March 21, 2011


A World Without Balding: Fresh insight into the role of stem cells may signal new hope for balding men everywhere. So just how close are we to the cure? And will you make the "cut" when we get there? (Eryn Green, 3/21/11, Esquire)

For the broad majority of men, baldness still remains the scourge of our vanities. Maybe it gets to us because, on a psychological level, aging represents a loss of virility, symbolized by hair loss. Or maybe it's simply because — like aging — we can only control it so much.

The fear of balding continues to persist in an age increasingly obsessed with youth (see: the supposedly Samson-esque follicles of everyone from Tom Brady to Justin Bieber) and the preservation of vitality (see: patriarch of the Kardashian clan, Bruce Jenner). Baldness continues to represent some fundamental, inescapable, awful truths for men: You will get old. It will not be pretty. People will think differently of you. One day you will wilt, and eventually, die. Baldness reminds those of us doomed to it that we are masters of our destiny only so much. We are men, and men can do great, impossible, incredible things. But we can't fight the tide.

Or so we've thought.

Recent news of a promising new breakthrough in remedying baldness has heads buzzing. Thanks to a bunch of mice who demonstrated in a laboratory setting that dormant follicular stem cells can be stimulated to cause the regeneration of hair, there might be hope for you yet.

Why would a man prefer hair to baldness? It's just one more thing to take care of.

Posted by at March 21, 2011 6:35 PM

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