After Boris Johnson’s balding head made an appearance on BBC current affairs show Question Time recently, there was speculation that losing his hair might have a negative impact on Johnson’s political career. However, the Telegraph newspaper has decided that a bald Boris may well be a good thing, though some of their reasoning doesn’t quite ring true.
The first point the paper makes is that women prefer bald men. There has indeed been a study to this effect, although it also discovered that men with thinning hair did not rate anywhere near as “masculine” than their totally bald counterparts, so Boris would need to completely shave his head to take advantage of this discovery.
A Balding Boris?
The article also claims that bald men have more testosterone, though this isn’t necessarily true. We go bald due to an inherited predisposition to DHT sensitivity, DHT being the androgen hormone that causes hair loss atop the scalp. The actual levels of testosterone (which coverts to DHT when joined with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase) vary in each man who is experiencing the onset of baldness, so comparatively high levels of testosterone don’t necessarily mean more prominent hair loss, and vice versa.
The article then goes on to highlight famous thinkers who have all gone bald, from Plato to Shakespeare. Sadly, though, male pattern hair loss affects those on all sides of the intelligence spectrum. Many men will begin to experience pattern hair loss in their 20s and 30s, though this becomes more noticeable as we age on account of the hair loss progressing unless a treatment plan is sought. Statistics show that 65% of men will show noticeable hair loss by the age of 60, so it’s no surprise that a certain amount of famous men were bald!
The article goes on to make several other hard to prove claims, but it does hit the nail on the head when it addresses the issue of the hair loss ‘cure’. As it stands, androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) has no cure, and there does not seem to be any in the pipeline. However, you can treat your hair loss to halt or slow its progression, and hair can be regrown providing the area you wish to treat is not completely bald and shiny.
Not What It Seems
In order to be effective, a hair loss treatment plan would need to contain at least one of the two proven hair loss medications. Propecia has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for hair loss, and works by blocking DHT. It has produced brilliant results for all-over thinning of the scalp.
Propecia is highly complementary to the second proven hair loss medication, minoxidil. This topical liquid or extra-strength minoxidil cream stimulates regrowth, and can be very effective when used to treat a receding hairline. A hair loss specialist can recommend the ideal daily dose for your specific case, and a number of added ingredients that appear to block DHT when applied locally can further help protect against DHT damage.
So, going bald might not be the logical step for Boris, and a hair loss treatment plan is his best means of preventing baldness before it becomes too pronounced to treat medically. The above medications combined with regular check-ups to chart progress with before and during treatment photographs and a variety of treatment boosters can protect against further thinning, meaning Boris will be bouffant for years to come.
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