Just about every guy whose hair isn’t as thick (or as present) as it was a decade or two ago has thought about hair transplants. We watch those late-night infomercials on the Bosley Method or Hair Club for Men and think about making the call.

The traditional source of transplanted hair is the back of the head, where the hair is thickest. But a new study published in the Archives of Dermatology has found that leg hair (or even hair from the chest, back, or beard) might be a better option. For some reason, the study didn’t look at transplanting pubic hair.

Dr. Sanusi Umar, who did the study, that the usually methods for hair transplant have a few problems. “First, the traditional transplant takes hair from the middle of the back of the head, and that hair happens to be the thickest hair on the head,” he says. “If you take it from there and put it in the hairline, despite your best efforts, it will end up slightly harsh[-looking] and unnatural in the hairline. And that’s not all: “The other issue is that people bald or thin to varying degrees… You can have mild baldness or it can be very severe.” Translation: if you’re already completely bald, trying to get hair from the back of your head to the top is a waste of time.

My question is, Will transplanted leg or back or chest hair grow very long? Never seems to get more than an inch or so on me. And in case you’re wondering, hair transplants aren’t cheap. At $7-10 per hair follicle (which has from 1-4 hairs), you’re looking at some serious money to bring your inner hairy guy back to life.

Click here for the complete article on Dr. Umar’s study.

Click here for some basic info on hair transplants.