Rei Ogawa’s Mechanotherapy and Tom Hagerty’s Scalp Exercises

Update 2016: Dr. Rei Ogawa has co-authored a new article on how scalp massage positively impacts dermal papilla cells.  The authors are all respected scientists from a developed country.


At the recent World Congress for Hair Research, Japan based Dr. Rei Ogawa of Nippon Medical School made a very unique presentation on mechanotherapy and its use for hair loss. Luckily, his whole excellent presentation was recorded and posted on youtube. At the same time, an everyday American man by the name of Tom Hagerty has been at it for years.

Mechanotherapy for Hair Regeneration

I am embedding Dr. Ogawa’s mechanotherapy and hair growth video below. At least half of the video does not deal with hair loss directly, but it is still well worth watching in its entirety. For more information on mechanotherapy, see this Nippon Medical School page in its entirety.

Tom Hagerty’s Scalp Exercises for Hair Loss

While watching the above video, I suddenly remembered an old hair loss guru “friend” by the name of Tom Hagerty. Ever since I first started reading about hair loss on the internet around 15 years ago, Mr. Hagerty has had a steady and unique presence.

This is via his interesting website on scalp exercises that he himself developed. These scalp exercises can supposedly reverse hair loss or at least stop further hair loss. Mr. Hagerty does have a good head of hair for his age. Tom Hagerty also has a separate site on facial exercises.

2019 update video from a Tom Hagerty follower:

I used to frequent his website and forums regularly ten or more years ago. In fact, I even ordered his DVD despite my major reservations about this whole concept. The main reason I ordered the DVD was because the price was low (around $30 at the time).

Moreover, Mr. Hagerty communicated with me a few times via e-mail and via his forums. He came across as very sincere and helpful.  We both lived in the same state at the time too.

Although I saw his DVD, I never stuck with the scalp exercises for more than the first few days. Mostly due to a combination of laziness and skepticism. I was also getting decent results with finasteride and minoxidil at the time.

Funnily enough, a few years ago, Jotronic from Hasson & Wong also posted a video about scalp exercises. His reason for doing so was to improve scalp laxity prior to getting a strip hair transplant.

Dermarolling and Hair Growth

After making the connection from mechanotherapy to scalp exercises, my mind wondered to wounding and dermarolling (with Minoxidil).

Perhaps mechanotherapy, dermarolling, scalp exercises and even low level laser therapy all impact hair growth positively via related mechanisms. A complex reactionary pathway involving cells, tissues and molecular signalling in the scalp region. And blow flow too of course.

Perhaps I am reading too much into these alternative hair loss treatments. Nevertheless, it would be quite something if Tom Hagerty’s scalp exercises were scientifically proven to stop hair loss. His is a basic form of mechanotherapy, without the use of any mechanical devices.

Was Tom years ahead of the world’s foremost scientists? Should I try to find his DVD in my storage and take it more seriously?

6 thoughts on “Rei Ogawa’s Mechanotherapy and Tom Hagerty’s Scalp Exercises”

  1. Very interesting video and post. Never heard of those scalp excercises before and am now thinking of getting the DVD. Hard to believe it works.

  2. Many of the things Dr. Rei Ogawa says I totally agree with:

    Mechanical forces on the scalp may increase blood flow and stimulate dermal papilla cells directly. Mechanotherapy can change gene expression and perhaps remodel hair follicle cells. Mechanical forces may activate BMP 4 and Noggin signaling pathways on dermal papilla cells.

    But I think that the mechano-force of the scalp exercise is only effective if the scalp exercise is done correctly and at least several days a week. Most people give up after a few weeks of enthusiasm and opt for a topical solution or a pill.

    Thanks for the link to Dr. Ogawa’s talk. It’s always neat to have one’s ideas confirmed by a scientist.

    1. Hi, Tom, nice to see you here, but how do you explain donor zone thinning and parietal recession, as they lie on the softer area of the head. Though, even on balding people, such thinning seems to only appear in later age, like above 50, but you know what I mean. Severely balding people are more prone to donor area loss (which makes the transplants a bit questionable, anyway, but they seem to work to an extent). Hope you get notified. Too bad there is not a notification check.

  3. So by kind “irritating/stressing”your scalp, you are able to rejuvenate(bad english) it.

    My question is HOW LONG can this rejuvenation be continued till its depleted???

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