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Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men

Soulskill posted about 9 months ago | from the stan-sitwell-is-thrilled dept.

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sciencehabit writes "Scientists have successfully grown new hair follicles from the skin cells of balding men. While the research team (abstract) hasn't yet shown whether the structures, which produce strands of hair on our bodies, are fully functional and usable for transplants onto a scalp, experts say the discovery is a significant step toward finding new treatments for hair loss. Previous attempts used standard two-dimensional cell culturing techniques, but the new works grows the follicles in suspended droplets, better replicating the 3-D environment of the body. Using one's own cells to generate new follicles is useful because hair color and thickness will match perfectly with the rest of someone's head of hairs. And with the new technique, clinicians would be able to take just a few dermal papilla cells from a balding patient and expand the number of hair follicles available for transplant, rather than only be able to move follicles around."

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232 comments

Harvested foreskins (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45194887)

Sad that they are taking parts of unconsenting minor's bodies to do this.
The foreskin has the most sensitive parts of the penis.

Re:Harvested foreskins (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45194923)

Hopefully they will have stemcell grown foreskins to replace what they've taken from me and continue to take from children.

Re:Harvested foreskins (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195029)

Stuff that matters, you bald, sexless, pro-Open Sores FUCKS

Re:Harvested foreskins (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195265)

Sad that they are taking parts of unconsenting minor's bodies to do this.
The foreskin has the most sensitive parts of the penis.

Bullshit.
All of it.
While it's true that some cultures do it at birth to minimize pain, traditionally most cultures wait until the age of adulthood, typically around 14 years old.
You're thinking of female genital mutilation, which is nothing at all like circumcision. The male analog to it would be removal of the entire tip of the penis, which is where most of the nerve endings actually are.

But hey, go ahead and hold on to your foreskin, along with your vestigial tail and other genetic throwbacks, if they really mean that much to you. Most guys would prefer not to deal with urinary tract and yeast infections, or stink like the inside of a rotten monkey anus. The foreskin's function was rendered moot along with body hair when humans invented clothing.

Re:Harvested foreskins (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195463)

The foreskin has the most sensitive parts of the penis.

You probably mean that the glans has most sensitive parts of the penis. Which, of course, is protected by the foreskin, that helps to maintain the sensitivity of the mucous membrane.

Who cares (0, Troll)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45194937)

Or you could you know, just shave your goddamn head. Never understood why some people have such a want to get their hair back. Even tho transplants seem alot better than other solutions such as sprays and wigs, which will literally fall off or melt off your head in certain conditions, why waste the money. I have never understood this fascination.

Re:Who cares (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45194993)

It's this kind of attitude that hold the general public back from scientific curiosity. If we can improve something we should. So nice try Mr. Bald Head Wax salesperson.

Re:Who cares (4, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 9 months ago | (#45195019)

Or you could you know, just shave your goddamn head. Never understood why some people have such a want to get their hair back. Even tho transplants seem alot better than other solutions such as sprays and wigs, which will literally fall off or melt off your head in certain conditions, why waste the money. I have never understood this fascination.

For some combination of mortality-anxiety and the desire to get laid, people are obsessed with any measures that can keep aging indicators at bay and restore a youthful appearance. Only a fairly small subset of male aesthetics actually look suitably young with a shaved head.

Re:Who cares (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195055)

I can't. I look like a neo-nazi when my head is shaved.

Re:Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195117)

Or you could you know, just shave your goddamn head. Never understood why some people have such a want to get their hair back. Even tho transplants seem alot better than other solutions such as sprays and wigs, which will literally fall off or melt off your head in certain conditions, why waste the money. I have never understood this fascination.

Or you could just shave your goddamn eyebrows.

Hair is mostly pointless on all bodies, and the razor seems to be your end-all-be-all here, so fuck those hairy stereotypes and just shave it all.

Oh, I'm sorry, you having a hard time picturing your hairless mother?

Not everyone looks good with the cue ball look (particularly women). Try and realize that before you sit here and chastise, Kojak...

Re:Who cares (4, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | about 9 months ago | (#45195135)

Some of us happen to have godawful ugly heads and those around them can be blissfully grateful for whatever cover the hair upon it can afford, whether this hair is natural or not.

Re:Who cares (5, Funny)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 9 months ago | (#45195177)

Some of us happen to have godawful ugly heads and those around them can be blissfully grateful for whatever cover the hair upon it can afford, whether this hair is natural or not.

Have you thought of decals, caps, or racing stripes?

Re:Who cares (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 9 months ago | (#45195279)

Something that looks sufficiently like real hair is generally much more inconspicuous and does not draw attention.

Re:Who cares (2)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 9 months ago | (#45195173)

I agree. I figure when I'm bald enough that it matters, I'll just shave my head and wear a cap.

As with Minoxidil, this method looks more likely to be useful for women, who have cultural bias towards not losing hair.

Or at least the ones who don't wear wigs.

Re:Who cares (1)

taustin (171655) | about 9 months ago | (#45195187)

A shaved head is a hell of a lot of work to keep up. Plus, it makes people think you had head lice.

Re:Who cares (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195271)

Or cancer.

You've no idea how many times somone has said "hey - breaking bad, right?" to me inthe last year ...

Re:Who cares (2)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195517)

Its not. I shave every 2-3 days. Really easy and simpler than when i had hair.

Re:Who cares (2)

ChrisMaple (607946) | about 9 months ago | (#45195229)

Fine, if you spend all your time in the dark or hiding under your desk. If you actually get outdoors during the day, hair protects your head from sunburn (and skin cancer) and helps keep you warm.

Re:Who cares (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195529)

I am bald. I work outdoors. If i want i can always wear a hat.

Re:Who cares (1)

Arker (91948) | about 9 months ago | (#45195939)

"hair protects your head from sunburn"

You know what works even better for that?

A hat.

Re:Who cares (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 9 months ago | (#45195261)

Public perception is incredibly important if you are looking to have or maintain a job, procreate, find a marriage partner, etc.

I shaved my head a month ago, and it made me look like 35-45 year old hardened criminal.

So if you are interested in living in the wilderness alone, that is a reasonable solution.

Re:Who cares (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195533)

I have been bald since my early 20s. Never had a problem finding a job because my baldness.

Re:Who cares (1)

PPH (736903) | about 9 months ago | (#45195783)

I shaved my head a month ago, and it made me look like 35-45 year old hardened criminal.

That would take a mullet in these parts. Bald is OK in polite society.

Re:Who cares (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195553)

Somehow, I'm guessing that you'd support the "rights" of someone confused about which end of a penis they belong on to mutilate thier body, but screw those old bald guys!

And if you do think transsexuals have a right to "align their physical bodies with their body image", then why should a 6' 3" crazed idiot who thinks he's Napoleon be allowed to shorten his arms, legs, and spine? (And why shouldn't the government pay for it?)

it could be cheaper than hookers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195595)

just sayin....

Re:Who cares (3, Insightful)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195603)

Protip: I have been bald since my early 20s. Never had a problem talking to women. Or any of these nonexistant things that are listed. If you lack the confidence to be outgoing and approach people thats on you, dont blame it on baldness.

Re: Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195817)

Thank you, Mr Clean, for your opinion.

Wow, glad we solved that! (-1, Flamebait)

SplawnDarts (1405209) | about 9 months ago | (#45194939)

Imagine what we could do if we applied the same level of effort to problems that mattered...

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (3, Interesting)

cfalcon (779563) | about 9 months ago | (#45194977)

I bet you went bald in your teens right bro?

"Imagine if we applied this effort to shit that bothers me. The fact that some men are almost unable to date doesn't bother ME, so fuck you."

Gtfo with your high horse. A fix for baldness will prevent tons of suffering.

Sad thing is, I knew some jackass would get on his high horse the moment that something like this hit slashdot.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (3)

SplawnDarts (1405209) | about 9 months ago | (#45195043)

I hate to break it to you, but plenty of bald men date without any particular difficulty. Buzz cuts work wonders.

Being poor or socially awkward is a much bigger inhibitor to dating than baldness.

Re: Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195119)

Trufax.
Interviewer: "Would you date this 300 lb bald guy?"
Attractive female: "Eww, no!"
Slashdot denizen: "God damn you, baldness! You are the only thing keeping me from getting laid!"

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195131)

At least they won't be able to use being bald as an excuse for not getting laid.
Maybe now they'll just accept women don't like them, and do something about the real problem.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195181)

No, no, it is just they keep asking out obvious lesbians.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (3, Insightful)

phorm (591458) | about 9 months ago | (#45195205)

I shaved my head down once, and it looked *terrible*, especially compared to when I just kept my hair long. Not everyone has a nice clean shiny skull to show off. Some of us have scars, discolorations/birthmarks, that can be nicely covered up with a full (or even partial) head of hair. Add to that various things that are more likely to show up with a shaved head and too much sun (such as said discolorations, or even melanoma) and there are plenty of reasons to keep ones hair beyond simple vanity.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

dasunt (249686) | about 9 months ago | (#45195291)

I hate to break it to you, but plenty of bald men date without any particular difficulty.

What about bald women? It's rare, but it's possible to get male pattern baldness in women.

I suspect they find dating quite difficult.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

cfalcon (779563) | about 9 months ago | (#45195331)

Pretty sure women never suffer from male pattern baldness.

Other forms of hair loss can effect them. However, that's much rarer, and those can also effect men. Baldness is almost exclusively a male issue.

Re: Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195753)

My understanding is that the female scientist responsible for this breakthrough started working on this some 20 odd years ago due to her own balding problem.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

artor3 (1344997) | about 9 months ago | (#45195915)

Literally the second sentence of TFA:

The approach could significantly expand the use of hair transplantation to women with hair loss, who tend to have insufficient donor hair.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (2)

cfalcon (779563) | about 9 months ago | (#45195395)

You're kidding yourself if you think you have access to the same pool of women you would if you weren't bald. An attractive man with a good head of hair has far more options than an attractive man who is bald. Especially if your baldness happens in your teens. As a freshman in college (when I had just turned 18), people thought I was some old guy returned to the dorms, even though I was younger than all of them. A couple years later as a TA, I asked the students to guess my age- the lowest number was 28, at the time six years older than my actual age. Hiding my hairline with a hat elicited absolute gasps, as the students realized the truth- I was at most two years older than any of them.

Most guys don't deal with hair loss until they are well into adulthood, if not old or middle aged. But it can shit on you in your 20s, and it is absolutely absurd in your teens.

But baldness will fuck over any guy who it happens to in the dating market. There are women who prefer bald men, but there are also women who will only date guys with nice hair. As a bald guy, you are competing exclusively in the first camp. As a guy with a nice head of hair, you have your pick of both fields.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195563)

I have been bald since my early 20s. Never had a problem dating. I also just shaved my head and never gave a fuck so dont lack the confidence of some guy ashamed of his baldness.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195611)

There's your problem, man up and shave the rest of it off already! Full heads of hair are sexy, clean bald heads are sexy as well, but that in between stage is not. Get it over with, if you keep trying to hide it women will continue to smell your insecurity a mile away.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195515)

Poor
Socially Awkward
Bald

Only one of those three has 0% chance of being reduced, much less cured, through perseverance and hard work.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195085)

I suppose that is ironic that I have an easier time dating now that I'm bald than I did when I had a full head of hair. Then again it seems to take more balls to embrace your baldness than to keep trying to hide it and women do tend to prefer men with that level of confidence.

Do you think Michael Jordon really is suffering? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195149)

Imagine his ass with a huge afro. You think he'd use this treatment?

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195167)

wow that's a lot of aggression there. You sound like it touches you personally. Maybe he is not a jackass. maybe you are to thin skinned. Maybe scientific research should be applied to underlying cause of such insecurity. I think mental illness if a much bigger cause of suffering than a desperate comb over.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 9 months ago | (#45195193)

I bet you went bald in your teens right bro?

He could have gone grey at 16 like my brother did.

Seriously, though, it's just not that big of a deal. If you think it is, it becomes one; if you don't think it is, it isn't.

Women typically respond to confidence and status/wealth signals. Having hair has nothing to do with that, or shouldn't.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (2)

cfalcon (779563) | about 9 months ago | (#45195427)

Grey is unfortunate, but it's at least possible to dye your hair convincingly and indefinitely. There's no medical solution for baldness yet- if there was, you know John Travolta would have been all over it, right? So baldness you are just fucked with it, and it needs a solution, and it doesn't need a bunch of jackwads pretending that we shouldn't try to solve it because it isn't fucking cancer, or that it's a trifling matter. Fuck them, and if you agree with them, fuck you too.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 9 months ago | (#45195495)

Why would he dye it?

Grey never stopped him from getting girls.

But then, I've only worked on malaria, TB, Parkinson's, TBIs, and now Alzheimer's ...

You know, serious things.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195665)

Ever seen "From Paris with Love"? The only effect from being bald in that movie was that is made Travolta believably badass.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195581)

I actually have been bald since my early 20s which makes this so fucking funny to me. Like you said, women and people in general respond to confidence. People like to blame their insecurities on other things than themselves. I wonder if my comment would have been modded down if i had said i was bald from the get go.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 9 months ago | (#45195305)

If baldness prevented dating, it would of been solved generations ago.

That it is not tells us that it does not significantly effect dating.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

cfalcon (779563) | about 9 months ago | (#45195461)

Egyptians shaved most of their hair and only wore wigs. Throughout history, this has been the style many times. Obviously long ago enough, baldness was considered very attractive- or it wouldn't have been selected for, which it was (it offers no inherent advantages physically, so it's a reasonable enough guess).

As recent as a century and a half ago it was still the fashion for many men to go about wearing wigs, which were done in styles that natural hair could never achieve. Today, wearing a wig is seen completely differently.

Ergo, your comment about dating is not relevant. Especially when you consider the more traditional, non "Romeo and Juliet" schemes of mate finding more popular in the past (and still pretty popular outside western culture).

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 9 months ago | (#45195565)

First off, obviously the comment can only apply to cultures with the same dating style of procreation and dislike for baldness. And some Asian culture of liking bald men, has no effect on the genetic mutation of the North American group.
And I did not say it would be been bread out thousands of years ago, but that it would of been bread out generations ago.

If boldness significantly effected dating it would not take thousands of years to get rid or it. Something that visible, wholly genetic, black and white, and directly to do with procreating would sort it self out in a handful of generations.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195501)

Yeah, baldness would have been "solved" generations ago, assuming that: 1) the men who went bald in previous generations hadn't already had a bunch of children by the time they went bald, and 2) the men who went bald in previous generations hadn't already entered reproductive senescence by the time they went bald.

Of course both of those conditions are untrue, so your statement is nonsense.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195379)

Gtfo with your high horse. A fix for baldness will prevent tons of suffering.

Suffering? Give me a fucking break. You don't suffer from lack of hair, you suffer from emotional self-esteem issues and hair is just what you've chosen to focus on instead of dealing with your real underlying problems.

IF you're having trouble getting a date, your bald head is not the problem. It's a combination of your lack of self-esteem and shopping for the wrong type of girl. There are plenty of goddamn butt fucking ugly people out there hooking up every day- looks are not nearly as important as the ads on TV told you. Seriously man, go get yourself a decent suit, I'm not talking about spending thousands of bucks, go drop $200 on a decent set of threads and spend the $50 to have them tailored to fit. And shoes- many guys don't think they matter but shoes are HUGE to women, and I'm not saying that to be a dick it's just true. Brush your teeth, take a fucking shower, and don't load up on the fucking perfume (sorry, "cologne"). And quit acting so desperate, women can smell the reek of it on you and even the loosest, dirtiest slut will pass you by. CLEAN YOUR EARS.
Women are creatures of emotion, no matter how much they try to protest and claim otherwise.

A bald head is awesome to most chicks. Not a half-bald head, a completely bald head. Don't shave right before you go out, do it for a few weeks until you get the hang of it and stop giving yourself razor rash. A half-bald man is getting old and worn out, a completely bald man is a fucking badass, and that's what women want whether they admit it or not.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195513)

I have been bald since my early 20s. What suffering? I have no problems finding dates.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195877)

If you went bald in your teens then nature wanted you to be a pathetic lonely man and not leave your hairless offspring roaming earth. This research is against the best interest in human evolution.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (5, Insightful)

dgatwood (11270) | about 9 months ago | (#45195007)

On the other hand, skin and hair are relatively easy to experiment on, making it a fairly reasonable first step, assuming that at least some of the techniques involved can be applied to other areas of regenerative research, such as organ regeneration, dermal regeneration for burn victims, etc.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 9 months ago | (#45195303)

> making it a fairly reasonable first step

Step 2: Celebrity crotch hair for an extra fee. Who doesn't want Taylor Swift's atop their middle-aging pathetic pate?

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195067)

Glad to see you are dedicating your entire life to curing cancer instead of posting on Slashdot.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195251)

Imagine what we could do if we applied the same level of effort to problems that mattered...

Oh you mean like space exploration? Yeah, that was somewhat worthwhile, until it went bankrupt.

You mean like finding cures for horrible diseases? Why should we find cures when treatments are soooo much more profitable? Greed and corruption at it's finest.

How about pain management? Yeah, we do great at that shit. America has become a legalized opium den, run by Big Pharma, who create more addicts in a single day than the worst meth labs could produce in a month.

Perhaps we should talk about world peace? Yeah, that one's fucked too due to greed and corruption initiating highly profitable wars instead of finding peace.

Please, feel free to expound upon how we humans are supposed to work on "problems that mattered" without feeling like it's fucking pointless.

(makes a cure for balding look pretty damn noble, doesn't it...)

NASA (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | about 9 months ago | (#45195253)

NASA's mission was to go to the moon, but along the way they they discovered scratch resistant lenses and memory foam. I have both in my house right now.

The point is a discovery is something new and beautiful, no matter what the reasons for looking were. I can easily imagine some offshoot of this technology fixing some other skin condition like shingles or eczema.

As for the "this helps people's suffering" vs "quit whining and just shave your head" argument, I started balding at 14. I'm happy with my shaved head now, but at the time it started it felt like motherfucking Armageddon. Suddenly girls were a terribly important concern and I looked like a radiation accident. I wouldn't wish that kind of social suffering on anyone. Especially an awkward 14 year old fer chrissakes. It was miserable.

That being said, I greatly enjoy my shaved head now and if this treatment were to become available I wouldn't take it. Being hairless (once you're the right age anyways) is actually rather nice. You look just fine in the morning, rain doesn't bother me because I have no hair to mess up, and driving with my windows down feels wonderful in the summer.

Re:Wow, glad we solved that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195267)

Because this will make a company a whole lot of fucking money, that's why. Not everyone wants to look like a Moonie.

Shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45194963)

that is was only on the inside of their palms! fapfapfap

Just think of the uses! (3, Funny)

Mr D from 63 (3395377) | about 9 months ago | (#45194967)

Could they grow hair on my elbows using this technique? It would be nice and comfortable whilst leaning against my desk.

Which color? (4, Interesting)

Valdrax (32670) | about 9 months ago | (#45194981)

Using one's own cells to generate new follicles is useful because hair color and thickness will match perfectly with the rest of someone's head of hairs.

Assuming that you take samples from the same area, I'd guess. After all, a good number of people have very different hair color and thickness at different parts of the body, like men with dark hair and reddish beards. Do we actually know what controls that?

Re:Which color? (1)

phorm (591458) | about 9 months ago | (#45195219)

When my goatee started reddening then a few odd white hairs started showing up shortly after. I've always assumed that the reddening was an intermediary to color-loss. Anyone know enough about hair follicles to comment?

Re:Which color? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195223)

Good question. I gave up on growing my beard out because it came in dark blond, red (reddish) and brown and black. And not in any kind of cool pattern. I looked like a damn Calico cat. And then I started to get grey hairs in it and it got even worse.

Re:Which color? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 9 months ago | (#45195321)

Possibly you are only seeing sun bleaching?

Do the men with different colour beards wear hats all the time?

Re:Which color? (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about 9 months ago | (#45195649)

Possibly you are only seeing sun bleaching?

Umm, no.

Do the men with different colour beards wear hats all the time?

The hair on my head is darker. Alas, I don't wear hats all the time, but I DO wear pants all the time...

Be careful... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45194989)

Just make sure you don't replicate pube follicles by accident.

Hes not just the lead author of a scientific study (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195001)

He's also a client. --dept

so no more Popeil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195039)

I find the spray does not last long but the hair club for men is a rip off.

Stop all AIDS/Cancer research now (-1, Troll)

sandbagger (654585) | about 9 months ago | (#45195045)

Get cracking on this. It's a gold mine!

Re:Stop all AIDS/Cancer research now (1)

phorm (591458) | about 9 months ago | (#45195249)

Who knows, one might be related to another - or at least come up research results pertinent to another - especially when you start talking about things like cell growth, etc.

I'd always heard rumour that a particularly popular libedo-enhancing product was the result of a side-effect in researching other blood-flow related topics (instant-tan or something like that)?

Elective Full Body Hair Renewal (1)

cookYourDog (3030961) | about 9 months ago | (#45195161)

...here I come. I want to finally be a man. With a full and shiny coat of body hair, I'll finally be taken seriously at the board meetings, on the court, and possibly in the bedroom.

Dear FDA: Please get this to trial and continue disregarding cancer and HIV treatments.

try this (1)

Pharoah_69 (2866937) | about 9 months ago | (#45195169)

stem cell research huh? Here's a cheaper solution: coffee and black pudding (or haggis).

Dumb... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195191)

Hair doesn't get women.. MONEY gets women.

You know... Money... Like what you wasted a fuckload of trying to keep your hair...

Re:Dumb... (2)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about 9 months ago | (#45195217)

That's why my toupee is made entirely of $100 bills.

Yea, Been Pullin' my hair out over this... (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 9 months ago | (#45195195)

Fabio and I are relieved! We've been pulling our hair out worrying over this..

Seriously, are we not past this, I got to have hair to be a man thing yet? I guess in today's plastic surgery, photo shop and fake tan world this is par for the course. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Folks, generally you are as attractive as you THINK you are (with some notable exceptions who have egos which are too big). Personally I prefer the company of folks who take care of themselves but are not preoccupied with appearance. Be comfortable with who you are, you will be happier in the long run.

(That goes for you ladies too..)

Re:Yea, Been Pullin' my hair out over this... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 9 months ago | (#45195417)

> Seriously, are we not past this, I got to have hair to be a man thing yet?

True story: A friend and I have finished an afternoon of skiing and we're sitting in the bar afterwards enjoying irish coffee. Discussion drifts to this very subject, how much society appears to demand a full head of man-hair and how much money is spent on products trying to achieve this. We had both agreed that this was all silly and narcissistic and although we're both going a little bald we'd never do any of those things.

The waitress, young and pretty, comes by to refresh our drinks and lingers at the table since there's not many in the bar, and we ask her the question -- what does she think of society's insistence on thick hair?

She said it was ridiculous. The presence or absence of hair doesn't make you any more intelligent or resourceful and it's stupid that men would be judged in that fashion. She equated it to judging women on breast size, which she thought was equally ridiculous.

So, my friend asked if she'd go out with a bald guy?

She laughed. "A bald guy? Are you kidding? No." ...and walked away.

And so, we left our caps on...

The point being, there are people who are obsessed with their hair. My nephew started using Rogaine at 18, not because his hair was thinning (it wasn't) but because he thought it might some day and he wanted to get a head start on keeping it.

But even for those of us who don't care, some of us think we should do something about it, because the rest of the world *does* care.

Re:Yea, Been Pullin' my hair out over this... (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 9 months ago | (#45195849)

The world cars less everyday. 30 yeas ago? yeah, outcast. Today? pffft. Once action movie stars starting appearing bald(Bruce Willis) people cared less.
Anyone can find a vapid waitress.

As a man who currently shaves his head bald (1)

Xaedalus (1192463) | about 9 months ago | (#45195239)

And looks damn good with a bald head, I say: bring it on! The only way I will ever have hair again... is if I can have a JESUS-MANE of hair! Damn straight! I'll grow that out down to my shoulders! Hell yeah!!! Go long, or go bald--No in-betweens!!!!

Re:As a man who currently shaves his head bald (2)

roc97007 (608802) | about 9 months ago | (#45195287)

And looks damn good with a bald head, I say: bring it on! The only way I will ever have hair again... is if I can have a JESUS-MANE of hair! Damn straight! I'll grow that out down to my shoulders! Hell yeah!!! Go long, or go bald--No in-betweens!!!!

How about long and bald? At the local hippy-fair I see a lot of heads that are bald on the top with a long fringe tied back in a rather stringy pony tail. I haven't decided whether it's a common fashion statement or part of the uniform.

Re:As a man who currently shaves his head bald (1)

jamesh (87723) | about 9 months ago | (#45195391)

And looks damn good with a bald head, I say: bring it on! The only way I will ever have hair again... is if I can have a JESUS-MANE of hair! Damn straight! I'll grow that out down to my shoulders! Hell yeah!!! Go long, or go bald--No in-betweens!!!!

How about long and bald? At the local hippy-fair I see a lot of heads that are bald on the top with a long fringe tied back in a rather stringy pony tail. I haven't decided whether it's a common fashion statement or part of the uniform.

I basically stopped getting my hair cut at around 14, and had a pony tail from then until my late 20's. Then my hair started thinning on top - probably not noticeable to most but I could definitely tell there was less up there than there used to be. Then I got a crop of sebaceous cysts (i have very oily skin which is apparently a contributing factor). I got all those cut out, waited for the stitches to come out, then shaved it all down to a #2 clipper cut. No way I was going with the bald top and pony tail. I'm approaching 40 now and there isn't a lot left on top, although there is enough than when I do my regular cut with a #0.5 comb I definitely feel colder.

I don't think i'd bother with any sort of treatment to put more hair on top, and definitely would never muck around with drugs that tinker with testosterone levels, which I think is the currently available treatment.

Re:As a man who currently shaves his head bald (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 9 months ago | (#45195597)

You want a head with hair? Long beautiful hair? Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen?

Scalp? (2)

roc97007 (608802) | about 9 months ago | (#45195269)

Wake me when they've managed to grow chest hair.

Re:Scalp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195397)

Wake me when they've managed to grow chest hair.

Will do.

So, has your voice changed yet, or are you still waiting on your first public hair too?

Just curious about the age demographic here.

Re:Scalp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195557)

Big fan of Burt Reynolds? You can have some of mine.

Idiocracy (2, Informative)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 9 months ago | (#45195357)

"but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections."

Re:Idiocracy (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about 9 months ago | (#45195677)

Thats exactly what came to my mind. I cant understand why people obsess over that shit so much. I went bald when i was just getting into my 20s and never cared.

Re:Idiocracy (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 9 months ago | (#45195813)

It's seems pretty meaningless now. In the 50's, being bald would pretty much make you an outcast.

Re:Idiocracy (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195739)

Apparently you're not bald or impotent.

Re:Idiocracy (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195797)

Was reading various news sources about this. It is strange that a lot of people attack this research. They say that we should be trying to fix more important things and baldness isn't important. You don't see that kind of reaction for women's makeup or even digital devices. How about movies? According to people like you, if it isn't a cure for poverty or disease, we shouldn't be researching it.

Is there any reason...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195377)

Is there any reason why this wouldn't work on balding women?

Good news/Bad news (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 9 months ago | (#45195661)

The good news is it grows hair. The bad news is you now have pubic hair on your head.

I'll believe it... (1)

Alejux (2800513) | about 9 months ago | (#45195761)

when I see it!

Don't Get Obsessed with Buzz Cut (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45195777)

I started going visibly bald in my early 20s. . (the actual process started in my teens). . . At first I was freaking out, to the point of lying awake at night fretting.

I went through the normal stages of acceptance. Got physically very fit (something I *could* control), and cut it progressively shorter, eventually going to the shaved head. It turned out to be no big deal at all - no problem with jobs, starting business, dating, getting laid, getting married, settling down.

Now in my late 30s, I decided - who needs the damn buzz cut? Everyone says "to accept being bald you have to shave it". . . well fuck that!!! I'm growing the damn shit long. So now it hangs down the sides and back like a renaissance man. And it looks fucking awesome. I am giving Gandalf a run for his money.

Alternative (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 9 months ago | (#45195795)

Stop judging people based on hair.

Damn! (2)

PPH (736903) | about 9 months ago | (#45195805)

I've spent the last few decades cultivating a natural reverse Mohawk.

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