Someone recently commented to me how most of the homeless people they encounter (particularly men) seem to have full heads of hair. As in, really full heads of hair. As in, could there really be a correlation? I’ve been conducting an informal observational survey, and I have to admit there seems to be something there. But what?
I did a bit of research and was reminded that most things associated with being homeless are not very good for your
hair (or your health): poor hygiene, poor diet, drug use, alcohol use, vitamin deficiencies and the overall stress of living on the street.
So why aren’t there more bald homeless men?
I did a bit more research and came up with two possible reasons I had never considered.
What if poor overall hygiene was not necessarily bad for your hair? In fact, numerous sources firmly establish that washing your hair too often can be very detrimental to hair health. Not a big problem if you’re homeless.
The second observation is that in alcohol abusers, testosterone levels drop and estrogen levels elevate. This is why some physicians specializing in hair replacement inject steroids or testosterone-blocking hormones directly into the scalp to stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth.
Newer options include PRP (platelet rich plasma) and, possibly the Holy Grail: stem cells. Although not fully cleared by the FDA for the most aggressive extraction techniques, more conservative techniques of gathering stem cells such as Nano Stem Serum derived from fat might indeed have great promise.
In the meantime, maybe we shouldn’t wash our hair so often, guys! Articles say that 2-3 times per week is plenty. Shampooing strips away natural oils, the scalp goes into overtime to produce more oil, and the cycle worsens. Perhaps this cycle is associated with accelerated hair loss. Who knew?
I will keep you posted on this, including the possible uses of Nano Stem Serum to prevent hair loss!