FSP (Follicle Stimulation Program) is the brainchild of John Cook, founder of Trichovedic, Certified Trichologist, hairdresser and product formulator. John noticed during his mid-fifties that his hair was thinning quite markedly and when wet his scalp was clearly visible. His wife had been cutting his hair for thirty years and he was fed up with her telling him that he didn’t have the head of hair he used to have.
FSP was about to be born. John was suffering a classic case of senescent hair loss, the general thinning of both hair diameter and density as we grow older. We have the maximum number of scalp hairs at birth, some 1,100 per square centimetre. This is down to around 800 by the age of one, reducing to 600 by fifteen and 500 from thirty onwards and then often thinning progressively. It is thought that as we age an increasing number of follicles cease to produce hair, resulting in a decrease in follicular density.
Another factor that can affect both hair diameter and its growth rate as we age is a fibrosis or hardening of the collagen structure of the follicle. This process can compromise blood flow to the follicle resulting in diminished and less vigorous hair growth. With decades of experience as a Trichologist and a lifelong fascination with the hair and scalp, John set about researching ingredients that could slow or reverse the hardening of the collagen structure of the follicle and invigorate the cell metabolism rate in the Dermal Papilla zone in the lower area of the follicle. Almost ten years on and with a daily application of FSP, John’s hair diameter and density is markedly improved and although not quite back to the head of hair he had in his twenties, it is vastly thicker than in his mid-fifties.