Study Shows This Scent Can Stimulate Hair Growth
By Liz Ritter, Executive Editor |
When it comes to fragrance, are you more of the citrus persuasion or fruity family? Go green or must-have musk? Amber all the way?
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Sounds random but, according to a new study published in Nature Communications, the note—in the form of a synthetic compound called Sandalore—can actually stimulate hair growth in humans.
How it works: The study found that hair follicle cells can actually "smell" the chemical (it was applied to scalp tissue), and, in turn the olfactory receptors can stimulate the scalp tissue, increase hair growth and decrease cell death.
“This is actually a rather amazing finding,” Professor Ralf Paus, a scientist at the University of Manchester who led the research, told The Independent. “This is the first time ever that it has been shown that the remodelling of a normal human mini-organ [a hair] can be regulated by a simple, cosmetically widely-used odorant.”