Put two old friends in a pub and it’s often not very long before the friendly insults (ex-partners, football disasters, hair loss, etc) begin, and a recent TV interview with singer Rod Stewart revealed that ribbing and banter would also be the order of the day if that very bar was in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“It’s sewn on!”
Fun-poking has been a staple of countless cheeky musicians over the years, and rocker Rod is definitely no stranger to doling out the odd gentle ribbing. When he was grilled about his own luscious locks on a Swedish TV show, he just couldn’t resist having a dig at some of his contemporaries.
Rod told the host of the TV show Skavlan: “Well, I have been fortunate I have still got it [my hair], unlike a couple of my mates in the music business. I am not going to mention any names.”
To Rod’s credit, it was the interviewer who then brought up Rod’s old friend Elton John, but the Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? singer didn’t miss a beat. “It’s been sewn. It’s sewn on!” he said, implying that Elton – who is believed to have had various hair transplant procedures in the past – now wears a weave.
Luckily for Rod, he seems to have deftly avoided the onset of Male Pattern Baldness, and went on to say that he doesn’t need to resort to such measures as Elton because “it’s all there… I put a bit of mousse and blow it upside down and this is what happens.”
Gogglebox hairdressers agree
Elton and hair are two words that have gone together for decades, though hair loss is not a subject that presenters and journalists hoping for an easy interview tend to put to the Tantrums and Tiaras star.
It is widely accepted that Elton has used wigs and hairpieces during in his career, and there is speculation that he was an early adopter of hair transplant procedures. Whilst early photographs – which sparked initial rumours that he had undergone surgical restoration in the 1980’s – showed what appeared to be unnatural, ‘pluggy’ looking results likely to have been from an old-style FUT transplant, technology has come a long way since then.
Following Rod’s comments came further speculation from one of the nation’s favourite TV shows: Gogglebox. Whilst watching Sir Elton perform at the Royal Variety Performance, hairdressers Stephen and Chris were quick to give their opinions on the 69 year old’s hair.
“Is Elton’s still a wig or is it plug-ins now?” asked Stephen. “Oh well, they said it was implants wasn’t it? But I’m sorry, he had a little tiny strip like * that * around there [gestures to a thin line around the back of the head above the ears],” replied Chris. “How on earth are you going to take some out of that and create that amount on top? You ain’t – it’s a wig.”
Dealing with hair loss discreetly
If Stewart and the Gogglebox hairdressers are correct, Sir Elton may be boosting his natural locks with a sewn-in weave or hair replacement system. Many men and women in the public eye wear these intricate types of wigs, which can cost thousands of pounds, although few men openly admit to doing so.
A more common practice for men concerned about losing their hair is to seek professional hair loss advice as soon as they start to notice the first signs of thinning. Once the condition, pattern and level of shedding has been identified, a specialist can recommend a bespoke hair loss treatment course to stabilise hair fall and promote regrowth. This way the issue can be dealt with discreetly and efficiently, even before it becomes obvious to others.
Two clinically-proven components form the cornerstone of the personalised treatment plans recommended to male pattern hair loss clients at Belgravia. Finasteride 1mg, an oral tablet taken daily, and topical applications of high strength minoxidil, can be used to inhibit the DHT which causes thinning hair in men with hereditary hair loss and accelerate the hair growth process. Additional hair growth boosters can also be added in alongside these primary medications as appropriate to improve the hair ‘s overall condition and help it reach its full potential.
Hair loss treatment has moved on at an incredible rate since Elton first started losing his hair back in the late 60s/early 1970s, and Male Pattern Baldness is now better understood than ever before. If you are noticing hair thinning at the top, front or both, then a visit to a hair loss specialist will give you choices that simply weren’t available to Elton back at the start of his career.
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.