New York singer and music producer Moby became a global phenomenon with the 1999 album ‘Play’ which sold 10 million copies. Overnight, he went from underground performer at raves to international pop star. Tracks from the album were used in car adverts and in soundtracks to box office hits such as ‘The Beach’. Known for his ‘geeky’ look – skinny, short and bald – Moby has in the past said that his hair loss came about as a result of his hectic work schedule back in the early 1990s.
In an interview with the Independent in 2006 he said, “I believe that those early experiences contributed to me losing my hair. It was a really fun period, but incredibly stressful”. He explained how he would do three shows a night, in different parts of the UK, driving all over, setting up, playing, dismantling his equipment, then driving back. He said, “I’d finally get back to London at seven in the morning completely wiped out”.
Moby has been in the press again recently to promote his new album ‘Wait For Me’. The pop star’s baldness resurges in the questions asked and, interestingly, he has a different answer this time. In an interview in The Guardian, he says, “the truth is that genetics robbed me of hair. But it’s not interesting to blame genetics. I’d much rather blame drugs, liquor or the rave scene”.
It would not be unusual for Moby to have inherited male pattern baldness as it is the most common form of hair loss in men. It is caused by the male hormone testosterone which is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This then attaches to and causes the hair follicles to shrink which inhibits hair growth by shortening the hair lifecycle, leading to hair loss and often baldness.
Moby’s hair loss started in his early twenties however it is not clear whether or not he sought specialist advice. At a guess, a young man with such a busy work schedule and who was working day and night to make records may not have given the matter much thought.
However there are easy-to-use hair loss treatments available that have been proven to work. For male hair loss, The Belgravia Centre prescribes treatment courses using minoxidil or Propecia or a combination of both. These have both been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
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