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Gee Your Hair Smells Like Placenta

05/13/2015 01:20 pm ET | Updated May 13, 2016

It was hard to choose what to write about; learning to play a new sport later in life, or using placenta to aid in hair growth. What to do, what to do.

Animal placenta for hair growth? Okay.

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You can buy placenta hair treatments in drugstores and beauty supply stores. Supposedly they're a great source of "bioactive (whatever that means) components including growth factors and hormones, according to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Meena Singh."

Dr. Singh explains, "Specifically, the growth factors in animal placental extracts have been shown to increase hair follicle growth and decrease hair shedding. The positive effects on hair growth are most likely due to increased blood vessel formation and subsequent blood flow to the hair follicles."

How, you ask, does this treatment work? "Because hair is made up of proteins, the idea is that the use of a protein reconstructioner, (made up word) like placenta, will return protein to the hair and repair the hair follicles," says Dr. Robert Dorin, a New York City-based hair specialist and restoration expert.

Don't think that you can just slap on some pig placenta, and wham, bam, gee my hair looks terrific. This isn't an instant gratification process. You must have the discipline for once or twice daily applications for at least six months, and even then, there's no guarantee. That's a lot of pork.

Here's my favorite part. Because the placenta contains hormones, like a lot, Dr. Singh cautions that some of the placenta products may cause premature sexual development in children as young as 14 months old. Therefore, she doesn't recommend 14 month olds to use these products. I'm totally paraphrasing but that is, in essence, what she said.

Not to split hairs or anything, but what 14 month old is worried about their hair growth. What am I missing here? Do 14 month olds even have hair? I wouldn't know, I don't have kids.

But those ladies that are pregnant, should totally keep the placenta; it's no longer just for stem cells anymore.