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So if you’re losing you hair in 2020, the good news is, there’s probably never been a better time to be going bald. The treatment options out there today would seem like science fiction a mere 100 hundred years. Hell guys, even 40 years ago, if you were diagnosed with male pattern baldness, that was it. There was nothing you could do but live with it or get a hairpiece.
How things have changed today. From hair transplants to medical and natural treatments, there are loads of options. In this video I’ll be telling you all about how we got here. The story of how the field of hair loss treatment started out, and all the major developments that brought us where we are now. In the end we’ll make an assessment of the progress made, and see what the future might hold.
You’re gonna love today’s video – stay tuned.
0:38 – Intro
1:12 – The beginnings of hair loss treatments
2:51 – Discovery of hair growth cycle
4:42 – First ever hair transplant
6:36 – Loniten
8:58 – Follicular Unit discovery
11:40 – Advent of FUE
12:35 – More about minoxidil
13:31 – Origins of Finasteride
18:30 – The arrival of internet
22:11 – Where does science of hair loss stand today?
Hey guys Leon here and welcome to the Hairguard YouTube channel.
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And let’s get straight into it.
Guys hair loss has been a problem for men, since, well, there were men. So unsurprisingly, we find all sorts of bizarre hair loss treatments in ancient texts.
The ancient Egyptians, for example famously applied a concoction made of various animal fats on the scalp. The fats came from crocodiles, hippopotami and snakes.
We don’t have any records as to how well the treatment worked out for them, but it’s not difficult to guess.
Now one of the most famous men in history to suffer from pattern hair loss was the father of medicine himself, the ancient Greek Hippocrates.
Hippocrates tried various formulas to stave off his hair loss. One included a blend of opium, horseradish, beetroot, various spices, and pigeons droppings. Yes, you heard that right, pigeon droppings.
While his hair loss formulas left a lot to be desired, we can credit Hippocrates with one very insightful observation. You can say that this single observation laid the foundation for all modern hair loss science.
Hippocrates noticed that eunuchs, men who had been castrated, never went bald. The And he came to this realization while observing the eunuchs of the Persian king, who were responsible for guarding his harem.
He attributed this to their lack of quote “hot blood”. So normal virile men who hadn’t been castrated had hot blood running through their body, and this could often lead to baldness.
Eunuchs didn’t have any hot blood, and hence never went bald.
We’ll return to Hippocrates later in the video.
But for now let’s skip a lot of not so important developments and fast forward a couple of millennia. To the 1920s more specifically.
This is when the discovery of the hair growth cycle happened, and you could say that the modern hair loss science starts with this discovery.
Now, today the hair cycle is something that we all learn about in school, so we kinda take it for granted. But it wasn’t at all evident back then.
After all, if you think about it, if you leave your hair to grow, it’ll presumably just keep on growing and growing, right?
We’ve all seen photos of women with hair down to their knees, or even the ground.
So on the face of it, not much to suggest that hair grows in cycles.
Well, in 1924 an American researcher called Mildred Trotter suggested for the first time that we all undergo such a hair cycle. But it would be 2 years later, in 1926, that a German researcher by the name of Dry described the hair cycle in detail.
Dry did his work with mice, and he coined the rather unfortunate names that we still use to describe the cycle to this day.
The growth phase, which is by far the longest lasting of the three and typically lasts for years, he called anagen. During this phase the hair just keeps on growing and growing.
The very brief regression phase that follows he called catagen. In catagen the hair follicle starts to shrink, but the old hair doesn’t still fall out.
This happens in the final phase, the resting phase, which he called telogen. In telogen the old hair falls out, making room for the new anagen hair that is coming out.
And the cycle starts all over again.