New FDA Approved Hair Loss Treatment On Horizon

The results of some recent testing have just been announced. The results tease the possibility of the first new FDA approved hair loss treatment in decades. That might be exciting enough for many, especially women who cannot use one of the two existing approved treatments. But the real excitement is around the efficacy demonstrated in their results. We look closer.


Follica and The University of Pennsylvania

Follica is a Boston based biotech. Part of the much larger Pure Tech Health group, which boasts within its stable of companies, one FDA approved product along with another 14 at the clinical stage. This week they announced some outstanding test results with puts a new FDA approved hair loss treatment on horizon.

Follica themselves have signed a global marketing deal with the University of Pennsylvania. It allows them to develop and market a breakthrough in hair loss science discovered in one of the University laboratories. That research centred around using an established technique and testing its effect on hair loss. The technique itself requires the skin to be intentionally disrupted or damaged. This disruption sees the body send healing cells to the site of the damage. On arrival at the site of the damage, those cells need to make a decision on exactly what type of cell they should become. It is this ‘decision making’ process that the team at Pennsylvania was investigating. The hope was that they might influence the outcome of that decision. For their work on hair follicles, they were hoping to encourage the cells to choose to become hair cells rather than skin cells.

Their work and results were sufficient to convince Follica to take on the research and go through to clinical trials. With the aim, ultimately, of coming to market with a product. With the support of solid trial results, it could mean the introduction of only the third FDA approved hair loss treatment and the first for decades.

FDA Approved Hair Loss Treatments

Of the two existing hair loss treatments that have FDA approval only one is considered safe for women. This is due to side-effects that could potentially damage an unborn baby. Both existing treatments come with side-effects that make a decision to use them challenging for some. Both treatments require a lifetime commitment so the threat of a lost libido, for example, is too much for many young men.

When we factor in the efficacy rates on the existing treatments the decision does not get any easier. Bear in mind that anyone embarking on a course of treatment might need to wait 6 months to see any improvement. That glacial rate of improvement might not happen at all, a significant minority will not experience any. Testing has set the benchmark for improvement at around 12% to be deemed worthy of approval. It may not sound like much, and to be honest, it isn’t, but it does mean the progress of hair loss has been halted and to some degree reversed. A miracle that has taken humanity thousands of years to achieve.

Hair Loss – A New Hope

So just in time for Christmas, Follica has finally announced details of their testing on the new treatment. Their trial involved 48 subjects, all with hair loss at Grade 3 or 4 on the Norwood Scale, with some taking differing levels of the medication and others taking a placebo. The skin was damaged during a 5-minute session using a device the Follica team has developed for the task. They then treat the area with a soup of growth factors.

Measuring the success was done using the accepted method of counting new non-vellus hairs. As previously mentioned, for the existing treatments that benchmark is set at 12%. Even the least effective dosage using the Follica method was found to produce a 29% improvement. The most effective dosage actually achieved an incredible 44%. This is not just an improvement, this is the difference between a treatment that barely does what it claims, and one that delivers visible improvement to the naked eye. It seems to us almost certain that a new FDA approved hair loss treatment is on horizon.

The Hair Ambulance

To be clear. These results signalled the end of a highly successful Phase II clinical trial in which all endpoints were reached. We can look forward to large scale Phase III clinical trials in 2020 and will be waiting, with bated breath, for more news. This really could be a game-changer for the hair loss market, one that finally consigns the underwhelming offers currently available to the history books.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.


thinning hair

A recent article in Salon Prive, written by celebrity hairstylist Joe Mills, looked at the trendiest haircuts for men this winter. But what if you’re suffering from hair loss – can you still rock a cool hairstyle?

We at The Hair Ambulance say you can, so we’ve examined these hairstyles and come up with some ways you can adapt them for thinning hair.

  1. ‘The Modern Mullet’

Less bouffant than the mullets we all loved to hate in the eighties, this is a relatively easy style to pull off for those with mild to moderate hair thinning.

A longer, layered cut with a fringe at the front and the back curling down around the collar, the “modern mullet” is brushed forward around the face, so a mildly receding hairline can be disguised – the 2019 equivalent of a combover.

  1. The Buzzcut

This is the style for those of us whose hair loss has gone beyond the point where a bit of nifty styling can hide it.

Go bold by shaving it all off – and if you can’t bear the thought of any regrowth making your bald spots more prominent, consider scalp micropigmentation to disguise them.

  1. Longer Layers

Essentially a shorter version of the modern mullet, this is another one that you might be able to get away with if your hairline is only just beginning to recede.

For those whose hair loss is more advanced, however, you might need to consider hair loss treatment options before going down this route. A hair transplant would be effective, but would take so long to take effect that you might have gone off the hairstyle by the time you’re able to wear it!

Another option here could be scalp micropigmentation – whilst usually considered a treatment for those wishing to shave their heads (see above), SMP can be used very effectively to disguise thinner areas in longer hair.

  1. The Quiff

As Joe Mills says, a quiff never goes out of fashion. And in fact, if a receding hairline is your main hair loss problem, a quiff could be the hairstyle for you. You do need to have a full crown of hair, however, as the style relies on hair being brushed forward from the crown and back at the sides.

So if you are worried that hair loss could prevent you from keeping up with the latest trends, think again. Just make sure you see a hairstylist you trust and discuss your hair loss concerns with them from the start.

Call 0121 312 2999 to book your consultation with the experts at The Hair Ambulance.

hair wellness

Hair loss affects up to fifty per cent of men and can have a devastating impact on self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. And a huge industry has built up to try and solve the problem – analysts predict the global alopecia market to be worth US$4.8billion by 2026.

But some marketing people have taken matters into their own hands in an attempt to take the negativity out of the industry, rebranding ‘hair loss’ as ‘hair wellness’.

What’s in a name?

According to those in the know, replacing the word ‘loss’ with ‘wellness’ takes the fear out of the industry, encompassing all the hair-related issues that women’s hair products promote, from volumising to conditioning and everything in between.

What’s wrong with saying hair loss?

Whilst there’s no real problem with the term ‘hair loss’ per se, it does suggest treating the problem after it has started. Whereas with ‘hair wellness’ products, you might well be nipping it in the bud by looking after your hair before any hair loss has begun to occur.

One brand promoting the idea of hair wellness is Hims – a US company offering virtual consultations with doctors, thus providing users with access to generic versions of FDA approved hair loss drugs.

Hims founder and CEO Andrew Dudum spoke to the New York Times about the wellness revolution:

“It’s been a fear-based industry. This new wave of energy around being the best version of yourself is what we’re trying to capitalise on.”

Hidden dangers of hair wellness

But some experts think brands like Hims take the ‘wellness’ trend too far. Many of the prescription-only medications accessed via the site have some serious side effects, and some say a face-to-face consultation with a trusted hair loss expert is the best route to having those drugs prescribed.

And medications aren’t the only way to treat alopecia – here at The Hair Ambulance, we recommend consulting with a qualified hair loss expert to ascertain the best treatment for you, whether or not you have started to lose your hair already… whilst hair transplants are really only suitable for more advanced hair loss cases, treatments such as SMP or hair loss shampoos can provide an effective preventative measure.

If you’re ready to take charge of your hair loss, contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

cause of hair loss

In today’s fast-paced business world, if you want to get ahead you are expected to work longer hours, skip lunch and generally prioritise your job above all else. Now we all know this isn’t great for our health, but did you know it could actually be at the root (no pun intended) of your hair loss?

Cause of hair loss: longer hours mean fewer follicles

According to a study carried out by a research team in Korea, there is a direct and significant correlation between the number of hours you put in at the office and the number of hairs on your head – and not in a good way.

The study, which has been published in the journal Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was conducted over a period of four years, looked at the rate of hair loss in over 13,000 employed men in South Korea, between the ages of 20 and 59.

The findings were quite alarming: men in their 20s and 30s working 52 hours a week or more lost their hair faster than those working a standard 9-5, with incidence of alopecia increasing by two per cent amongst those working a “normal” 40-hour week, three per cent for men who work between 40 and 52 hours per week (classified in the study as “long”) and almost four per cent in those working 52 or more hours (“longer”).

And it looks like it really is those extra hours at the office that do the damage – the study took into account other lifestyle factors and marital status.

Why is longer working hours a cause of hair loss?

Stress is a known cause of hair loss, and the scientists behind the study think that a lethal combination of more time at the office and less time for self-care is what causes the follicles to die off.

Kyung-Hun Son, Of SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, who led the research team, said:

“The results of this study demonstrate that long working hours are significantly associated with the increased development of alopecia in male workers.

Furthermore, the strength of association has increased linearly as work time got longer…

Preventative interventions to promote appropriate and reasonable working hours are required in our society.”

So next time you’re thinking of putting in a bit of overtime, take a moment to consider the effect it could have on your hairline, and ask yourself: Is it really worth it? For advice on hair loss, contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

hair loss treatment

 With the hair loss industry worth billions of dollars and new treatments appearing on the market regularly, it can sometimes feel like you’re throwing good money after bad as you try to ascertain the method that works for you.

But now scientists have discovered a way to test whether your hair loss treatment is really working. A team from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the USA has developed a device that can test the electrical activity of hair follicles.

What is this device and how does it work?

The scientists behind the device based their ideas on the finding that healthy hair follicles produce a steady magnetic field when lightly pressed. This magnetic field can be measured using a device known as a magnetoencephalogram, or MEG.

The team from MGH have created a helmet-shaped MEG that can measure the activity of hair follicles across the scalp, allowing them to create a “map” of the patient’s scalp.

What does that have to do with the effectiveness of my hair loss treatment?

In a recent study, the MGH researchers used the MEG device to investigate follicular activity on the scalps of 15 participants – two of whom suffered from alopecia.

The maps produced for those participants with alopecia showed no electrical signals at all, whilst all other participants’ maps showed varying degrees of electrical activity.

This suggests that hair follicles that have completely died stop producing a magnetic field, and perhaps that the magnetic field of a follicle is stronger depending on its health – meaning that the helmet could be used to determine whether a hair loss treatment is having any impact on the health of the follicles.

Senior author of the study, David Cohen PhD, who invented MEG and has been a leader in the field of biomagnetism for more than 50 years, said:

“What we have here is a quantitative way to see the activity of hair follicles. As far as we can tell, this is the first time the electrical activity has been measured from the follicles themselves.”

We don’t yet know if or when this device will become available for general use, but it certainly opens the way to tighten up the hair loss industry, so that only the treatments that really work can make it.

In the meantime, if you need a treatment to deal with your hair loss in the here and now, why not contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

hair transplant

Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd – who plays David Platt in the long-running ITV soap opera – has reportedly been fined by bosses for promoting a hair transplant clinic on his Twitter page.

Shepherd revealed to followers that he had undergone a hair transplant in January this year, at a well-known hair loss clinic in Manchester but, according to the media, there are rules in place preventing Corrie cast members from advertising on social media, and Shepherd was deemed to have been in breach of those rules.

An expensive mistake

Whilst representatives of both the actor and the soap opera have so far declined to comment, a source told the newspapers that the fine came about after Shepherd posted a video of his hair transplant on social media.

“It was a very serious breach and he was left in no uncertain terms that he had overstepped the mark,” the source claimed. “He was told he was being fined and the figure was a couple of thousand pounds.”

Hair transplant success

However, despite the negative consequences of his actions, Jack seems very pleased with the results of his procedure. He told the press:

“I decided to have it done because my hair loss has really escalated in the last year… I remember seeing myself on screen and thinking, ‘Oh my God, it really is falling out’.”

He went on to explain that he was inspired to undergo a hair transplant after seeing the results of his friend’s treatment: “I was blown away by the improvement and he told me he wished he had done it earlier.”

Jack has been inundated with comments from fans praising the results of his hair loss op and thanking him for raising awareness of the issue of hair loss.

If you’re suffering from hair loss, a hair transplant can provide an effective solution, but it is far from the only option available to you. Why not contact us today to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, who can offer you honest, impartial advice on the hair loss treatments that could work for you. Call us on 0121 312 2999.

stem cell therapy for hair loss

New hair loss treatments are appearing in clinics every day, and stem cell treatment has long been regarded as “the one to watch” when it comes to effective, long-term hair loss treatment. Until recently, however, it has remained more theory than actual, available therapy.

But now all that is beginning to change, and it looks like stem cell treatment for hair loss is about to burst onto the mass market.

Hair loss pioneer

One of the first people in the UK to undergo stem cell therapy for hair loss was former boxer Chris Wild. Chris was treated in October last year and told Mail Online that the treatment has made a huge difference, to both his hairline and his confidence.

At 39, this was far from the first hair loss treatment Chris had tried, but nothing else had been successful. With stem cell therapy, however, he claims to have seen a real, tangible improvement in his hair growth.

How does stem cell therapy for hair loss work?

The procedure works by harvesting stem cells from the patient’s skin and mixing them with a saline solution. This mixture is then injected into the scalp in the areas where hair loss is most prominent.

The theory is that these stem cells – which are taken from behind the ears, where the hair tends to be least likely to fall foul of DHT – encourage the growth of new hair follicles.

Doctors performing the therapy claim that patients could see up to a 40% improvement in hair growth after a single stem cell treatment. Chris certainly seems happy, telling the Mail Online: “Four months after the procedure, I visited my mum and the first thing she said was ‘you’ve got more hair’!”

Where can I get stem cell therapy for hair loss?

Whilst these early signs do look promising, it could still be a while before stem cell therapy for hair loss is widely available in the UK.

Until then, why not contact us to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, who can offer honest, impartial advice on a wide range of different hair loss treatments, from hair transplants to scalp micro pigmentation and beyond.

hair loss developments

Hair loss affects up to 50% of men, and as we are living longer and marrying later in life, the desire to look younger for longer has made the hair loss industry big business.

Treatments for balding have long been given a lot of space in the pages of the Mail and in the fashion and beauty magazines, but until recently the broadsheets have steered clear. 

But when The Observer featured an article on the latest hair loss developments, we knew that this meant they were starting to take the issue of thinning hair more seriously.

So which hair loss developments did The Observer consider worthy of notice?

Hair transplants of the future

The first procedure to be mentioned was a new hair transplant technique, called “partial longitudinal follicular unit extraction”.

This method involves extracting just a small portion of each hair follicle, rather than the whole thing so that there is no scarring in the donor area.

Dr Coen Gho, who pioneered the treatment, said: “We discovered that you don’t need the whole follicle, only a very small part, to produce a new hair to be transplanted into the recipient area. This means that after the treatment, the hairs in the donor area can be cut short, without any, or with minimal, visible density loss.”

Stem cell therapy for hair loss

Stem cell treatments have been a hot topic in the hair loss industry for some time, and now it looks like things might really be taking off.

According to the Observer article, stem cells could now be taken from patient’s skin and transported to a lab, where they can be used to grow whole new hair follicles, which can then be transplanted back into the scalp.

Research teams the world over are competing to be the first to perfect the stem cell treatment, with one such team at Columbia University in New York even using 3D printing technology combined with stem cell research to create exact replicas of hair follicles.

Bringing hair follicles back from the dead

Hair loss occurs when existing hair follicles shrink down from their usual size – usually as a result of exposure to dihydratestosterone (DHT). Some scientists believe that the best way to find a permanent solution to hair loss is to find a way to revive these shrunken follicles.

Professor Ralf Paus, a dermatologist from the University of Manchester, is leading the way in this particular field of research. He and his colleagues have been studying drugs which cause unwanted hair growth as a side-effect, and think they have come up with a new way to stimulate “dead” hair follicles.

By studying these drugs they have found a number of compounds that seem to be effective in stimulating new hair growth in a laboratory situation. If further testing proves positive, these could be trialled in humans soon.

With all these new treatments in the offing, and with the mainstream press starting to take an interest, it looks like an effective, long-term solution to hair loss could be on its way sooner than hoped.

In the meantime, if you need a treatment to deal with your hair loss in the here and now, why not contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

hair system benefits

It’s been a long time coming, but apparently wigs are finally having their moment in the spotlight. And women with thinning hair the world over are taking advantage of this new trend.

Any viewer of Netflix comedy Schitts Creek will have watched in wonder as Moira (played by Catherine O’Hara) parades a seemingly endless array of hairpieces – and wig experts say that is where we are all headed.

Wig and hair system benefits: no more “old lady cut” to mask thinning hair

A spokesperson for told Forbes: “The days of going shorter and more matronly just because you’re maturing have gone… You won’t find wigs for seniors because you can choose any wig you like.”

The celebrity influence is huge when it comes to hair trends – Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and the Kardashians are all well known for using wigs to allow them to change their hair on a whim.

Now more and more women are catching on to the idea that a wig can not only disguise thinning hair, but can also be used to complete a particular look – so one woman may have four or five different colours and styles of the hairpiece to choose from.

Wig and hair system benefits: showbusiness isn’t for everyone

Whilst the numbers of women who choose to use hairpieces as an expression of style are increasing rapidly – according to ReportLinker the global wig market is growing at a rate of around nine per cent annually – not everyone wants the world to know they are wearing a hair system.

Chemotherapy patients and sufferers of hair loss problems like alopecia areata are among those most likely to shy away from the “showier” wigs. And for these people, wig technology has come a long way in recent years.

According to Shevy Emmanuel – the woman behind Shevy Wigs in New York – there is no reason nowadays why a hair system should not be virtually undetectable, and claims that within her own company great lengths have been covered to ensure that that is the case:

“Hairlines are traced and replicated, textures are matched, and any shade of colour is perfectly reproduced. All Shevy colours are precisely blended from their slightly darker-rooted bases to the subtle streaks and shimmering highlights that create natural dimension,” she told Forbes.

If you’ve been considering using a wig but don’t know where to start, why not book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts today. Call 0121 312 2999.

celebrity hair transplants

Hair transplants remain one of the most popular hair loss treatments among the rich and famous, and it sometimes feels like barely a week passes without news of yet another Hollywood star with a new – and suspiciously lower – hairline.

But what about our homegrown talent? Well, in case you were worrying that hair transplants were a thing that only the American elite could aspire to, we’ve compiled a list of the best celebrity hair transplants in the UK. Enjoy!

  1. Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant

Probably the most infamous hair transplant patient on the British celebrity circuit, footballer Rooney has undergone not one, not two, but THREE hair transplants, all at the tender age of just 32. And he’s reported to have spent around 30,000 pounds in the process

So why has Rooney needed three procedures? Is it because hair transplants don’t work? Well, experts are fairly unanimous in their opinion that it’s actually his age that’s the issue.

Hair transplants work better on older men when the receding hairline is more advanced. Simply put, Rooney’s hairline has continued to recede past the point of the transplant, which is why he’s needed further procedures.

  1. James Nesbitt’s hair transplant

Loveable Irish rogue Nesbitt is best known for his role on ITV’s Cold Feet, but his struggles with his hairline have not gone unnoticed by the tabloid press. 

In 2017 the actor decided to put a stop to the rumours and come clean about his hair transplant procedure, telling the Radio Times that the treatment had helped to boost his career. 

  1. Gordon Ramsay’s hair transplant

Celebrity chef Ramsay is a divisive figure, but opinions in the gossip columns were pretty unanimous when he was spotted leaving the famed Alvi Armani clinic in Los Angeles with his head covered over. Yes, the Hells Kitchen star had taken the lead from his new A-list mates and undergone a hair transplant. 

Ramsay’s hair transplant is actually pretty undetectable, but popular opinion has it that that’s more down to how well he (or his stylist!) disguised his hair loss beforehand.

So there you have it – three of the best celebrity hair transplants the UK has to offer. And there are plenty more: Calum Best, Louis Walsh and Dr Christian Jessen are just a few other UK celebs who are known to have undergone hair loss treatment.

To find out whether a hair transplant might be the best option to treat your hair loss, why not contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

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