» The outer root sheath also has
» collagen bundles in them and they get about 2.5 times as thick as normal,
» but the root sheath still is rather small and that might not be visible.
So it’s actually a layer of protein, specifically collagen, that causes this shiny layer. Given that, there must me some natural substance that can disolve the collagen. Alternatively, the swelling of the root sheath which is the source of the collagen could be shrunk with a natural anti-inflamatory. Tumeric is the most powerful natural anti-inflamatory. HairSite posted something about tumeric that showed it to be beneficial to hairloss on multiple fronts.
» Both of them together are kinda
» photoprotective (sebum has some photoprotective properties) and end up
» helping a bald guy against getting too much sun up there, so there may be
» an evolutionary reason for this.
There may be an “adaptation” reason for this but definitely not evolutionary. I just don’t believe evolution would bring about a disease like hairloss is. I’m a firm believer that most of our current diseases are a direct result of our diets, including cooking our food which only began about 10,000 years ago, and eating non-natural “foods.” I’d be willing to bet that before cooking food came about there was no such thing as baldness among humans. Just look at animals in the wild. Most of them die from anything other than disease.
» Kevin McElwee has went on record that he believes if hairs got the correct
» signals, they can secret enzymes that eat through the collagenous streamers
» and grow as normal. Transplanted hair grows just fine when moved up front
» and implanted in collagen-heavy skin, and it even has to grow through some
» scar tissue as a result of the transplantation process-----so its probably
» something “else” that keeps the hairs miniaturized, but the collagen
» certainly wouldn’t help.
This certainly gives us some hope.
» Regrowing lost hair, especially in the front, is exceedingly difficult.
I wonder why this is. Perhaps the structure of blood vessels that feed the scalp? Who knows?
Thanks for the information. Everything you said makes sense. It’s funny why websites I read come up with all kinds of different explanations for the shiny layer. Although, a build up of collagen could be considered scar tissue right?