Bryan Johnson’s Hair Regrowth and Beard Disappearance

Anti-aging entrepreneur Bryan Johnson has been in the news even more than David Sinclair over the past year. Mr. Johnson is the founder and CEO of Kernel and the founder and ex-CEO of Braintree. He also runs the OS Fund and most recently created his anti-aging algorithm Project Blueprint.

Mr. Johnson has become famous due to his highly detailed and expensive ($2 million per year) Protocol to fight aging. This week, he got into an online back and forth with Elon Musk on Twitter (where you can follow Bryan if so inclined).

Update: Jan 9, 2024
Interesting new video from Bryan Johnson about how he reversed his hair loss and grey hair. For his hair loss, he uses a laser cap, does microneedling, and applies an interesting proprietary topical lotion.

The latter’s ingredients include caffeine, finasteride, minoxidil, azelaic acid, diclofenac, tea tree oil, rosemary oil, ginkgo biloba, biotin and melatonin. He thinks that the microneedling enhances the efficacy of the topical. Of most interest to me, Bryan just started exosome treatment for hair loss. He mentions PRP, but does not mention dutasteride mesotherapy like he did in his past videos.

For his grey hair reversal, he uses relatively less well known products from Mayraki and GR-7. The latter seem to be a natural dye rather than a permanent grey hair cure.

Jan 4, 2024

Bryan Johnson’s Hair Loss and Grey Hair Reversal

Most of the comments seems to be critical of the 46-year old Mr. Johnson’s before and after transformation. However, I am impressed at his tremendous efforts and transformation. His 2,250 calories per day diet and supplement regimen seems to be very effective.

Having said that, the marketing and media publicity that he gets and thrives for is ridiculous. Is he a narcissist only there for the money and Insta fame? Or is he really trying to improve humanity? I am leaning towards the latter, which in the modern world can only be achieved through shocking and viral publicity it seems.

As soon as I saw Bryan’s before and after transformation, the first two things that I thought of were:

  1. Bryan Johnson’s beard hair has entirely disappeared. No-one seemed to point this out at all.
  2. Bryan Johnson’s scalp hair has become lengthier and thicker.

Moreover, in the below 2015 image from Bryan’s wikipedia, he has a few grey hairs on his sides. Did he manage to reverse his grey hair or is he dying his hair? Edit: I saw the following claim on his website’s hair health section:

Bryan Johson Grey Hair Reversal

I also started to wonder if Bryan got on a male-to-female transgender type hormone regimen that allowed him to lost his facial hair? Or did he get electrolysis or laser hair removal?

Bryan Johnson Blueprint
Bryan Johnson before his Blueprint anti-aging protocol.

Upon further research, right away I stumbled on to Reddit threads about his hair loss regimen that includes minoxidil, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), red light laser cap therapy, microneedling, vitamins and dutasteride injections. I am impressed that he picked dutasteride over finasteride, something that very few hair loss sufferers in the US prefer.

An even bigger surprise for me was that Bryan discussed his hair loss and hair regrowth regimen in a detailed November 2023 video interview. I entirely missed this YouTube video before. He started losing his hair in his early 30s, but clearly has no obvious hair loss at the moment.

Bryan Johnson’s hair loss regimen includes:

  • Platelet-rich plasma plus ACell plus dutasteride injected into his scalp every 30-60 days. A total of 13-15 ml per injection.
  • Daily red light therapy via a laser cap for 6 minutes.
  • Nightly concoction that includes minoxidil.

21 thoughts on “Bryan Johnson’s Hair Regrowth and Beard Disappearance”

  1. Saw him on TV recently, he seems like a good bloke, but I think he looked quite unnatural – kind’ve waxy looking and pale?! Hate to say this, but he reminded me of that “Data” character in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series! (No, I’m not a Trekkie – only watched it for that Counsellor lady…I swear!) Also, he didn’t really strike me as looking any younger than his biological age. As one of the TV presenters said, it seems like a ton of work to maintain – not to mention expensive. However, there is another guy from Brazil (can’t remember his name?) who minced around in little scallop shorts, only drank mineral water and worked out excessively. Now, he really looked young for his age – being in his early 50’s I think? Aside from all that, Bryan’s hair loss reversal does intrigue me though.

    1. I am more intrigued by his beard loss and his 80% grey hair reduction (unless it turns out to be dye).

      I would be more enthused about his self-proclaimed hair loss reversal if I saw some before photos that show significant thinning.

      In any case, monthly dutasteride and PRP injections are likely having a very positive effect on his scalp hair, even if we see no before photos.

  2. I’m grateful for people like him pushing the envelope on human potential. I just hope his treatments become more affordable, accessible, and effective in time!

  3. The gray hair reduction is interesting (I’d be interested) but why in the world would you want to eliminate all your beard hair (especially with 80% less gray)? I guess because any gray in a beard will age you? Must be more than that. Has his anti aging fascination veered into obsession? It’s a thin line.

    We all grow old and we all croak. Never understood those that fear it so much they’re willing to go to ultra extreme lengths. You might get a few more years but we’ll both end up in the dirt (well, not me I’ll be ashes but you get what I mean). What I get from this guy is 100% radical fear of growing old and dying. But if you obsess too much you’re wasting the very time you’re trying to buy on worrying. By all means, research. It’ll (hopefully) help humankind. But I don’t care for his vibe or his attitude.

    I’ll gladly reap the benefits of some cool stuff he figures out (if he really figures them out), but I wouldn’t do half the stuff he does. And I definitely don’t want to look anything like him. I like my beard. I don’t want to look like I’m 11 again.

    1. I think he meant 80% less grey in his scalp hair. But maybe beard was same trend too.

      I used to like my beard. Now it is becoming crazy high and the dense chin area is a pain in the ass to shave. Last week I bled while shaving that area and got a scar. Would prefer no beard at all at this point! I think my oral Minoxidil is also making my facial hair grow faster and denser.

      If I had Bryan Johnson’s level of beard, I would have kept it for sure.

      1. I get it. I keep mine trimmed pretty short with clippers – quick and easy. Shaving entirely is indeed a pain. I gave it up long ago. Although I’m 100% certain the grey in it ages me quite a bit (there’s only a little and I like to think it looks distinguished but I’m sure that’s not true lol).

        Interesting about minox impacting beard hair.

        1. For dark hair (brown/black) 12-15 black tea bags steeped in a cup of boiling water. Let it cool. Add rosemary, sage essential oils if you want. Put in container and dab on with a toothbrush. After daily use for a couple weeks you can back off to less frequent but you have to keep doing it. Looks far more natural especially in sideburns. I know, one more thing to do every day! ;-/

  4. Despite my slightly disparaging comment above, I agree that it is cool he is going this alone because most of our own progress has been via anecdotal and not completely waiting for industry to lurch forward with it’s beuraucratic or economical setbacks.

    For instance, I’ve had the HairMax Ultima 12 LaserComb for 2 years and while it says to use every other day….it’s only because that is how they tested it. The idea that more frequent use *could* (not verified of course) cause itself cause hairloss!?! So it’s interesting that Johnson is doing laser daily. I wonder what his research on that would be.

    Does anyone have any more recent data/studies to suggest daily use can help?

  5. No way. Unless that’s a comb over, there’s no way micro needling and some lotion did that. Hair transplant. He needs to pull it back so we can see better (then I’d know for sure) because I’m calling BS. Looks like he has 3 times the hair he did in the before photo. Nothing on planet earth is tripling your hair count besides a hair transplant. Micro-needling might help but it ain’t doing that.

      1. Ah okay then it kinds of makes sense. Still seems too good to be true, like you said. I guess he’s getting on everything he can so maybe it’s a combination of all of it. I’ve never seen that kind of growth before. Pretty wild but good for him (no sarcasm).

        1. I am also impressed that he got rid of his beard and goatee without any scarring at all.

          Laser hair removal is very safe and effective in people with very light skin and dark hair, though even there you read about people not getting permanent results.

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  7. Oral dutasteride causes beard loss. Local injection dutasteride may cause beard loss due to the amount it enters into the blood.

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