The odds have always been staked against Prince William – the genetic history of hair loss in the Windsor family is as solid as their love for polo and the army. But the 26-year-old heir’s position as one of Europe’s crown heads is creeping up in more ways than one.
The anxiety male pattern baldness causes is bad enough for the average man but when you’re in your 20s and next in line for the throne, each time you lose a bit more you can expect more gossip to be circulating in the papers.
Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition that can be inherited from either side of the family. It can also skip generations but studies show that men with a history of the condition on both sides of the family are more likely to inherit it themselves. Earl Spencer, the father of William’s mother Princess Diana, was always thin on top and William’s father Prince Charles was reportedly very upset when the press picked up on his bald spot in 1977.
The gradually thinning hair of Prince William has allegedly caused him a lot of anxiety but it doesn’t seem to be improving despite his supposed marked efforts. Male pattern baldness is a harmless condition in the sense that it has no other physical effect on the body, but the fact it causes such distress and anxiety to many men means that it can need treatment.
In 2003 there was speculation the Prince visited a homeopath in a bid to stop his hair receding and was considering other alternative therapies such as acupuncture. It is safe to say that these hair loss remedies provided little relief but it has been claimed that the Prince has more recently enquired about proven hair loss treatment medication.
In 2008, William was allegedly looking into Propecia to treat his deteriorating condition. He’d be the perfect candidate for the treatment which is the most successful treatment for male pattern hair loss. The one-a-day tablet inhibits the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the cause of male pattern baldness.
Propecia has been associated with a lowered libido and erectile problems in less than 2% of users but it is unlikely that this has put the Prince off using the best treatment in hair loss when the benefits far outweigh the slight possibility of side effects that resolve once use of the medication stops.
He was recently seen sporting more hair than usual but in the wrong place – perhaps William’s beard was an attempt to detract from the loss of hair on his head. Although, is it just me or are Wills’ locks looking a bit more luscious than usual? Perhaps he is taking Propecia, or perhaps one of the other proven treatments, or maybe even a combination such as those offered by The Belgravia Centre.
Senior trichologist Leonora Doclis isn’t so sure.
“The angle of the photo of him getting out of the car is not flattering,” she said. “But his hair is deffinately worse than it was even a few years ago when he was at university.”
Propecia has high success rates especially when combined with other proven hair loss treatments so it’s hard to say for sure if Wills is using the treatment or not.
Specially prescribed combinations of the proven hair loss treatments will ensure hair loss stabilisation and hair regrowth in the great majority of cases. If you would like to enquire about these treatments you can contact the Belgravia Centre for information or a free hair loss consultation, or complete an online diagnostic form for Belgravia’s world-wide mail-order hair loss service.