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Poll — Which Future Hair Loss Treatments are you Optimistic About?

I was hoping to make a poll where users rank future hair loss cure related treatments from 1-20 in terms of their most favorite one to least favorite one, but the software did not allow for such a feature.

Cures for Hair Loss Coming Soon

If I ask everyone to just pick their top 1 choice from the below list, a couple of the options will probably dominate way too much. So to keep things interesting, please choose at a bare minimum 3 of the below treatments/companies that you are hopeful will:

  • At least be close to release by the end of 2020. For the CRISPR/gene modification option, you can pick it even if you think it will only be realized 10 plus years down the road.
  • In their final versions, be at least slightly more effective then the only two currently FDA approved hair loss treatments (Finasteride and Minoxidil).

You can search this blog for any of the below names or acronyms if you are uncertain. Or you can post your questions in the comments to this post.

Which of the below future hair loss cure treatments are you most optimistic about? Pick at least 3.

Update: I had to delete the poll in 2018 due to some plugin issues. The results of the poll are summarized below. I bolded the 4 options (Shiseido, Tsuji, Aclaris and Follica) that received the most votes.

Total responses = 4,778.

  • Aclaris Therapeutics (Topical JAK Inhibitors) = 531 (11.1%).
  • Allergan (Bimatoprost Topical Prostaglandin Analog ) = 71 (1.5%).
  • Allergan (Setipiprant Oral Prostaglandin Antagonist) = 104 (2.2%).
  • BiologicsMD (Topical Beta-Catenin Protein Stimulation) = 28 (0.6%).
  • Cassiopeia (Formerly Cosmo Pharmaceuticals — Breezula Topical Antiandrogen) = 56 (1.2%).
  • Chinese Surprise (Somewhere in China Something Secretive is Happening) = 98 (2.1%).
  • CRISPR (or Other Gene Modification Based Treatments) = 187 (3.9%).
  • Fidia Pharma (Brotzu DGLA Based Lotion) = 226 (4.7%).
  • Follica (Skin Disruption Plus Topical Compounds) = 398 (8.3%).
  • Follicum (Hair Follicle Stimulation Drug) = 106 (2.2%).
  • HairClone (Relatively new Company with Experienced Staff) = 113 (2.4%).
  • Histogen (Hair Stimulating Complex Injectable) = 343 (7.2%).
  • Kerastem and Others (Adipose Tissue Injection Based Treatments) = 39 (0.8%).
  • L’Oreal and Others (3D Printed Implantable Hair) = 199 (4.2%).
  • Samumed (Topical Wnt Pathway Modulation) = 169 (3.5%).
  • Shiseido/Replicel (Autologous Cell Replication Therapy) = 932 (19.5%).
  • Takashi Tsuji/Kyocera/Organ Technologies/RIKEN (Hair Follicle Regeneration) = 715 (15.0%).
  • New Age Hair Transplants (Including Potential Donor Hair Regeneration like Dr. Gho Claims, Body Hair Use, PRP Addition, Using Someone Else’s Hair etc…) = 124 (2.6%).
  • One Hundred Percent Scalp DHT Inhibition (Better Delivery Topical Dutasteride, Technion University DHT-Inactivating Enzyme, RISUG Male Contraceptive etc…) = 135 (2.8%).
  • Others. There are numerous scientists who have made major discoveries related to hair loss in recent years, and many of them aim to start product development asap = 204 (4.3%).

Are Obese Men Less Likely to go Bald?

Last week, a new study from Germany concluded that short men are more likely to go bald prematurely (i.e., at an earlier age). This was very surprising to me since I never noticed any strong correlation between height and scalp hair quantity in real life. The same study also alluded to the fact that “white men in particular lose their hair prematurely”, which I have observed and mentioned on this blog before. The above study was widely covered by the global media.

On the other hand, one correlation that I have definitely noticed is that men who are obese seem to on average have a significantly lesser chance of balding in comparison to men who are of average weight or are slightly overweight or are slightly underweight. For the sake of simplicity, assume that the definition of an obese man (of average height) is someone who is at least 50 lbs overweight.

On hair loss forums, people often talk about changing their diet to a more healthier one in order to see if it improves their scalp hair. However, if anything, I have seen highly obese people with a terrible junk food and soda filled diet having better hair than those with more regular diets. I hope I am wrong about that observation.

Moreover, when people lose a lot of weight, one of the more frequent complaints that I have read online seems to be the side effect of hair loss. This might be a temporary side effect in most cases.

Obesity’s Impact on Testosterone and Estrogen Levels

If the above inverse correlation between weight and scalp hair quantity is true, the main reason is probably because very fat men tend to have lower levels of testosterone. This would mean they most likely also have lower levels of dihydrotesterone (DHT), the main culprit in male pattern hair loss. An important study from 2008 found that higher waist circumferences were associated with lower testosterone levels.

It seems like obese men might also have higher estrogen levels, which can benefit scalp hair significantly.

Update: I had to delete the poll in 2018 due to some plugin issues. The results of the poll are summarized below.

In your daily life, have you noticed that obese men are less likely to go bald in comparison to non-obese men?

Total responses = 1,380.

Yes = 362 (26.2%).

No = 595 (43.1%).

Not Sure = 423 (30.7%).

Obesity and Hair Growth
Obese Man with Great Hair