Hair loss affects men and women around the world, and this was an important topic for Adjunct Assistant Professor Jamie Parker, Ph.D., who teaches Principles of Biology and Lab for Hostos’ Natural Sciences Department. He recently published a peer reviewed article titled “Clinical Study to Assess the Efficacy of a Novel Hair Loss Treatment,” in theMalaysian Journal of Medical and Biological Research

This study analyzed the efficacy of a hair formula named Lotus 39 by Valentino De Salva on hair loss.  His research suggests that Lotus 39 improves the health of the scalp and hair. Men and women between ages 42 and 72 applied Lotus 39 to their scalp every day for 8 weeks during the study. According to the data, Lotus 39 stops hair loss, causes an increase in vellus hair, and an increase total hair count. The paper states, “A hair follicle is capable of producing three different types of hair as follows: lanugo, vellus and terminal hairs. The Hair Count Vellus increased 11.7 units (p = 0.0087), and hair density vellus increased 13.0 units (p=0.0087). This data suggests new hair follicles were formed that were not previously there. Not only did the amount of vellus hairs increase, 90% of the subjects improved both their Relevant Hair Density and Hair Count. This is an indication that the amount of hair on the subjects’ scalp increased over time. The amount of hair is important for hair to appear healthier, what often gets overlooked is the thickness of each individual hair (Cohen, 2008).”

Possessed with an entrepreneurial spirit, his pride lies in serving the people of the community.  “Hair regrowth improves mood, self-esteem, and body image. Some cultures believe hair is an extension of the nervous system servicing as an antenna.  Hair helps individuals communicate with the universe,” stated Dr. Parker. “The formula I assisted in creating helps improve edges, alopecia, thinning, length, loss, beards and more. With hair being 90% of a selfie, to some extent, it is one's crown. I hope to expand this research here at Hostos Community College.”

He hopes to create spaces where people can get cranial massages after a long day of being an administrator, writer, student, or professor. Additionally, he help provide specific steps on how one can improve their hair and restore their hair back to its natural color.  

Dr. Parker, who was born and raised in the Bronx by a single mother, earned his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Biology/Chemistry, and a master’s in Biology at Lehman College. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has been a college professor for the last 10 years teaching in Lehman's Biology department for three years, Fordham for three years and the University of Akron for 4 years. Dr. Parker has conducted research for the last 16 years, in places like the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Columbia University, Fordham, Hunter and Lehman.  

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