For anyone’s who’s ever watched US hit comedy Seinfeld, George Costanza’s bald head was as iconic as his trademark thin-rimmed glasses and middle-aged paunch.
So when Jason Alexander, the actor who played George throughout the show’s nine-year tenure, stepped out for a charity event in Los Angeles with almost a full head of hair, there was a great deal of speculation amongst fans, celeb magazines and tabloids.
Many people conjectured on the cause of the 52 year-old’s apparent sudden burst of hair growth after many years of baldness; for some it was clearly the next of a long line of celebrity hair transplants, while others mused that it could be the work of some pharmaceutical treatment for hair loss.
The Daily Mail appeared to be leaning towards the hair transplant conclusion, adding, “Whatever the method, it appears Jason has finally found the Holy Grail that his most noted character, George Costanza, was seeking.”
Prior to the photographs of the actor’s new head of hair emerging Alexander pre-empted the media’s interest in his hairline, tweeting “I am experimenting with some interesting hair systems. Don’t be shocked if you suddenly see pics of me with more hair than usual.”
Where did Jason Alexander’s new hair come from?
After he unveiled his new barnet at a charity poker tournament, it seems the reaction was more intrigue than shock, and eventually the actor issued an answer to all those speculating on the source of his hair growth.
“What you see on my head is a really good, semi-permanent hairpiece,” he elaborated on the ‘twitlonger’ service. “By semi-permanent I mean that I can wear it constantly for weeks at a time, if I so choose.”
He also commented on why he opted for a hair-piece which gives the appearance of slight balding rather than a full immaculate head of hair. “The reason it looks thin is that I challenged my designer to make me a piece that would look very similar to the way I did 10 years ago,” Alexander wrote. “So, it looks like a guy who is losing his hair and isn’t an artificial mop of hair that I never had.”
On his reasons for adopting the designer toupée after years of progressive hair loss, he says that in the past two years his hair loss had resulted in a ‘dorky’ hairline. He also revealed that there were practical elements to the decision – enhancing his ‘castability’ for TV and movie roles, and reducing the amount of light reflecting from his head onstage which, he said, “had become a big beacon.”
He gave no indication of the origin of the realistic hairpiece, but it’s probably safe to say it didn’t come cheap. He also revealed that he had considered a hair transplant but “didn’t trust the results.”
How to deal with hair loss, before it’s too late
For anyone suffering from Male Pattern Baldness like Jason Alexander, there are other methods of restoring hair which don’t cost an actor’s salary or involve false hairpieces.
At the Belgravia Centre we specialise in helping those who suffer from genetic hair loss and other conditions to prevent hair loss and regrow hair, using a personally tailored mix of effective hairloss treatments including pharmaceutical options and other supportive treatments such as the HairMax LaserComb and our Hair Vitalics dietary supplement.
To find out more about how you can lose the ‘George Costanza look’, contact us to arrange a consultation at our London clinic, or fill in our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment programme.