-impacted, and otherwise), stress, post pregnancy and over processing hair.
So, Does It Work?
This is a relatively new product, so only time will tell. L’Oréal has a somewhat notorious history for producing hair regrowth products that were minimally effective. For example, Aminexil (trade name Kopexil) was a much-hyped product that proved to be generally ineffective (never heard of it? That’s probably why… It’s not often prescribed).
Stemoxydine (click to see Google Patent) is the active compound in Densifique.
The product was tested in the SABOURAUD center in Paris, in a double blind vs placebo study consisting of 101 men between 18 and 55 years old.
A Stemoxydine 5% solution was applied 1 time a day (6ml), at the end of the 3 months of the trial, there was an increase of 4% in hair density on the patients treated with Stemoxydine, witch represent an average of +1700 hairs.
It appears from early and limited in vivo studies that a small amount of hair regrowth did occur. However, larger scale clinical testing would be needed to determine a more accurate assessment of the product’s success rate. Still, going on what data exists, 4% of hair regrowth at the current price makes this product a tough call. If the price tag on this one means nothing to you, then by all means, give it a try; we at HairSecrets still assert that just about anything is a better choice than Minoxidil. If, however you want a sure value, consider less expensive products, and consider following the plan and checklist outlined in the Ultimate Hair Secrets eBook.