L’Oreal/Lancome has been in the business of making money off of stem cells for quite some time now via so-called stem cell facial creams that are expensive and based on dubious claims, and now they are in the stem cells for baldness biz too.
Note I have a helpful 2nd post on how stem cells could really actually work to treatment baldness here. Check it out. Update: here’s a newer post from 2019 on stem cells for baldness.
The FDA slammed the business just about 6 months ago with a warning letter about stem cell product claims.
Now L’Oreal reportedly (according to the Telegraph) has a revolutionary stem cell treatment for baldness based on a product called, “Kérastase Densifique”, and it only costs £300.
I’m really disappointed that the word “stem” is not in the name.
“Stemifique” would have been a better name in my opinion. If you can think of any other appropriate or funny names for a stem cell-based baldness treatment please post in the comments.
Pilostem is an awesome one. How about Stemgain?
Anyhow, the Telegraph article by Andrew Hough on the alleged breakthrough makes some major claims:
Patricia Pineau (note from Paul: she’s pictured above on a screenshot I took from YouTube), the head of scientific affairs at L’Oréal, added: “We’ve known for 100 years that hair grows and falls out.
“We haven’t known what makes hair regenerate until now. It is all about hair stem cell environment. We have been able to develop a cosmetic product that respects the natural way hair regenerates.”
It’s nice to see stem cells finally getting the respect that they deserve, huh?
Wow. Yes, I’m joking.
Above Pineau discusses hair stem cells and L’Oreal’s view of stem cell treatments above on YouTube, focusing on their plant stem cell creams.
The new stem cell baldness breakthrough from L’Oreal comes from real science kind of stuff! It is based on a new compound called “Stemoxydine”.
What the heck is that? Who knows. It seems to be not entirely new as there was another L’Oreal product NEOGENIC using that substance as well in 2012.
Apparently stemoxydine maybe mimics hypoxia….and that is helpful why?
The article goes on to quote “award winning hairdresser Luke Hersheson” about the “holy grail” product this way:
“This new treatment is set to help alleviate this problem. It has an instant densifying action on the hair fiber, boosting the number of hairs on our head and the quality of these new hairs directly at scalp level. It’s set to be the holy grail for a lot of women – and men.”
Is this for sale in the US?
Seems so one way or another.
It is listed on Amazon (not yet available) and elsewhere.
At haircare24.com it is $65.95 for 2 oz, which seems like a relative bargain, at least compared to other L’Oreal stem cell products.
I wonder what the FDA will think of this?
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The BREAKTHROUGH FOR ALOPECIA, HAIR LOSS AND BALDNESS HAS ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED! IT WORKS ON “BALD” ALOPECIA TOTALIS AND UNIVERSALIS SUFFERERS; AND ITS A “NON-DRUG” –ALL-NATURALTOPICAL KNOWN AS AidooAid: ITS KNOWN TO THE UNITED STATES FDA AND ALL THE MAJOR NEWS MEDIA. LEARN FOR YOURSELF WHAT IS BEING KEPT FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
How about Richfeel company in India? They claim to have cure for this: http://richfeel.com/hair-problems-solution-videos/richfeel-anagrow
Any suggestion or advice on this would be helpful, thanks.
how about genostema?
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If the premise is that the stem cells will secrete factors that aid in regrowth of endogenous cells, doesn’t that assume that the stem cells are still functional? How can the stem cells survive being in the product (cream or lotion or whatever), much less be functional once they are applied to the scalp?! I’ve worked with stem cells in vitro, and I found that they are VERY picky about their environment.
The stem cells live down the base of the hair follicle so the only way the compound could get in is by being lipid soluble. As I see it the premise is that the compound wakes up the sleepy stem cells, forcing them to proliferate….and hopefully differentiate :S
Could be based on the following article.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology (8 March 2013) | doi:10.1038/jid.2013.113
Human Hair Follicle Stem/Progenitor Cells Express Hypoxia Markers
Michelle Rathman-Josserand, Gaïanne Genty, Jennifer Lecardonnel, Sandrine Chabane, Annabelle Cousson, Jean François Michelet and Bruno A Bernard
Interesting concept…hypoxia can be mimicked with Cobalt Chloride so Stemoxydine may be something of the like….That’s not to say it makes it to the follicle and induces hypoxia that causes stem cell proliferation and hair production…unfortunately companies don’t publish their original article studies 😉
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