Has a cure for baldness FINALLY been found? Scientists discover experimental drug that promotes hair growth

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered by scientists (PA)

For years, millions of men have fought a losing battle against baldness – but it seems hope could finally be on the cards.

Scientists have discovered that the scourge of hair loss could be beaten by an experimental drug originally designed to treat brittle bone disease.

In lab experiments the osteoporosis drug had a dramatic effect on donated follicles, stimulating them to sprout growing hairs.

Here’s the science bit – at a molecular level the compound, known as WAY-316606, targeted a protein that acts as a potent brake on hair growth and plays a key role in baldness.

Men have tried numerous treatments to halt the onset of male pattern baldness (Rex)

The discovery, still to be tested in clinical trials, could open up a whole new approach to treating hair loss in both men and women, researchers believe.

Lead scientist Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, from the University of Manchester, said: ‘The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential: It could one day make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss.

‘Clearly though, a clinical trial is required next to tell us whether this drug or similar compounds are both effective and safe in hair loss patients.’


Currently only two drugs, minoxidil and finasteride, are available for the treatment of male pattern baldness – the classic type of receding hair-line hair loss in men.

Both have moderate side effects and often produce disappointing results.

Currently, the only other option open to patients losing their hair is transplantation surgery.