Let­ting hair ‘sniff’ san­dal­wood could cure bald­ness

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ALL IS NOT LOST IN THE BAT­TLE AGAINST THE CHROME DOME.

Sci­en­tists in the UK have used chem­i­cals that recre­ate the smell of san­dal­wood to stim­u­late hair growth on the hu­man scalp. Well, tech­ni­cally it’s been suc­cess­ful only on scalp tis­sue for now, but it gives hope to the mil­lions suf­fer­ing from thin hair growth. These “odor­ant” mol­e­cules trig­ger not only smell re­cep­tors in the nose, but also stim­u­late sim­i­lar re­cep­tors in our hair fol­li­cles as well. By ap­ply­ing this chem­i­cally syn­the­sised san­dal­wood to scalp tis­sue, the sci­en­tists were able to stim­u­late hair growth by re­duc­ing cell death and boost­ing the pro­duc­tion of growth fac­tors within the fol­li­cle. The find­ings of this study from the Univer­sity of Man­ches­ter was pub­lished in the jour­nal Na­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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