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Charting The Hair Loss Journey of Mad Men’s Pete Campbell

The male characters of hit TV series Mad Men are known to take pride in their slick appearance, but not everyone can be a Don Draper.

Played by Vincent Kartheiser, Pete Campbell showed clear signs of hair loss, which progressed throughout the show’s seven seasons and has been charted in a new video.

Character evolution

Pete’s receding hairline was brought to life when the actor, who showed great dedication to the role, gradually shaved his own hair to reflect the character’s deteriorating hairline.

The often bitter and frustrated Mad Men character dealt with a number of emotionally challenging storylines during the show. The media even put Pete Campbell on ‘suicide watch’ after he struggled to cope with money and relationship issues.

The arising anxiety may have contributed to, or even triggered, Campbell’s hair loss, as chronicled in the video which you can watch below. Story continues after video.

Effect of stress on male pattern baldness

Whilst the pattern of Pete’s hair loss appears to suggest the hereditary condition Male Pattern Baldness, personal and work-related stress can also play a part.

The impact of challenging events such as divorce, relationship problems, or the death of a family member can trigger a substantial rise in the stress hormone cortisolThis hormone, which forms part of the adrenal gland, is tasked with the metabolic functions, cell regeneration and the fight-or-flight responses.

In turn, this can prematurely spark hair to enter the resting phase of the hair growth cycle, causing Telogen Effluvium (TE). Hair loss from this condition alone is temporary, lasting up to six months. However, TE can also exacerbate or trigger Male Pattern Hair Loss, in those with a genetic predisposition.

It is also possible to have both of these hair loss conditions at the same time.

Getting help


This Belgravia Client is Seeing Improvements to His Receding Hairline Following Treatment – Click the Image to View his Full Success Story

Shedding more hair than normal during stressful times may indicate a hair loss issue, but it is not a reason to panic.

Firstly, the underlying cause of the shedding – in this case, stress – needs to be eliminated. Once that has been dealt with, or is in hand, hair loss treatment is more likely to prove effective.

hair loss specialist will be able to provide a diagnosis of your condition and expert advice about how to deal with it.

Treatment for Telogen Effluvium includes a course of high strength minoxidil, which works by stimulating hair growth when applied to the affected area.  

Minoxidil is one of two treatments licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for reversing Male Pattern Baldness, and is a particularly efficient way to treat a receding hairline like Pete’s. The other is Finasteride 1mga daily tablet which inhibits DHT and restricts the follicles’ ability to produce hair.

Using a comprehensive, combined treatment course for male hair loss featuring both of these components can provide significant results, as seen in many of Belgravia’s ‘before and during’ treatment client photoscans. In addition to the example here, pictured right, you can find hundreds of these in our Hair Loss Success Stories

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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.

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