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By Kiera Aaron for

PreventionThe only thing worse than watching more and more of your beautiful strands swirl down the shower drain is the lack of sufficient solutions: wigs look fake, thickening products make little difference, and hair transplants can be costly and disappointing. But now, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center may have found a solution—and it’s game-changing.

First you need to know a little something about dermal papillae cells: stem cells found in the base of hair follicles that tell the skin to make a new hair follicle. Researchers have had their eye on these cells for some time, but it’s been difficult to successfully use them in the lab. Until now.

Keep reading to see the hair-growth solution scientists have discovered…

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