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Styling without shedding: Novel topical formula reduces hair shedding by contracting the arrector pili muscle

John McCoy, Andy Goren, Maja Kovacevic, Mirna Situm, Andrija Stanimirovic, Jerry Shapiro, Rodney Sinclair



Approximately 40% of women experience excessive hair shedding during styling (e.g., hair brushing). Previously, we demonstrated that topically applied phenylephrine, a potent α1 adrenergic receptor agonist, can be used to contract the arrector pili muscle of the follicular unit; thus, increasing the force required to pluck hair and reducing shedding during brushing. While demonstrating efficacy, phenylephrine has several drawbacks when applied to the scalp, including the possibility cardiovascular events. We hypothesized that a high concentration of a weak α1 agonist would allow for: (a) rapid penetration through the stratum corneum eliciting a quick response; (b) a low probability of cardia..

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