A CURE FOR BALDNESS?
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.