Crown­ing Glory

Wel­come fab­u­lous tresses with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in flow­er­ing hair.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents - By Aisha Hassan.

Flow­ing manes, pixie cuts, or any­thing in be­tween—speak of a woman’s per­son­al­ity. How­ever, this qual­ity is threat­ened by the on­set of age, ge­net­ics, and stress. Sig­nif­i­cant hair loss, or alope­cia, is also af­fected by nat­u­ral hor­monal im­bal­ances and con­tin­u­ally strain­ing hair­styles. “Asian women over the age of 40 ex­pe­ri­ence more hair thin­ning than Cau­casian women,” renowned tri­chol­o­gist Philip Kings­ley warns. “You need to lose at least 15 per­cent of your hair vol­ume be­fore you even no­tice it’s thin­ning.”

Lasers are at the fore­front of hair growth sci­ence. With Re­vage 670, laser diodes ro­tate around the scalp while re­leas­ing pain­less laser en­ergy to stim­u­late hair fol­li­cles into the ac­tive growth phase. Priced at SGD 200 (ap­prox. RM600) per ses­sion. The Sloane Clinic, Ion Or­chard, Sin­ga­pore. Tel: +65-6509 8108. Or, pull a Kim K, who pop­u­larised the vam­pire facial. Rein­ject­ing your own platelets into the scalp will stim­u­late hair fol­li­cles. The ac­tive pro­duc­tion of new tis­sue will give you a health­ier scalp, too. Priced at RM2,000 per ses­sion. Premier Clinic, Jalan Wan Kadir 2, Ta­man Tun Dr Ismail. Tel: 012-662 5552.

Of course, there are also the clin­i­cal pro­ce­dures of the fu­ture that may just be the most pain­less and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions. RepliCel has suc­cess­fully grown com­plex skin tis­sues with hair fol­li­cles which can be in­jected into a per­son’s scalp. Ap­proved tri­als are in progress this year.

With Fol­lica’s patented tech­nol­ogy, hair fol­li­cles are ad­dressed through re­search­ing the ma­nip­u­la­tion of path­ways fol­low­ing skin in­juries. Co-founder Dr. Ge­orge Cot­sarelis im­plores, “When cells close a wound, they are try­ing to make a de­ci­sion: Should I make epi­der­mis or hair? There is a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity in which we can push them to cre­ate hair.”

En­tirely put off by the idea of stem cells and trans­plants? En­ter His­to­gen’s Hair Stim­u­lat­ing Com­plex, an in­jectable serum de­rived from cells grown un­der an em­bry­onic-like en­vi­ron­ment that stim­u­lates the growth of new and ex­ist­ing hair fol­li­cles. The ap­peal lies in its ease of ap­pli­ca­tion and promised min­i­mal down­time. Its use is still await­ing ap­proval. The Sonic Hedge­hog Gene is re­spon­si­ble for em­bry­onic de­vel­op­ment of the body’s tis­sues, and sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that this gene, usu­ally used to treat dam­aged hearts, can bring dor­mant hair fol­li­cles back to life.

Right in the fray of hair growth sci­ence is the whole idea of stem cell growth, but sci­en­tists are al­ready look­ing be­yond, deeper into the roots, and other parts of the body. Quo­rum sens­ing is the re­gen­er­a­tion re­sponse when co­or­di­nated or­gan be­hav­iour causes cells to col­lec­tively re­grow. Pluck­ing specif­i­cally ar­ranged hairs pur­port­edly trig­gers a stem cell re­vival of fol­li­cles up to five times more than un­plucked sur­round­ing hairs. How­ever, there is still more re­search in the works.

AT HOME TREAT­MENT L’Oreal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s Se­ri­oxyl Denser Hair Serum, RM185, en­riched with Ste­moxy­dine and Neo­hes­peridin, prom­ises out­stand­ing re­sults within three months.

AT HOME TREAT­MENT Joico K-Pak The Ul­ti­mate Deep-Pen­e­trat­ing Re­con­struc­tor, RM95, is en­riched with a bioad­vanced pep­tide com­plex to re­store amino acids and strength to weak and thin­ning hair.

AT-HOME TREAT­MENT The Kéras­tase Den­si­fique range em­ploys Ste­moxy­dine and com­plex gly­cans, both of which en­hance the nat­u­ral ca­pac­i­ties of the fol­li­cle to re­veal new hair.

Lus­cious locks are here to stay

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