A new survey has revealed that when it comes to physical factors that influence how old you appear, hair loss is the most ageing.
Thinning hair tops ageing factors
According to the findings, being overweight or having a moustache added an average of two years to a man’s perceived age. Yet, although greying hair added seven years, obvious Male Pattern Baldness topped the lot with respondents feeling this made men look up to eight years older than they actually were.
The top physical traits which added the largest number of years to a man’s age as perceived by strangers, all revolved around a man’s hair or facial hair. The survey, which was conducted by The Crown Clinic hair transplant surgery and published in The Sun, found the following to be the Top Five agers:
1. Hair loss (adds up to eight years)
2. Greying hair (adds up to seven years)
3. Having a full beard (adds up to five years)
4. Having a goatee beard (adds up to four years)
5. Being ‘heavily unshaven’ (adds up to three years)
Hair loss and ageing
Male pattern baldness is an hereditary hair loss condition, most likely to be passed on through the father’s side of the family. Because of this an emotional link can exist between hair loss and ageing because a man remembers his own father losing their hair. This can lead to the feeling that those affected are turning into their father – an elder figure and therefore associated with ageing.
Stereotypically, thinning hair is also used as an easy visual signifier of ‘old age’ in the film and TV industries whilst, conversely, a full head of hair is widely used to convey youth and virility. This almost subliminally supports these associations, perpetuating these societal beliefs, leading some people assume that if someone is losing their hair, they are likely to be of a certain age. Actors have even been known to colour in their scalps with makeup to make their hair appear thicker, or have their hairline adjusted in post-production in order to conceal hair loss on the big screen.
Interestingly, if a man is completely bald, the hair loss stereotypes no longer apply. According to various studies, bald men – whether by choice or through nature taking its course on top and shaving the rest to match – are instead seen as being ‘tougher and more powerful’ than their peers. These common perceptions could explain the number of bald bad guys in movies.
Although it is true that hair gets thinner with old age, this is not the same thing as male pattern baldness where the thinning occurs in distinct patterns. In fact, premature male pattern hair loss can affect men as early as their late teens.
Visible signs of hair loss can occur in those with a genetic predisposition to this hereditary condition any time following puberty but generally start to become noticeable when a man is in his 20’s or early 30’s. These indicators can include hair thinning anywhere around the top of the scalp, which is the only area affected by pattern baldness, and/or a receding hairline.
At Belgravia we often hear from men how starting to lose their hair caused them low self-confidence and that is why they decided to seek professional help. Often they feel they would not suit a shaved head or don’t feel the bald look is appropriate for them so want to stop their shedding and regrow their hair.
After following a personalised male hair loss treatment course for between three-to-six months, we are always happy to hear how much better these clients start to feel about themselves when they start to see the first regrowth results from their clinically-proven treatments. As our client LJB says in his Success Story: “…my hair loss has not only been halted, I have had regrowth and it has helped my confidence as a young, follicly challenged individual!”
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.