As a muscle-bound time-travelling cyborg in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger famously asked an incredulous biker for his clothes, his boots and his motorcycle. Twenty years on, and the now former Governor of California might well follow up those demands with one for either a hat or hairpiece.
The 64 year-old former actor and politician was revealed to have a prominent bald patch appearing at the back of his head recently. The balding area was photographed by an ever-vigilant paparazzo while the man dubbed ‘the Governator’ ate lunch with friends at a classy Beverly Hills restaurant.
Surprisingly, Arnie did NOT pick up the photographer, lift him above his head and launch him flying into a cheesecake on a nearby desert trolley, before delivering in his trademark mono-tonal voice the single line, “say cheese.” So, the picture, and the cameraman, lived to see the light of day. This prompted much speculation amongst tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines on both sides of the Atlantic.
Does Arnie need a vacation?
“It seems the stress of splitting from wife Maria Shriver has sent Arnold Schwarzenegger bald,” said the Daily Mail. Of course, the fact of the matter is that in his mid-sixties, even a one-time Mr Universe is likely to lose at least some of his hair. Perhaps the only thing that is surprising is how little he has lost.
It would appear that like many men his age, Arnold Schwarzenegger is suffering from a case of genetic hair loss, scientifically known as Androgenetic Alopecia, but more commonly referred to as Male Pattern Baldness.
Male Pattern Baldness is a very common condition, and it has been estimated that 50% of men in the UK will suffer from it to some extent by their 50th birthday. It is hereditary, and can be passed on in the genes from either the maternal or paternal side. In individuals who are genetically predisposed to the condition, the naturally occurring enzyme 5 alpha-reductase converts testosterone in the body into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a more powerful derivative. This DHT is responsible for hair follicles shrinking, leading to hair being lost.
How to terminate Male Pattern Baldness
Because Male Pattern Baldness is hereditary, it doesn’t matter how big your muscles are, whether you’ve battled alien predators, taken on terrorists single-handed or freed the people of Mars from tyranny; if you’re going to get it you’re going to get it.
However, where the human body has failed, the human mind has stepped in to offer a solution. While there may no avoiding your genes, there are a variety of hair loss treatments which can help you to stabilise the resultant hair loss, and even re-grow lost hair.
At the Belgravia Centre, we have helped many men and women to turn back the clock and reverse the effects of genetic hair loss. We use scientifically proven treatments such as Propecia and Minxoxidil (both licensed by the MHRA) as part of a comprehensive treatment programme which is individually tailored. Many grateful clients have recorded their success stories on our website.