Stem Cells for Hair

The real source of healthy hair lies in your follicles.

And the only way to revive your hair is to start at the roots. Your hair follicles are alive and well. And they control how full and vibrant your hair is.

Which is why EVERYTHING up until now has failed. None of today’s Big Pharma remedies have worked because they completely miss the mark on hair. The truth is your hair is dead.

In fact, they’ve got it wrong since the beginning of history. Ancient Egyptians boiled porcupine hair in water and applied it to the scalp for four days. Hippocrates prescribed a concoction of opium, horseradish, beetroot, spices, and pigeon droppings. Julius Caesar rubbed ground-up mice teeth, horse teeth, and bear grease on his head.

But now there’s a real 21st century cure for hair loss. It’s called PRP stem cell therapy and I’ve been using it in my clinic for years to help my patients regrow hair naturally.

As you know, stem cells are your master cells. They are the basic building blocks of your entire body. They turn themselves into any other kind of human cell. That includes cells that build your heart muscle, blood, liver and nerves. They even turn into hair follicle cells. In fact, a small group of stem cells can reproduce many times to generate billions of hair cells.

Studies prove stem cell therapy with PRP is effective for baldness. In one study, 11 patients with male pattern baldness had no luck with hair loss drugs. In fact, if you pulled gently on their hair, an average of 10 hairs fell loose. Then they got PRP. Their hair loss really slowed down. Hair thickness increased by 31%. After just four sessions, nine of the 11 patients lost no hair at all on the pull test.1

PRP uses platelets and growth factors to heal every part of your body. I use it to help my patients heal from surgery, relieve back and joint pain, and revive old, tired skin.

Your biggest supply of stem cells is stored in your body’s own fat tissue. This stash of stem cells sits just below your skin in your abdomen, thigh or buttocks.

For hair regrowth, I harvest these stem cells from your fat. In a centrifuge, we separate the stem cells from the fat tissue. I take this rich supply of stem cells and use it in the PRP process.

I inject stem cells into the scalp with two to six PRP injections. Right away, the stem cells start waking up hair follicles. They start regenerating. Soon they are producing healthy, strong hair.

The whole session from harvesting stem cells to injecting the PRP takes just a few hours. You only need a local anesthetic where I take the stem cells. You have no downtime. There’s no risk of rejection because we use your own stem cells. And the effects are fast and lasting.

Three Herbs to Use Today for Lustrous Hair

  1. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens). Saw palmetto is rich in beta-sitosterol. It inhibits the formation of DHT, the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness.

    A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined people between the ages of 23 and 64 with hair loss. The people received either beta-sitosterol or a placebo. A whopping 60% of the people receiving beta-sitosterol had improved hair growth. They also lost less hair than the placebo group.2

    For hair growth, I recommend getting at least 300 mg of beta-sitosterol every day. That means you’ll probably want to supplement. Look for products made with saw palmetto.

  2. Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum). This common Indian spice can help build thicker hair in both men and women. The seeds and leaves of the fenugreek plant contain a form of niacin (vitamin B3) called nicotinic acid.

    Niacin is a vasodilator. It increases blood flow to the capillaries that feed your hair root. In one study of a serious balding condition called alopecia, women were given either niacin or a placebo. After six months, the niacin group had a significant increase in the fullness of their hair.3

    Add ground fenugreek seeds to your cooking and salads. It’s also available as a supplement. I recommend taking 500 mg a day.

    But for hair thickening, I prefer to apply it directly to the scalp. Mix fenugreek seed powder with coconut oil to form a paste. Apply the mixture to your scalp. Massage it in for 5-10 minutes. Rinse it out. Repeat this daily. In several weeks you should notice new hair growth.

  3. Black Cumin Seed Oil. Like saw palmetto, the oil from black cumin seed (nigella sativa) is rich in beta-sitosterol. In one study, a group of people were treated with black cumin seed oil for three months. Results showed 90% of the black seed group had increased hair thickness compared to only 7% in a placebo group.4

    Look for black cumin seeds at health food stores or online. But don’t get them confused with the common kitchen spice cumin. They come from totally different plant families.

    Use them like any other spice. You can also find oil pressed from black cumin seeds. Look for organic 100% pure black seed oil. You can rub it into your hair and scalp.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Al Sears, MD, CNS


1. Khatu SS, et al. “Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Myth or an Effective Tool.” J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2014;7(2):107-110.
2. Prager N, et al. “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of botanically derived inhibitors of 5-alpha-reductase in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.” J Altern Complement Med 2002; 8(2): 143-152.
3. Draelos ZD, et al. “A pilot study evaluating the efficacy of topically applied niacin derivatives for treatment of female pattern alopecia.” J Cosmet Dermatol. 2005;4(4):258-261.
4. Sudhir P, et al. “Nigella sativa seed, a novel beauty care ingredient: A review.” Int J Pham Sci Res. 2016;3:3185-3196.