BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr has been spotted sporting what looks like a fuller head of hair on his television show. After years of gradual thinning to what Andrew himself called “a modest fuzz”, his hair was looking significantly thicker when he appeared on television recently.
Thicker hair from lack of washing?
The 55-year-old presenter has previously admitted to not washing his hair in order to try and slow the rate of his hair loss. However it’s unlikely that this is the secret to his thicker hair. It’s a common hair loss myth that by not washing the hair, or not washing it very often, will help reduce shedding. In fact, by not washing your hair, you will create a build-up of sebum and skin on the scalp, which will make it harder for new hair to grow through.
Washing hair regularly helps to keep the scalp healthy, and, although people with a hair loss condition may notice more hair falling when they wash, this is not actually the case. It simply appears that more hair is falling out because their attention is more focused on it, and the massaging action of shampooing causes any hairs that have already shed but have not yet fallen, to come out. These would generally fall out during the course of the day anyway, when walking around etc, but as your attention is not on your hair, it is less noticeable.
Thickening products or treatment?
Andrew has since admitted that he has given up on his not washing regime after realising it was having no impact on his hair loss. He has also revealed he tried thickening shampoos, which also had no effect on his thinning hair.
What he should have noticed, however, is that keeping his thin hair clean helps it to appear fuller than when it is dirty as it is not weighed down by oil, which separates the hair and gives it a lank appearance, often making hair loss more noticeable.
Without examining Andrew, it is hard to tell what has caused this thicker look but there are three possibilities. Firstly, he has clearly changed the colour of his hair; dyeing the hair can change its texture, making hair appear slightly thicker. Secondly, Andrew could be using concealer fibres such as Nanogen which do not treat hair loss but can help to mask it, and is popular with TV personalities and actors to make hair appear fuller on camera.
The third option is that Andrew may be undergoing male hair loss treatment. In the picture above, the left hand image was taken in September 2014 whilst the right hand image is from February 2015 – five months apart. This is significant as you would generally expect to start seeing the initial stabilisation and regrowth between 3-6 months after starting your treatment course.
Reversing male pattern hair loss
Many men, like Andrew, who suffer from Male Pattern Baldness think there’s nothing they can do to stop losing hair and resign themselves to a life of receding hairlines and potential baldness. However, this simply isn’t the case – there are two hair loss treatments that have been medically proven to be effective for treating hereditary hair loss in men.
Finasteride 1mg is a daily, oral tablet proven to help prevent further shedding by inhibiting the formation of DHT in the body, the hormone derivative which binds itself to the hair follicles, causing hair loss. Whilst minoxidil, a topical formulation, can encourage regrowth and is applied twice daily directly to the scalp.
If you have signs of hair loss similar to Andrew’s and would like to investigate the possibility of regrowing your hair, consult a hair loss specialist. They will be able to provide you with a professional diagnosis, expert advice and personalised recommendations for the most effective hair loss treatments for your situation.
The Belgravia Centre
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.