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WAY-316606, A New Possible Hair Loss Cure?

A new study led by researchers at the University of Manchester in England suggests that a compound called WAY-316606, originally developed for osteoporosis, produced faster growth rates of human hair follicles in just two days. This so-called wonder drug works by restricting a protein called SFRP1 that slows the growth of healthy hair follicles and prolongs the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle.  Learn more about the natural hair growth cycle.  As a result, it has been speculated that this miracle growth formula may become a "cure" or at least a treatment for female hair loss and male pattern baldness.

This potentially exciting research was conducted in a lab, with samples of hair follicles collected from men undergoing hair transplantation. The hair follicle samples revealed that WAY-316606 enhanced hair growth, suggesting the drug could potentially be used as an effective hair loss treatment. However, the long-term side effects of WAY-316606 are unknown and several clinical trials are required to ensure its efficacy and safety.

Additionally, researchers have yet to carry out any clinical trials on men/women with androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss. Therefore, it is uncertain whether this medication will be a viable option for men/women with genetic hair loss. Lead scientist Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw from the University of Manchester said, "The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential: it could one day make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss, that said, more research will need to be done before it can be used by people with hair loss”.

In conclusion, while WAY-316606 may increase the speed of healthy hair growth, no evidence yet exists suggesting that it can slow down, stop or reverse the effects of genetic hair loss. At this time there are two FDA approved medications that treat genetic hair loss, Propecia (Finasteride) and Rogaine (Minoxidil).  Both of these medications have been proven to prevent and sometimes even regrow thinning hair affected by Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However, the only way to grow hair in completely bald areas is Hair Transplantation.

Written and Published By,

Melvin, Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.