Picture of an old man's scalp burn and a picture of his hair regrowth after six weeks

Old Man Reverses Hair Loss Via A Scalp Burn In A Coal Fire!?

This story is something I stumbled across by accident.

It's really interesting as it backs up the theory of wounding, and also implies the importance of Prostaglandins and the recruitment of growth factors via a stimulus.

In this story, a 78-year-old man with common male pattern baldness was dozing off in his armchair when he fell head first into a coal fire.

He sustained full thickness burns to the left parietotemporal region, the bridge of the nose, and the left infraorbital area.

He refused hospital admission and early surgery and was consequently managed as an outpatient.

Two weeks later, he commented that his bald patch had started growing hair again.

Over the next four months, this hair continued to grow.

The article notes that although this case is interesting, it is difficult to see how this type of stimulation could be applied therapeutically.

Before And After Pictures Of The Old Man After The Scalp Burn

Two Weeks After The Accident

This looks pretty nasty.

His scalp is burned to hell.

Of interest, new hair growth has started in a previously severely miniaturized area of his scalp.

two weeks after old man's scalp burn hair has started to growth

Six Weeks After The Accident

Six weeks after the accident; hair is now thicker.

burns to the left parietotemporal region

Four Months After The Accident

Four months after the accident; thick hair growth is now visible.

picture of old man six weeks after scalp burn with thicker hair

This man had severe miniaturization with a large nearly completely bald spot, and regrew his hair there accidentally via burning the sh*t out of it.

I'm not condoning going out and burning your head obviously, but its very insightful to how the body responds to skin damage, and the recruitment of localized healing and growth factors.

There are actually guys out there who intentionally sunburn their scalps to elicit a similar response and drive growth factors to their balding zones.

There is evidence to support that it works too in the clinical data:

UVB light upregulates prostaglandin synthases and prostaglandin receptors in mouse keratinocytes study excerpt
UVB light upregulates prostaglandin synthases and prostaglandin receptors in mouse keratinocytes – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2633299/
Wound Healing and Skin Regeneration study excerpt
Wound Healing and Skin Regeneration – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4292081/

Damaging the scalp seems to recruit a significant amount of growth factors that would otherwise not be present, which can lead to some degree of hair regrowth.

A more practical application of this practice is seen through wounding (microneedling).

Dermaroller And Microneedling

Dermarolling is the most common form of microneedling, which involves using a mini-wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the skin or scalp.

Most would wonder logically wonder how stabbing your head several thousand hundred times could help.

dermaroller on scalp

The reality is that microneedling recruits these same growth factors and can promote healthy hair growth in areas that would otherwise be worse off.

Maybe not to the extent that literally burning your head would have, but the calculated channels created in the scalp via microneedling have been clinically proven to aid in hair loss prevention.

If you're going to microneedle, I highly advise you use a dermapen instead of a dermaroller, as a good dermapen will create straight channels into the scalp, whereas rollers create micro tears in the scalp.

tears in scalp from dermarolling vs channels in scalp via dermapen

It's fascinating to see accidental interventions like the story I mentioned resulting in dramatic outcomes via recruiting these growth factors in completely miniaturized areas.

Does this mean you should go burn your head? No, of course not.

There are things you can explore though that recruit these same growth factors, like a high quality Dermapen.

Even just looking at this guy's story, regardless of how extreme it is, provides some valuable information that can be extrapolated to shed light on certain growth pathways that are otherwise overlooked.

2 thoughts on “Old Man Reverses Hair Loss Via A Scalp Burn In A Coal Fire!?”

  1. Hey Derek,

    Great article as usual. Can you recommend any specific dermapen or routine that you use yourself?

    Thanks

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