Baldness affects 1 in 5 men by the time they are 20 years old, doubling to 2 in 5 men by age 35. By the time they are 60, over 75% of men will experience hair loss. But what effect does this have on the male ego?
Visible hair loss
Writer Tom Fordy, told The Telegraph about his hair loss experiences, plus the “comb-overs, ill-fitting toupees and tell-tale transplants” that many men turn to in an attempt to disguise their hair loss. Tom always thought he would shave his head at the first signs of hair loss, but said that the onset of male pattern baldness left him feeling panicked.
Male hair loss is more likely to affect men if their family members (on either side) were also affected, and Tom explained more about the impact the first signs of balding had on him:
“Perhaps the shock comes down to something simple – the reality of ageing. No one likes to admit they’re getting older, let alone have the evidence gleaming back at them every time they look in the mirror.”
Effect of balding on self-esteem
But it seems many men, Tom included, are far more concerned with what other people will think than with the ageing process itself. Thinning hair and its impact on the appearance is an issue which can deeply affect a man’s self-confidence.
The image of the ‘ideal man’ today has changed – today’s men should be impeccably groomed and fashion-conscious; at least, that’s what the media would have us believe, even if many men don’t identify with it.
The majority of men wouldn’t claim to be vain, but Tom believes they do have the capacity to be just as vain as women, especially when hair loss is involved: “No matter how much us regular, down-to-earth men reject the latest trends, the primal desire to attract women is always present, whether it’s a desire we act upon or not. In our own way, we always want to remain appealing to the opposite sex. That’s the one thing most of us have at least a little vanity about.”
It’s easy to see why hair loss can affect the male ego – men wonder do women find baldness attractive, but as with anything, there are those who do, and those who don’t.
For those men struggling to embrace the idea of baldness, hair loss treatments are always an option.
If the cause of hair loss is genetic, there are two medications available that are proven to halt further hair loss and regrow hair – Propecia and Minoxidil – and these can be prescribed by a hair loss specialist at the correct strength for you.
Often, you will also be prescribed ancillary hair growth booster treatments such as a LaserComb and Hair Vitalics dietary supplements, to help maximise the effect of your personalised treatment programme.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.