Dutch scientists have come up with a DNA test that can determine a person's natural hair color, using no more than a drop of blood or saliva. They say their method can predict hair color with up to 90 percent accuracy, helping forensic investigators identify an unknown person's characteristics.
Apparently these guys are unfamiliar with hair dye.
Surgical solutions for restoring lush locks have always involved a painful trade-off — transplanting hairs from the rear of your head to the top could leave you thin in the back. But Bessam Farjo, a hair-loss specialist at the British company Intercytex, has devised a less barbaric fix: cloning patients' hair cells. "The concept is to create a limitless supply of donor hair," Farjo says.
For science took a half-bald guy and restored some of his shagginess.
By Charles HirshbergPosted 06.14.2002 at 1:59 pm 1 Comment
Six months ago, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein performed upon me a "follicular unit transplant"-that is, he extracted a clump of 1,923 hair follicles from the back of my head and grafted them, one by one, to the front (we left a bald spot on top). He also used a high-tech anesthetic wand to forestall pain and swelling (Firsthand, Nov. '01). The successful result you can see for yourself. The bad news: At $8,000, it ain't cheap. For details, see www.foundhair.com.
By Charles HirshbergPosted 12.13.2001 at 6:33 pm 4 Comments
When I was a boy, my dad told me that three things are inevitable in our family: death, taxes, and male pattern baldness. Like most sons, I'm forever trying to prove him wrong. That's why, 30 years later, I decided to get a hair transplant.
But not any old hair transplant. Certainly not one like my buddy Brad's -- he wound up with unsightly clumps sprouting from his scalp. Nor one like friend John's, which led to days of suffering: "The anesthesia made my face swell up like Quasimodo," he says.