I have been suffering from hair loss for around 15 years (with some years of modest regrowth or maintenance in there due to medication). During that time, I have followed all the major hair loss forums on a relatively regular basis (barring a few lengthy breaks), and read numerous news articles related to hair loss. Every year, there have always been a few new discoveries and technological breakthroughs that have caused excessive levels of excitement on the message boards. To date, every single instance of these instances of hope have led to nowhere. The cure has always been five years away.
In 2013, a person by the name of Dr. Vivek Nigam from Mumbai, India has taken over hair loss message board discussions unlike anything that I have ever witnessed. In the past, Dr. Ray Woods (who popularized the follicular unit extraction — or FUE — method of hair transplants) and Dr. Coen Gho (who has been working on hair stem cell transplants) became incredibly popular in online message boards, but the speed with which Dr. Nigam has taken over the online world makes Dr. Woods and Dr. Gho seem like tortoises! The most incredible thing is that Dr. Nigam seems to have very limited experience in the hair loss world, whether as a surgeon or as a researcher. In the past, Dr. Nigam was focusing on helping people lose weight.
I was debating on whether or not to devote my second ever blog post to Dr. Nigam. In my opinion, there is a very good chance that Dr. Nigam is yet another conman/shill/charlatan in the hair loss world. There is no shortage of such characters in this industry, and I will describe some of the major ones from the past in future posts.
However, I have been impressed with Dr. Nigam’s persistence and totally out of the box approach to helping us balding people. In the western world, there have been many hair loss researchers who have been excellent presenters of their ideas and who have managed to raise millions of dollars for start-ups, but who have then disappointed us.
Perhaps it is now time to hope for a cure from the eastern world? Whether from China, India, Japan, South Korea or elsewhere. Hair loss is much less acceptable in those places than in the US, and men in those countries suffer from hair loss to a lesser extent than their western counterparts. This makes hair loss sufferers in these eastern countries even more distressed, and I am certain there will be increasing funding for hair loss research in those countries as they get wealthier (especially the world’s two most populated countries: China and India). The best part is that testing and approval procedures in those countries are far less stringent, meaning that phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials can proceed at a faster pace.
- Are you sick of reading news articles every year with quotes from various experts proclaiming that hair loss will be cured “in five years”? I have been reading such claims for over a decade now. In fact, I am very certain that some experts who have recently stated that the cure will be here within five years said exactly the same thing ten years ago!
- Are you sick off the fact that to date, there are only two moderately effective government approved treatments for hair loss: Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine)? Neither will regrow hair on completely bald areas of your scalp, and both often lose effectiveness after a few years…that is if you were even among the lucky ones who ever saw results with no side effects in the first place. Moreover, neither product will regrow lengthy robust hair in most people.
- Are you sick of all the con-men successfully selling untested unapproved miracle scam products to gullible customers in this twisted industry?
If you agree with the above points, you will enjoy visiting this blog. Every post I write will cover new or very interesting subjects and developments in the science of hair loss and hair restoration. I will also usually offer my own detailed analysis.
Being a long-time hair loss sufferer who does not want to shave his head, I am hoping to finally see a real solution in the near future. A solution that does not require daily ingestion of any kind of medication, nor a solution requiring any kind of major hair transplant surgery, nor a wig or toupee type solution.
Based on the impressive scientific, medical and technological developments I have seen or read about in the first decade of this new 21st century, I believe that at the very latest, a hair loss cure should be here by the end of 2020. Note that this is my personal opinion and forecast and please read the below disclaimer. Since starting this blog in 2013, I have seen increasing evidence that a hair loss cure is close. Research on a hair loss cure in 2016, 2017 and 2018 has been especially groundbreaking, and a number of companies are moving to later stage clinical trials for their products as we speak.
Disclaimer: I am not employed in the hair loss industry, am not a doctor, and am not an expert in biology or medicine. All of my opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. Any treatment related decision that you make should only be taken after consultation with a physician such as a dermatologist and should definitely not be based on my opinions and conclusions. Moreover, you should read many other hair loss blogs and forums out there rather than just trust the opinions of one blog author such as myself.
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