If hair follicles are truly dead, they cannot be revived. However, bald spots that exhibit little to no hair growth may still have some resting follicles that are still alive. In these cases, hair loss treatments, including topical solutions like minoxidil and finasteride, may help revive resting follicles, according to Mayo Clinic. Depending on the underlying medical cause, massage and medications can be used to treat baldness.Continue Reading
Since topical treatments do not revive dead hair follicles, surgical intervention is needed to restore hair growth. Mayo Clinic suggests hair transplants and scalp reduction to replace or remove dead follicles and restore hair growth to bald areas, although it states that these procedures come with high costs and potential risks. Many people with permanent hair loss also wear hairpieces or wigs to camouflage thin spots.
According to Mail Online, scientists recently discovered a way to grow hair follicles from stem cells. While the experiment shows some hope for the future, it was conducted using mice and still needs to be adapted for humans. Currently, there are no techniques that can revive dead hair follicles in humans. Additionally, the experiment only successfully produced hair follicles; it did not successfully produce new dermal papillae, a component necessary for hair growth.Learn more about Hair
A number of treatments are available to repair damaged hair follicles, including topical creams and lotions, anti-inflammatory medications and surgery, according to LiveScience. However, the right treatment for repairing damaged hair follicles depends upon the cause and the extent of the damage, as well as on the cost of the treatment and how far the patient wants to go with treatment.Full Answer >
Humans are born with the total number of hair roots, or hair follicles, they will have throughout their lifetime. Although hair follicles do not grow back, according to ABC News, an accidental discovery made in May 2014 in an experiment involving lab mice may change that someday.Full Answer >
People can clean hair follicles by using aloe vera gel and jojoba oil. Mix the two ingredients together and rub it on the scalp.Full Answer >
The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, or ELISA, is used for initial tests on hair follicles, while results are confirmed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, or GCMS, notes Expomed. Recommended follicle-cleansing remedies include lemon juice and baking soda, explains Made Man. However, Expomed insists that hair follicle cleansers are ineffective.Full Answer >