It’s estimated that around 40% of all men experience some form of hair loss by the age of 35.
By the time they hit 60, that proportion increases to around 65%, and goes up to a whopping 80% for anyone reaching the ripe old age of 80. But let’s not worry about that last one.
Baldness is and always will be a big deal for men. Sure, there are some guys out there who take it better than others, but no one enjoys losing their hair.
Some blokes get it a lot worse than others too, turning bald in their early 20s and having to put up with all kinds of teasing and torment about it – men will be men, after all.
There are ways of treating it of course, but they are often very expensive, usually involve doing something weird like transplanting hair from your leg or armpit onto your head, and doesn’t always work as Wayne Rooney can attest.
But now help could finally be at hand, after a new scientific study reported a major breakthrough which could pave the way for creating a cure for baldness.
Scientists at the Yonsei University in South Korea have uncovered a game-changing chemical substance dubbed “CXXC-type zinc finger protein 5” which they reckon could sure the condition.
It’s already been tested on mice and has been show to promote hair grown. It works by disrupting a process within the cells controlling the development of hair follicles and healing of wounds.
Based on a 28-day experiment using the mice, scientists were able to demonstrate the positive effect of the CXXC protein.
The research also found that hair grew at a faster rate when when the chemical was combined with something called valproic avid.
Professor Kang-Yell Choi, who lead the research, said: “We have found a protein that controls the hair growth and developed a new substance that promotes hair regeneration by controlling the function of the protein.
“We expect that the newly developed substance will contribute to the development of a drug that not only treats hair loss but also regenerate damaged skin tissues.”
Someone might want to consider changing the phrase from hair today, gone tomorrow to hair today, hair tomorrow. Yeah, it’s not as catchy, is it?