The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

Many of us love the smell of san­dal­wood. It turns out hair fol­li­cles do, too. So says Pro­fes­sor Ralf Paus from the Univer­sity of Manch­ester in the UK, who found that a syn­thetic san­dal­wood scent used in de­odor­ants can stim­u­late growth in lack­lus­tre strands. “This is a rather amaz­ing find­ing,” he said, adding that his team were “not far” from hu­man test­ing. The re­searchers fo­cused on a re­cep­tor called OR2AT4, which is known to be stim­u­lated by San­dalore – syn­thetic san­dal­wood – and which can be found in the outer layer of hair fol­li­cles. They found that by ap­ply­ing their syn­thetic san­dal­wood to scalp tis­sue, they could both in­crease hair growth and de­crease cell death.

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