U.S. researchers made an unexpected discovery that seems to restore and prevent hair loss. The experimental study injected a compound called astressin-B into mice to block a hormone called corticotrophin-releasing factor or CRF. CRF is a stress-related hormone that’s linked to depigmentation (graying) and hair loss.
Of the mice treated with astressin-B, almost 100 percent grew all their hair back after it had fallen out under induced chronic stress. In another test, astressin-B kept the mice from going bald when injected at a younger age. Astressin-B also triggered pigmentation in the skin and hair of the mice, so it’s possible there’s a potential to affect gray hair as well.
UCLA and the Salk institute have applied for a patent on the use of astressin-B for hair growth, so there may be hope for a cure for stress-related baldness in the future.