Bollywood director Mani Ratnam’s long-awaited epic ‘Raavan’ will finally open in the UK on June 18 – showcasing a radical new look for its male lead Abhishek Bachchan. Superstar Bachchan, who stars alongside his wife and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai, has enjoyed both critical and commercial acclaim for his performances, as well as being named ‘Sexiest Man in Asia’ in 2006 by UK magazine Eastern Eye.
Bachchan is known for his long hairstyle and trademark hairband, so the short cut he sports in ‘Raavan’, a modern-day adaptation of the Ramayana, is a major departure for him. In fact, Bollywood gossip has it that he made a promise to cut his hair on the set of ‘Yuva’, an earlier film he made with Ratnam, who is renowned as the Spielberg of the Indian film industry. On the first day of the ‘Raavan’ shoot in Kerala, Ratnam collected on the promise and cut Bachchan’s hair himself!
Long, flowing locks are the preferred style for many Bollywood actors, so it’s not surprising that Asian men wish to emulate the trendsetters with a vigorous head of hair. Asian men tend to start losing their hair later in life than Caucasians; the flipside of this is that young Asian men who do experience male pattern balding may find it particularly damaging to their self-confidence.
At the Belgravia Centre, we see men from the age of 18 upward, who are concerned about early signs of hair loss. While male pattern baldness is to a large extent hereditary, lifestyle factors may play a part and we are able to give you sensible guidance regarding this. There has been speculation that baldness in Asian men is on the increase as their diet becomes more westernised and strays away from the traditional and healthier low-fat diet.
Asian scalps actually contain fewer hairs per square centimetre than Caucasians, but because each individual hair shaft is thicker, it appears fuller. Asian scalps also tend to shed fewer hairs per day. However, once hair begins to thin, it is important to take positive action; the earlier a treatment programme is begun, the sooner the process of hair loss stabilisation and hair regrowth can get underway.
Our hair loss treatment programmes are based around Propecia and Minoxidil, the only primary medications that are clinically proven to be both safe and effective. Sad to say, other commercially available products that make claims to reverse hair loss have insufficient evidence to support them and some may even be dangerous. At the Belgravia Centre we offer treatment programmes that include medically proven pharmaceutical products and various hair growth boosters, closely monitored by a dedicated trichologist who will tailor your programme and assess your progress to achieve the best possible results. Look at some of our hair loss success stories to see the kind of results we achieve for so many hair loss sufferers.
The good news for Asian men suffering from hair loss is that they may see a result more quickly than Afro-Caribbean or Caucasian men. Asian hair has the longest growth cycle and also grows the most quickly, so while it can typically take from three to twelve months to see a significant improvement, Asian men may notice results sooner.
You can contact us on 020 7730 6666 to arrange a free consultation with one of our hair specialists, who can advise you on the most effective treatment programme for your particular hair loss condition. Alternatively, send us a message with any enquiry you might have. If you are not able to visit the London clinic, you can complete the online diagnostic form and one of our treatment advisors will be happy to recommend a home-use treatment course that is right for you.