Hair-Raising Science

Hair-Raising Science

Need a lush mustache? Cosmetic surgeons in Turkey now offer mustache transplants so you can channel your inner Tom Selleck. Performed under local anesthetic, the surgery takes five hours and costs up to $5,000. A leading surgeon from Istanbul’s Beverly Hills says, “The mustache is making a comeback. If a man’s mustache doesn’t grow, he wants to know he can have one as a mark of masculinity”. For the full story ▶

For the Follicly Challenged: Serendipitous science has stumbled on some solutions. For example, the hair loss drug Minoxidil was being used to treat high blood pressure  when it was discovered that patients were growing unusual amounts of hair. Similarly, UCLA researchers experimenting with stress-induced bald mice injected them with the compound Astressin B (a blocker of corticotropin releasing factor receptors) only to discover that the mice grew luxurious coats of hair. Read the paper ▶ We don’t yet know if we can go from stresses to tresses in humans, although trials are on the way. Hair follicles also contain stem cells and these could hold the key to our hirsute pursuit. Did you know that castration prevents baldness? ▶ It is true that baldness is dependent on testosterone and it has been argued that bald men are more virile. Sean Connery would testify to that 😉

#ScienceEveryday H/T to Jeff Brown for the mustache story 🙂

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51 Responses to Hair-Raising Science

  1. Panah Rad says:

    Very interesting … hm…

  2. Whew!  Now I can spend that $5,000 on something more useful, like my Medicare deductibles…


  3. Rajini Rao says:

    Haha, love the ‘stache in the emoticon!

     I had never noticed it before.

  4. Rich Fisher says:

    never been an issue for me

  5. Rajini Rao says:

    Great ‘staches, William McGarvey and Rich Fisher 🙂

    You too, al pistacchio ?

  6. Jan Moren says:

    People can spend the same or more for hair implants, nose job, breast augmentation, liposuction, you name it. Or, for that matter, designer clothing or accessories. The way you look, the way you’re perceived by others, is critically important to most people; why not spend on this if that’s something you find important. At least it will last longer than a designer suit or the latest in handbag fashion.

  7. Rajini Rao says:

    Yes, it all comes down to personal choices, Jan Moren .

  8. just hinted… not so good as William McGarvey and Rich Fisher’s mustache ;o)

  9. Yessiree, al pistacchio — let it go wildly for forty or more years, and you, too, can look like Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo, a television idol for children): .  (That was a sobering insight for me when I glanced in the mirror one day.)

  10. Rajini Rao says:

    My husband tried several times to sprout a ‘stache. He ended  up sporting a despondent caterpillar on his upper lip. He couldn’t stand my cheering it on, so he got rid of it 😉

  11. lol, I have never seen Jeffreys upper lip!

  12. Jan Moren says:

    Rajini Rao Maybe if you tried feeding it lettuce? 🙂

  13. Rajini Rao and William McGarvey growing mustache is an art… not for everybody 😦  :D))

  14. Oh, my Mother had the talent for one, all right… < snort >

  15. Bob Calder says:

    When I was little, I was sure my Mom was Syrian.

  16. Rajini Rao says:

    Once again, it’s all in the jeans genes 🙂

  17. Y , oh Y do I ask?  Genes, you say?  I already have my Y

  18. Rajini Rao says:

    Y you ex your X, gentlemen? I see your X and double it!

  19. I never thought of you as a “double-crosser”, R² …

  20. Bob Calder says:

    Speaking of genetic heritage, I have the Calder family eyebrows that are capable being used for unassisted flight. My wife makes sure the barber trims them. Luckily I married her prior to “the sprouting of the eyebrows”.

  21. Rajini Rao says:

    A friend who works on stem cells mentioned something about the anagen (growing) phase of hair being genetically defined. That’s why some people have longer hair, whether on eyebrows or elsewhere.

  22. Rajini Rao says:

    Maybe it’s male manopause 😀

  23. Bob Calder says:

    I dunno. My grandfather didn’t get married and start a family until he was around 60 – my age.

  24. I took a leaf from our 16th president’s book (as recently portrayed by Daniel Day Lewis) and went for a negative ‘stache  🙂

    Say, Rajini Rao a question… you wrote: “It is true that baldness is dependent on testosterone and it has been argued that bald men are more virile. Sean Connery would testify to that ;)”  Hmm… and how, may I ask, do you know that he would?   😉

  25. Rajini Rao says:

    I see, John Christopher , you have the goatee down to a tee 🙂

    You caught me playing loose with words again. As long as you’re teasing, not testing me I won’t get testy about testifying on testosterone.

  26. So – to stop my hair loss all I have to do is to lose my manhood –

    Hmmm – Nah.

  27.  @ Rajini:  tsk tsk  🙂

  28. Rajini Rao says:

    Good call, David Andrews 🙂

  29. Speaking of Testosterone…

    (The “Offspring” comment brought back memories 🙂

  30. Bob Calder says:

    My sister-in-law is vacationing in Germany and just posted a comment saying she saw a moustache that was two feet across. With a man attached.

  31. it’s Sean Connery not Tom Sellick.

  32. Tom Lee says:

    Also saw this funny article on WSJ yesterday! 🙂

  33. Rajastani rajput men sport weirdly long and luscious  mustache, i wonder what they do to keep it growing

  34. Ahahaha …. lucky me that can spend the $5,000 on some thing else instead … ^^

    Enjoy your week the best Rajini Rao … =D

  35. Henk Poley says:

    You forgot the cover the grey hair cure:


    As I understand it, it’s a pseudocatalase they researched the past two decades, but adapted to it’s easier to apply and target a specific area (it’s UV activated). See for example, from 1995:

  36. John Kellden says:

    Word of the day: “manopause” – Pause for thought. 🙂

  37. ဘယ္သူႀကီးလဲသိဘူး

  38. Alan Kotok says:

    Been there, done that. But thanks anyway.

  39. Allen Konath says:

    U can help me how to plat hair bcs of i loss lot of my hair

  40. Henk Poley says:

    A demonstration of the reason more money is spent on hair therapy research than malaria research 😉

  41. Rajini Rao says:

    Henk Poley , you know how fleeting funds are: hair today, gone tomorrow 🙂

  42. That’s a pretty bald assertion, Rajini Rao.

  43. Rajini Rao says:

    I’m afraid sequestration has cut off more than dead ends 😦

  44. I could argue with you, but let’s not split hairs.

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