Researchers at Columbia University have developed a hair restoration method that can create new human hair, rather than simply grafting hair from one part of the head to another. The approach could vastly expand opportunities for hair transplantation in both man and women. The method was described in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
New hair follicle regeneration has been observed in several lower organisms, including rodents; demonstrating these regenerative properties in human cells and tissues has been challenging. In the study, researchers showed that by manipulating cell culture conditions to establish three-dimensional papilla spheroids, they were able to more successfully grow new hair that could readily graft to the human head.