Updated on January 14, 2018
HairCell: New Website
(Updated 1/5/18 with Tesla Brush Photos)
The electrifying startup, HairCell, has just launched its new website. HairCell is part of the Leonhardt Ventures portfolio, a venture creation lab that focuses on regenerative medtech and regenerative economy startups. The core technology of HairCell is a biolelectric stimulator device that controls expressions of specific proteins in sequence for regenerative purposes. In other words, it mimics the natural bioelectric signals that your body sends throughout itself to repair, and build, tissues and organs. The HairCell signals are sent out through an electrode equipped helmet.
Combining Approaches For Hair Growth
HairCell’s new website comes with some interesting new information. The company has developed three clinical trial protocols involving the HairCell stimulation technology.
- The first protocol includes using the HairCell stimulation technology in clinic and an electrostatic device for at-home use called the Tesla Brush.
- The second protocol involves the two previously mentioned treatments plus amniotic fluid and/or PRP delivered via the Dermapen microneedling device in clinic.
- The third protocol includes everything from the second protocol and adds HC-15 fifteen component stem cell + growth factors + exosomes + micro RNAs + selected alkaloids + nutrient hydrogel + hair scalp/ECM matrix mixed hair regeneration composition.
This is a highly intriguing therapeutic combination. The amniotic fluid itself contains mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors. These would act as a “fertilizer” to go along with the Dermapen microneedle which activates the skin’s wound-healing mechanisms. Previous research has shown that wounding plays an enigmatic, yet positive, role in hair follicle formation. This Dermapen/fluid combination is added to the base therapy of bioelectric stimulation which is intended to stimulate the release of native proteins in the body for organ and tissue generation. The HairCell protocols comprise a thoughtful array of therapeutic techniques to stimulate hair growth. It all really comes down to a specific point of emphasis: Will this bioelectric stimulation device cause hair follicles to sprout, or rejuvenate vellus hairs back to terminal hairs?
HairCell’s Origin In Human Trials
One question that is always important to ask when being presented with a new hair regeneration therapy: where did this treatment originate from?
i.e. Why is it here? The FAQ page on the HairCell website gives some background as to where the initiative to create HairCell came from. Here is a quote describing a clinical trial led by the Leonhardt team which opened their eyes to the potential of hair regeneration:
“In 2012, 2014 and again in 2015 the Leonhardt led team initiated clinical studies in Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany and Mexico for limb salvage and ulcer wound healing to stave off imminent amputation. In the Czech Republic study we were able to save 12 of 16 legs treated just one time with a stem cell composition. In the study in Switzerland and Germany we worked with a team in Denmark (Wetling) to apply non-invasive bioelectric stimulation to 47 patients with non-healing leg ulcers. The team achieved 95% healing of all ulcers in all patients at 8 weeks. In Mexico we were able to save 7 of 7 legs treated with just two bioelectric signals for only 2 hours 2X a week for 8 weeks. We observed in these leg studies that when the wounds healed and the blood flow improved, that their was also very healthy hair growth on the treated legs. This launched the start of HairCell in 2016.”
This would make HairCell the second hair-growth treatment we’ve heard of that was discovered during diabetic leg ulcer trials. 5 bonus points if you can name the first one.
Clinical Ready To Go
The good news is the HairCell team is currently initiating clinical trials in North and South America to answer all of our questions. At least one of these trials is scheduled to read out data around the end of 2nd quarter 2018. Even better news is the bioelectric stimulator device has a previous FDA 510(K) approval. This means if the HairCell therapy proves to be safe and effective in its clinical trials it could potentially enter the market shortly following the trials’ completion.
Update: Tesla Brush
In response to commenter “Michael” (thanks again) I reached out to Bernhard Rudert for more information and asked him to share photo results of the Tesla Brush. Bernhard is an electrical engineer and the inventor of the Tesla Brush. First, I will copy and paste Bernhard’s reply from the comments thread and following that I will share some before and after photos of the initial Tesla Brush model.
I fully understand your sentiment. When I was asked by a very successful wellness clinic to design a device for them I was hesitant because it did not look like a worthy project for a professional engineer. Soon I changed my mind when I saw the results from an experimental device. It was not an easy task to develop a device with the same characteristics while meeting mandatory regulatory requirements.
People loved the device. However, I still had a problem in that we engineers work with concrete facts. I had to learn to get used to the thinking of pharmaceutical companies where in many cases only a small percentage of patients can be helped with a given drug. However, the percentage was significant enough to make me go ahead with confidence. One thing that stood out was the fact the majority of users benefited from stopping or reducing hair loss and at least quite a good number got some hair back.
We still know very little about electrical stimulation regarding hair loss. I simply copied the stimuli of the experimental device realizing that there needs to be big investment to find an optimum. I use an electrical field to generate the pulses in comparison with devices which use direct electrical contact with the skin. The advantage is that the penetration into the skin is much more effective even in the presence of existing hair or dry skin.
There is still considerable research required as to why this device works. However, we see that with some users the skin takes on a faint pink color indicating that blood circulation is enhanced. Furthermore, after a while very tiny brown spots appear around dormant follicles indicating that excessive sebum is excreted from the follicle. Due to the electrical stimulation it can safely be assumed that on the cellular level more ATP is produced which makes more energy available for the process. I believe however, that the major benefit is derived from a neurological process which aims at restoring homeostasis.
Including the Teslabrush in the study is very sensible because it is very likely that it will enhance the other processes. I am very much in favor of a multi-pronged approach to hair loss. We don’t have a single pill that will solve the problem and from the immense pool of knowledge with the contributors this study could well lead to one of the most successful hair loss treatments available to date.
I have not put any photos on my website because they will be copied by those using scam methods. For this reason a summarized version of the original study has been presented. When trying to find a solution for hair loss your critical mind is a very useful tool.
I hope this answers some of your fully understandable skepticism.”
What I see here are some realistic, worthwhile results from a product intended to support hair growth. Obviously, ‘Ricky’ and ‘Cuong’ received advantageous results using the device. It seems to be an improvement from a hand-held LLT hair growth device. We could do ourselves a service by treating the Tesla Brush as it is, a product intended to support hair growth and prevent loss. There are no inflated claims being made by the Tesla Brush company. For clarity, this is not an affiliate endorsement, this added information came about simply as a response to a reader’s comment from 1/03/18.