At age 45, there’s nothing odd about television personality and radio DJ Chris Evans’ thinning hair. Nonetheless, the ginger haired presenter decided to do something about it, and has recently confirmed he has been using hair growth pills in an effort to combat his hair loss.
Evans has not disclosed exactly what type of pills he has been taking, but to take the presenter’s comments at face value it would seem that they work rather too well. The DJ revealed on his Radio 2 show that, not only has hair growth occurred on his scalp, but on other parts of his body too: “I’m taking these pills to help my hair grow but it’s not only the hair on my head that’s growing,” he told his listeners, adding that there was “lots of trimming to be done”.
Evans went onto comment that he feared he was becoming legendary Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis, who was affectionately known as ‘the Hairy Cornflake’ due to his luxurious face and body hair.
According to the Daily Star, meanwhile, friends of Evans have commented: “Chris has discovered he’s got hair growing wildly in his ears, nose, eyebrows and other places.”
Evans has yet to disclose what kind of pills he has been taking. The ‘gold standard’ treatment for Male Pattern Baldness is Propecia, which is licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) in the UK, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in America. However, the side effects described by the presenter are unlikely to be caused by taking Propecia because this treatment, while effective at growing hair on the scalp, tends to have the opposite effect on other parts of the body.
Belgravia’s Senior hair specialist, Leonora Doclis, explains: “Chris Evans seems to be describing an anomaly. The pill he is probably taking is the proven medication Propecia. This is the only pill that will effectively help genetic hair loss – if he is taking another pill, then there isn’t much chance it will work because all other options for hair loss in tablet form, which are usually supplements, are generally ineffective.
“Even though Propecia helps to reduce hair loss and regrow hair on the scalp, the product actually does the opposite for the rest of the body. However, if Mr. Evans is also taking Minoxidil, this could be an explanation for the hair growth he is experiencing on other parts of his body. Unlike Propecia, Minoxidil does not block Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) but works in a different way.”
It is very likely, however, that Mr. Evans’s age is the reason for the hair growth he is experiencing on other parts of his body, and that the hair loss treatment he’s using for his scalp actually has nothing to do with it.
The presenter had previously commented that he would “make a very bad bald man,” explaining: “I don’t have the right shaped head for it or the right chin, or the right skin colour.”
A case of Male Pattern Baldness
Like many men his age, Chris Evans is most likely suffering from Male Pattern Baldness. This genetic hair loss condition can be inherited from either the maternal or paternal side of the family, and can affect men as early as their late-teens. The exact effects of Male Pattern Baldness can vary, ranging from total baldness to a receding hairline, thinning hair and bald spots on the crown.
In Evans’ case the hair loss condition has caused his hairline to recede, in addition to diffuse thinning over the scalp. In addition to suffering from Male Pattern Baldness, also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, he has also revealed that he dyes his hair to restore it from white to his trademark shade of ginger.
Male Pattern Baldness is triggered when a naturally occurring enzyme in the body converts the male hormone testosterone into its derivative, DHT, which causes hair production to slow and hair follicles to shrink and eventually cease to function.
How The Belgravia Centre can help
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