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Is there really a cure for baldness?

A true cure for baldness does not yet exist. Some procedures show promise, such as hair cloning, which will perhaps be available as early as 2027. Stem cell procedures are still in the formative stages and currently stem cells cannot address hair loss at all. If you are looking to pop a pill or get a shot and instantaneously regain a full head of hair, then the answer is no, there is no such thing as a true cure for baldness, at least not yet.

If you are one of the 35,000,000 men in the United States who experience hair loss due to genetically inherited male pattern baldness, it can have a withering effect on your self-esteem, and you may be in search of a cure for baldness.

Hair loss can make you feel older, less vital and less competitive at work or dating compared to younger, more hirsute men. Worse still, it’s an emotionally loaded topic for men, who are expected to hide their feelings about the loss and “just deal with it.” It’s no wonder that a cure for baldness is considered an aesthetic and psychological Holy Grail. But does a cure really exist?

Is a hair transplant a cure for baldness?

Strictly speaking, no. However, a follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant can sure look and feel like a baldness cure. Unlike toupées, wigs or hairpieces, an FUE hair transplant uses your own natural hair, harvested one-by-one from the donor site (usually the back of the head). Those follicles are then “planted” one-by-one into areas that are thinning or bald.

Our gallery of hair transplant before and after photos is proof positive that the results are 100% natural, permanent and undetectable as a transplant. And with robotic FUE there is no linear scar.

Are there any medications that offer a cure for baldness?

No medications currently exist that will make you sprout a full head of hair. However, FDA-approved Minoxidil (Rogaine®) and Finasteride (Propecia®) have been clinically proven to slow and even reverse hair loss. Furthermore, platelet-rich plasma can also effectively address hair loss in many cases.

What else should I know about baldness cures?

Until an actual baldness cure is invented, a robotic FUE hair transplant is a state-of-the-art procedure that can reverse the appearance of your hair loss. Hair Sciences Center has been at the forefront of hair restoration for two decades, so if a cure is on the horizon, watch this space. You’ll be the first to know.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 

Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


Hair cloning: a cure for baldness on the horizon

Hair cloning is expected to become a reality as early as 2028. Along with a handful of the world’s top doctors and scientists in the field of hair restoration, I am currently a clinical partner and consulting medical advisor at HairClone™, a UK-based biotechnology research firm that is heading up the effort towards hair “cloning” as a cure for genetic baldness.

How does hair cloning work?

Cloning is the production of genetically identical organisms. In the case of hair, the process involves removing hair from the patient’s own head, perhaps around 50-100 follicles under local anesthesia. The follicles would then be disassembled to remove certain cells from the follicle, the dermal papilla cells. The cells help  control follicle growth. Once isolated, the cells would be multiplied in a special culture. The cells would then be reintroduced to thinning areas of the scalp to reduce the miniaturized vellus hairs, making them more robust. There is also the potential to induce the growth of brand new hairs.

Although progress is being made, substantial work still needs to be done in order for hair cloning, also known as hair multiplication, to become a viable option.When it does become a reality, a series of injections under local anesthesia will replace current methods of hair restoration, such as hair transplants  and medical hair loss treatments. However, drawbacks will still remain.

For example, while the injected cells will act like “seeds” for the growth of new follicles, there is currently no way to determine or influence the direction of the follicle growth. Furthermore, other characteristics that determine a natural look, such as matching color, length, curl, diameter and coarseness, also cannot be influenced at this time. Obviously the Holy Grail is an unlimited amount of hair with perfect characteristics, whose growth can be stimulated wherever needed, but this goal remains elusive, and challenges remain. It may even be the case that a hair transplant might be a complimentary therapy to hair cloning, particularly at the front hairline, to ensure a natural appearance. Still, cloning promises to be the greatest advancement in the history of hair restoration, and holds promise to finally render baldness a thing of the past.

Sign me up for hair cloning. What are next steps?

If hair cloning is of interest to you, then we should probably talk about follicle banking. This involves the extraction of a small amount of follicles for cryopreservation. The young, healthy, robust hair follicles are cooled down to extremely low temperatures (between -80 °C and -196 °C), and stored for future use. This is needed because our hair cell quality, like all of the body’s cells, decreases with age. But at extremely low temperatures and degeneration is halted. The cells can be stored for many years.

Early adopters of follicle banking will be prioritized once the cloning technology becomes a viable solution, so if you are motivated there is definitely an incentive to take advantage of this technology. Follicle banking is not currently available as the protocols are still being worked out.  Follow my blogs and website for information and notification when this technology becomes available. The cost of the hair cloning procedure is unclear at this point.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 

Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

Female pattern baldness

Female pattern baldness

Almost everyone is familiar with the term “male pattern baldness,” and it has been known for millennia that men go bald. By contrast, little is known by the public at large about the obscure, but no less real, condition of female pattern baldness.

Which is rather odd when one considers that 40% of women will experience some hair loss by the time they are 40 according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Female pattern baldness is a life-altering condition that can severely impact self-confidence and emotional wellbeing.

The Ludwig Scale classification of female pattern baldness

The Ludwig Classification System describes hair loss patterns in female pattern baldness, which ranges from stages I to III. This illustration is a simplified version. 

female pattern baldness

Where male pattern baldness is characterized by a readily visible receding hairline, and loss at the temples and crown, thinning hair in women is more subtle. The Ludwig Classification describes the pattern as hair thinning throughout the entire top of the scalp, behind the frontal hairline. Even in severe cases where loss is easily visible from above, the frontal hairline remains intact. Bald spots may appear at the crown or elsewhere but more commonly; generalized thinning is evenly dispersed throughout the top of the scalp, which can get progressively worse as the years go by. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris to discuss your hair loss and treatment options.

Before treatment options are considered, it is important to understand the causes of hair loss in women. In most cases a clinical diagnosis can be made by Dr. Harris. He will then prescribe non-surgical hair restoration medications for women and/or platelet rich plasma treatments to help arrest hair loss and stimulate the regrowth of hair. Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment is essential to achieve maximum results, as all treatments for female pattern baldness are more effective at arresting progression of hair loss than stimulating regrowth. Hair transplant surgery is also an option for many women, utilizing state-of-the-art follicular unit extraction or follicular unit-strip harvest.

Understand your hair loss treatment options and women’s hair loss products by visiting our Hair Survival Program tailored for women. Learn more about hair loss in women or ask Dr. Harris a question about your unique case. He  is one of the world’s leading authorities on hair loss treatments and personally answers all queries himself.


Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness treatment

Treatment for male pattern baldness (MPB) consists of both surgical solutions and medical therapies that can help men of all ages halt or reverse hair loss at the temples and crown. Technological advances in follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplantation, and scientific advances in topical therapies such as Rogaine, mean there are currently a lot of options available to address hair loss. Quite simply, if you suffer from the effects of male pattern baldness and it bothers you, chances are very high we can help.

The onset of male pattern baldness

A while back, you began to notice the receding hairline, and the exposed temples. Then perhaps it was the bald spot that began to appear on the back of your scalp. You began to fret about the hair loss—checking the fallout rate as measured in the shower drain, or as strands in your hairbrush, and holding a mirror to the back of your head to measure the advancing balding spot. You began noticing other men’s hairlines, and started to look with envy upon those with a full head of hair. As your hair thinned you began to look and feel older. Your confidence seemed to recede with your hairline, which in turn seemed to make you question how successful, attractive, or competitive you are. Many men become disheartened and feel helpless because there are no lifestyle changes a person can make to change their hair loss. Sound familiar?

If so, you have come to the right place: Dr. Harris and the team at Hair Sciences Center can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris today.

How common is male pattern baldness?

Although most men rarely discuss the topic, those who suffer from male pattern baldness are in general very unhappy with their situation. Hair loss can affect every aspect of their life. Some men suffering from male pattern baldness began to experience the demoralizing telltale signs before the age of 21. By the age of 35, 30-40% of men will experience thinning and notice a receding hairline. By age 50 nearly 85% of men experience some thinning or recessions, some to complete baldness.

What is the Norwood Scale?

The Norwood Classification System describes hair loss patterns in male pattern baldness. Below is a simplified illustration. 

male patten baldness Norwood Scale

The snake oil salesmen

You may have seen the infomercials promoting the latest “scientific breakthrough” treatments for hair loss. However, as of now, there is no product, pill, lotion, potion, or vitamin supplement—including Rogaine and Propecia—that can permanently reverse and cure male pattern baldness. Any pharmaceutical product claiming that it can is simply selling snake oil—no ifs, ands, or buts. Maybe someday there will be a drug or genetic cure for baldness, but at this time, all claims of a “cure” are false.

What are my options for male pattern baldness treatment?

A personal consultation with Dr. Harris is the best place to start to determine the best course of action for your unique circumstances. Hair loss solutions to be discussed include:

Surgical options:
Non-surgical options:

Learn more about the causes of hair loss in men or read about hair transplant surgery at HSC. Dr. Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon and award-winning inventor of next-generation FUE transplant technologies. He continues to lecture hair transplant surgeons regarding best practices internationally. Learn more about Dr. Harris or schedule a personal consultation with the doctor.

Psychology of Hair Loss

Psychology of Hair Loss

In 1991 a man from the Neolithic Age was found frozen in a glacier near the Austrian-Italian border. This man, who was believed to have lived around 5,300 B.C., had hair that was cut in a very neat, precise style. Evidently he considered the appearance of his hair very important.

The story of Samson and Delilah is also telling. Samson possessed supernatural strength bound within his hair. When Delilah had a servant shave him bald, his strength vanished.

Hair has fascinated humans since the beginning of time, and it is natural to feel concerned if your hair is thinning. Specifically, hair loss can trigger masculinity issues. Many worry: Will women find me unattractive? Will I look too old to get that promotion at work? Will people consider me “over the hill?” and so on. Hair loss can and often does evoke the feeling that life as you know it is over. In this respect, baldness is associated with approaching mortality.

We recommend this great article from Psychology Today titled The Psychology Behind A Good Hair Day. If you are a young man losing your hair read Dr. Harris’ blog post on the psychology of balding at a young age.

Let’s break down the different aspects of the psychology of male hair loss. How many have you personally experienced?

Denial plays a role in almost every reaction and emotion that a man feels about his hair loss. Men want to deny everything—that they are losing their hair, that they find it upsetting, and that they cannot handle it emotionally. Denial lurks behind every corner and clouds even the most straightforward discussion. By far, recognizing and coping with denial, which is a lie to oneself, is the most important and yet the most difficult part of the process of understanding the psychology of baldness. How can you find the truth if you’re starting with a lie? Denial prevents an accurate assessment of the condition of baldness and its realistic treatment options; and this can lead to poor treatment choices. Why do you think that close to a billion dollars is spent on bogus baldness cures every year?

Many men complain to us that their hair loss has caused them to become a big joke among their friends. Many say that they first realized they were balding when their “best friend” announced it in the locker room, causing other men to stare and taunt. Since the balding man is already panicked and afraid, he is in a defensive position. He’s also in a bind. If he reacts to the teasing with anything other than mute acceptance, he will be perceived as less than a man, which is exactly how he may already feel due to his thinning hair. So, the best of his seemingly bad options is to take the teasing “like a man” without comment—and to start wearing hats.

Typically, bald men experience jealousy because they desperately covet what their non-bald brothers have. This may be conscious or unconscious. Terry Bradshaw, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ famed quarterback of the seventies, while acting as commentator for Super Bowl XXIII, called John Elway of the Denver Broncos spoiled, overpaid, and overrated as a quarterback. Elway calmly responded by saying that Bradshaw was just jealous because when Terry played, the salaries were so much lower.

Nine years passed, and in 1998, John Elway and the Broncos played in Super Bowl XXXII, and emerged as victors. Terry Bradshaw, again the commentator for the event, reluctantly admitted that he was jealous of Elway’s salary . . . and of Elway’s hair.

Feelings of Isolation
Even though most men who are balding share the same feelings, each man, ironically, tends to feel completely alone. Please remember that you are not alone. Over the years, we have spoken to thousands of men—every size, shape, and color—about hair loss. They all have the same fears, desires, and needs. Unfortunately, these men also felt constrained and isolated by social pressures dictating that they should not openly display any type of feelings, much less concern for their appearance. Men often feel that they must be stoic and strong because showing their feelings is considered weak. Unfortunately, their efforts to appear strong serve only to isolate them from one another. Conversely, women have no such emotional constraints. They can publicly express their feelings and maintain their beauty by whatever means necessary.

If you are tired of pretending that your hair loss does not affect you emotionally and psychologically, contact Dr. Harris to discuss your own personal reactions to hair loss, or to schedule a personalized consultation.


New Research and the Future

Hair restoration research and the future

What are current areas of research regarding hair loss and hair transplantation?

Many institutions worldwide are investigating the basic science behind the genetic and biochemical causes of hair loss. That is, they are working to find the genes and chemical messengers that cause hair to fall out. Eventually, the scientific knowledge will help us formulate better treatments. Unfortunately, these endeavors have not allowed us to develop a cure at this point in time.

Currently, research in hair transplantation involves the fine-tuning of present-day techniques. Studies involving methods of transplantation, survival of grafts, density outcomes and complication avoidance are currently in progress globally.

Training and Education

Why is Hair Sciences Center of Colorado so committed to research in this field?

Dr. Harris is committed to providing his patients with the very best medical and surgical solutions available in hair restoration. Dr. Harris actively participates at the forefront of research in the field, and has authored several medical publications. Recent and current involvements include:

  • Dr. Harris has recently developed and patented the Harris S.A.F.E. System and S.A.F.E. Hex. The S.A.F.E. System is a surgical instrument to perform FUE, a minimally invasive surgical hair replacement option that is the most commonly requested procedure.

  • Dr. Harris is also the Chairman of the ISHRS FUE Research Committee, charged with initiating and performing multi-center prospective clinical studies regarding FUE.

What are possible future treatments for hair loss, and can I count on a baldness cure?

A cure for baldness currently does not exist, but solutions are in the works. Medications to block the action of the biochemical causes of hair loss are always possible as our understanding of the process broadens. Gene therapy for hair loss may be a future option, but there are many technical reasons why this treatment may be a distant reality. Identifying the gene or genes that cause androgenetic alopecia is only one hurdle.

Of some promise is cell therapy or hair multiplication. That is the use of certain cells obtained from your follicles and planted in your scalp. The basic idea is that wherever these cells are implanted, a new follicle will grow. There is no theoretical limit to the number of hairs you may eventually have on your head. This technology may be 10-15 years away.

A study published in the journal Nature Communications in March 2016 identifies, for the very first time, a host of genes believed to be associated with many hair characteristics, including eyebrow and beard bushiness, hair color and shape, hair graying and hair loss. Read Dr. Harris’ blog post about this study.

Other new research that shows promise is hair cloning, which is making rapid advances towards a cure for genetic baldness. It involves removing approximately 50 – 100 hair follicles followed by microdissection and removal of certain cells which are then multiplied in a lab. The millions of newly created cells would then be implanted in balding areas of the scalp to create new, permanent hair. In theory an unlimited supply of hair could be produced and implanted from the original 50-100 follicles. Perhaps as early as 2027 this technology is expected to become a reality. Learn more about hair cloning and follicle banking

We invite you to ask Dr. Harris any questions you may have. He personally answers every one.

Hair Cloning and Follicle Banking

Hair Cloning & Follicle Banking

What is Hair Cloning?

Hair cloning is a new field of scientific research that is making rapid advances towards a cure for genetic baldness.Perhaps as early as 2027 this technology is expected to become a reality, although substantial work still needs to be done in order for hair cloning to become a viable option.

Hair clonong involves removing approximately 50 – 100 hair follicles followed by microdissection and removal of certain cells which are then multiplied in a lab. The millions of newly created cells would then be implanted in balding areas of the scalp to create new, permanent hair. In theory an unlimited supply of hair could be produced and implanted from the original 50-100 follicles. 

When it does, current methods of hair restoration, such as follicular unit extraction and transplantation, will be replaced with the injection of active cells that act like “seeds” and grow new follicles where transplanted. However, it is unclear how these new hairs will grow in terms of direction, and other characteristics such as color, length, curl, coarseness and shape that account for a natural look. Therefore traditional FUE surgery may be used to augment highly visible areas, such as the frontal hairline, to ensure a natural appearance.

The Cycle of Hair Growth

To understand hair cloning, you must first understand how hair grows and sheds. Hair naturally regenerates in a cyclical pattern that involves growth (anagen phase), transition (catagen phase), resting and shedding (telogen phase), and regeneration (return to anagen).

Stem cells at the base of the hair follicle known as dermal papilla control this regeneration process. The more stem cells, the more thick and full the hair. In the case of male and female pattern baldness, the number of dermal papilla cells is reduced during this cycle, and the subsequent hair is miniaturized (called vellus hairs). Eventually the dermal papilla cease to generate enough to cells to return the hair to the anagen phase. When this occurs there is no new hair to replace the old hair that has fallen out, and baldness results. 

Stages of Hair Growth

How Will Hair Cloning Work?

Hair cloning involves extracting a small number of follicular units from the head under local anesthetic, in a procedure lasting less than an hour. No visible signs of this procedure will be detectable to anyone. The follicular units are then shipped to the UK, cryopreserved and banked until needed. A fee is charged for the banking.

At a later date a few of these follicular units will be unfrozen and processed to isolate the specific cells involved in the production of the hair shaft. These cells will divide and multiply rapidly over a 3-week period. The cells would then be shipped back to the clinic and micro-injected into the balding areas of a patient’s scalp. They would then rejuvenate the thinning hairs, causing them to produce thicker terminal hair shafts and regain a more youthful appearance. 

What is Follicle Banking?

Follicle banking involves the cryopreservation of young, healthy, robust follicles for future use. This is needed because our hair cell quality decreases with age. To take full advantage of hair cloning as a future technology, the cryopreservation of one’s young, robust follicular units is recommended. The small number of follicular units are preserved by cooling them down to extremely low temperatures (between -80 °C and -196 °C). At these temperatures and chemical activity such as degeneration in the cells is halted. The cells can be stored for many years. When thawed correctly they regain their original functionality.

Dr. Harris will be offering follicular unit procedures in his office to harvest the healthy donor follicles. The follicles will then be sent to Britain, where the cryopreservation facility currently exists. HairClone™ is the biotechnology company behind the research, and Dr. Harris is a clinical partner in this groundbreaking effort. Early adopters of follicle banking will be prioritized when the cloning technology becomes a viable solution to cure baldness, and will in effect be “first in line” to take advantage of it.

Note that if you are in your early 20s or younger, follicle banking may not be in your interest, because chances are you will still have an abundance of robust follicular units in 10 years time. However, if you are in your late 30s or older this may be your best option.

Dr. Harris will publish new developments on this web page and keep you informed via his newsletter, Hair Matters. To receive the Hair Matters newsletter please contact the clinic. You may also visit for more information.







Researchers discover genes associated with human hair growth.

A study published in the journal Nature Communications in March 2016 identifies, for the very first time, a host of genes believed to be associated with many hair characteristics, including eyebrow and beard bushiness, hair color and shape, hair graying and hair loss. We asked Dr. Harris to weigh in on import of this study.

Question: Dr. Harris, is this a significant breakthrough in the quest to cure baldness?

Dr. Harris: This finding is the result of research efforts that are ongoing, but it should be viewed as a step in a very long process, not a quantum leap. Unfortunately this study concentrated on finding gene associations and not necessarily the gene characteristics that might lead to a cure for hair loss. Any “cure” is likely 10-15 years away at the soonest. Every bit of data about the genes that control hair growth and gene associations gives us a little more information in understanding a very complicated process and potentially one more piece to solve the puzzle and get us closer to better treatments. 

Question: Should people hold off on pursuing current surgical hair transplants and non-surgical medical treatment, because they might prove to be incompatible with this treatment option in the future?

Dr. Harris: People should not necessarily postpone pursuing current medical treatments that are proven to slow or reverse hair loss or any surgical intervention because it is highly likely that the new treatments will be compatible with previous transplants, and it is important to try to save as much of your current hair as possible.

Question: If this technology were to come into existence would you adopt those methods and offer them at your clinic? 

Dr. Harris: Absolutely. I treat hair loss using all known methods, and have been at the forefront of inventing and patenting techniques for hair restoration surgery myself. I find new research fascinating, and while I reject fads of any kind I embrace innovation.

Question: Do these findings point to a genetic cure for hair loss? If so, what would a genetic cure likely look like? Would it consist of injecting enzymes for example? 

Dr. Harris: It probably won’t be a “genetic” cure, which implies a modification of genes. It will likely be the injection of “growth factors,” stem cell simulators, or cultured cells from the dermal papilla along with growth factors to grow new follicles.  

See Dr. Harris’ inventions and patents in the field of FUE on his CV page.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it.  

Dr. James A. Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


Does chili oil promote hair growth?

The Claim:

We recently became aware of an article in the Huffington Post, entitled “Can Chili Oil Make Your Hair Grow?” In it, a beauty blogger is featured, discussing a “secret recipe” for hair growth that was handed down from her grandmother.

This recipe consists of virgin coconut oil mixed with a teaspoon of chili powder, then smeared on the scalp and left for 30 minutes. The idea is that the chili powders will stimulate blood flow resulting in newly sprouting follicles and a thicker head of hair that is both better in “quality and density”.

The Facts:

Chili oil joins a long list of folklore remedies for baldness that have been handed down over the centuries. Chili oil now resides in a ”grocery” bag of tricks alongside rosemary, lavender, garlic paste, onion juice, henna, hibiscus, eggs, fenugreek, saffron, licorice, curd, graham flour paste, and hundreds of other concoctions touted for sprouting hair.

These ingredients might make an interesting rib rub, and they won’t harm you, but don’t expect anything to happen to your hair. The fact remains that, when these substances are put to the test, there is no scientific evidence of efficacy for reversing or preventing hair loss.

Centuries of searching for a cure for baldness by lay people and the scientific community alike have resulted in some medical treatments that actually work. They are:

  • Minoxidil, sold under the product name Rogaine™
  • Finasteride, sold under the product name Propecia™
  • Laser Therapy
  • Platelet Rich Plasma with ACell
  • Some shampoos such as Nizoral®

For detailed information please see our webpage devoted to non-surgical treatments for hair restoration.

And please, check back. If we find an herb or oil that will cure baldness, you will be the first to know.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation.


Dr. James A. Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

HSC in the Media

HSC in the media

Television Appearances

HSC’s Dr. James Harris recently discussed FUE advances on the TV show, “The Doctors.”


Denver’s Channel 7 News reports on Dr. Harris performing the world’s first FUE transplant utilizing the ARTAS® robot.


Recent Awards

Dr. Harris is awarded the Golden Follicle Award, honoring one physician from around the globe for “outstanding and significant clinical contributions” to hair restoration surgery. Dr. Harris is known not only for his groundbreaking research, innovations and inventions in the field of hair restoration, but he is known for his generosity in sharing of his knowledge with other physicians the world over.

Videos Featuring Dr. James Harris:

“Is there a cure for baldness?”

“What causes male pattern baldness?”

The tool developed by Dr. James Harris is being used around the world, and was recently featured on Extra TV.


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