What Is Hair Cloning?

Hair cloning, also called hair multiplication, is widely considered to hold the key to resolving the hair loss problem. The main difficulty with treating hair loss today is the shortage of products that could re-grow hair. Most of the available treatments such as Rogaine (minoxidil) or Propecia (finasteride) are relatively good at maintaining hair but their ability to grow back the lost hair is relatively poor. Hair surgery thus remains the only option for anybody looking for a permanent solution. The main shortage of surgical hair restoration, though, is the shortage of available donor hair. It is limited to the certain portion of hair in the back of the scalp, which is considered permanent and thus can be transplanted successfully and stay. This is where the hair cloning comes in useful. The main purpose of this method is to secure an unlimited source of transplants so that no matter how little hair one has left, even the last healthy hair follicle can be multiplied and transplanted to the bald skin.

However, there is a big difference in the form in which the cloned hair would be transplanted when compared with traditional hair transplantation techniques today. Now when it comes to transplanting hair we know the two main methods and both of them consist in surgically transplanting the individual hair follicles into the bald scalp. With hair cloning there would be no hair follicles to transplant. There would only be cultured hair cells (multiplied from the hair follicles in the back) that would be injected into the bald spot where they are believed to induce a healthy new hair growth. Such resource would be unlimited and could be also used in alopecia areata patients or burn patients who have lost a substantial portion of their hair. However, it needs to me mentioned that commercial introduction of hair multiplication as a method of treating hair loss should not be expected within the next 5 years.