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Famously Bald Britons

ElizabethIAccording to recent research, more men in the UK are worried about hair loss than men from any other European country – but they are also least likely to do anything about it. When we uncovered these surprising survey results a couple of weeks ago, we guessed that many of the men who said they’d be prepared to undergo hair transplants (93%, if money was no object!) may not have heard about how many effective and more affordable treatment options there are, already available at The Belgravia Centre.

Historical hair loss

Although not being aware of your options can leave you losing more hair than you need to, it’s a sad fact that for much of history, people did not even have those options at all. Until the development of scientifically-proven remedies like Minoxidil and Propecia, there was no way of combating hair loss that actually worked – instead, there were lots of ineffective treatments, from honey to chicken dung! It is therefore unsurprising that many of Britain’s most famous people from history suffered from hair loss.

  • Voted the greatest Britain of all time by the BBC in 2002, Winston Churchill was a great war leader and a tremendous orator. Although best known for his cigar, his hat, and the V for Victory sign, Winston Churchill also had a noticeably bald head.
  • Another less famous but nonetheless important British Prime Minister who lost his hair was the Labour leader Clement Attlee. Serving from 1945 to 1951, Attlee inaugurated the NHS, oversaw the dismantling of the Empire, and nationalised several bankrupt industries that, after the Second World War, would otherwise have gone bust.
  • Charles Darwin is another famously bald Briton. Also notable for a rather impressive beard, the combination of a bald head and thick facial hair indicates a now widely-known fact about hair loss – that it is often linked to high levels of the androgen hormone testosterone.
  • A more surprising figure from history who suffered from hair loss is Queen Elizabeth I. She contracted smallpox in 1562; an infection that scarred her skin so much that she lost half of her hair and was forced to rely on wigs and cosmetics to mask the impact. Despite this, she successfully defended Britain from the Spanish Armada, and oversaw a great flourishing of the arts during her reign.
  • Thomas Becket, the famous Medieval Archbishop of Canterbury, would also have a bald patch – but intentionally so. As a member of the clergy, he would have had to maintain a bald patch on his crown as a sign of his status. Unfortunately for Thomas, his head is also famous for other reasons – he was beheaded by renegade knights in 1170.

The present situation

Although all these people lost their hair for a variety of reasons, those of us living in the modern day have two options when it comes to hair loss; go bald gracefully, as many men in the UK and other countries are more than happy to do, or find an effective hair loss treatment programme if you would prefer to keep your hair for the foreseeable future. The Belgravia Centre’s bespoke treatment plans are designed with you in mind, and integrate scientifically proven medicines with other hair growth boosters to ensure you achieve the best results. If you’re interested in finding out more, why not contact us online or call 0800 077 6666 for a free, no obligation consultation at our London clinic?

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