Superstar British DJ and record producer Mark Ronson has revealed how the stress of making what turned out to be the biggest song of the decade led to hair loss.
The song in question, Uptown Funk, on which Ronson teamed up with Bruno Mars, has now been watched more than 1.3 billion times on YouTube, hit the top slot in music charts all over the world and won many awards including a prestigious 2015 Record of the Year Grammy. Making it, however, was a leviathan effort.
Hair loss and anxiety attacks
Talking to the Mail On Sunday, Ronson explained that the stress of trying to finish Uptown Funk led to a catalogue of health issues. “I had everything going on,” he said. “Hair loss, anxiety attacks, vomiting and finally collapsing in a restaurant.”
He also told the Daily Mirror that the “long, grueling experience” of making his album Uptown Special had visible effects on his famous widow’s peak. “I’d lost an inch off my hairline because I was so worried,” he recalls, adding that he thinks his hair, which he continues to wear in his signature pompadour style, is now “frozen, holding its ground.”
Age-wise Ronson, 40, is in prime Male Pattern Baldness territory as this hereditary and exceedingly common hair loss condition is evident among vast swathes of the world’s 40-something men. Recent pictures suggest that the DJ still has a slightly receding hairline, which is one of the classic signs of genetic hair loss, although a thinning crown is just as common.
Could stress have triggered this genetic condition? Absolutely – as long as he had an existing inherited predisposition towards the condition, whether it had already started to display or not. While the genetic susceptibility for losing hair to MPB can wait decades to kick in, experts do believe that stress can speed up its onset or exacerbate its prevalance in those who are already showing signs of hair loss.
Of course, with hair colours ranging from jet black to peroxide to silver over the years, Ronson has, perhaps, been a little unkind on the bouffant locks that have served him so well. Cumulative damage to his scalp could certainly have played a part. However, this is unlikely to have brought about this particular type of thinning, with male hair loss the more likely contender.
Don’t believe me? Just watch…
On the subject of his hairline now, Ronson told the Mirror, “…I’m growing older, so it’s going to go back, there’s nothing I can do.”
This is a common misconception and despite often being perceiving as ‘the beginning of the end’, there are actually two clinically-proven hair loss treatments available to help combat male pattern baldness.
Particularly for cases where stubborn hair loss is involved – especially a receding hairline – applying high strength minoxidil to the affected area(s) once or twice daily, as advised by a hair loss specialist, can promote localised circulation in order to accelerate regrowth.
Many men use a combination course in order to regrow their hair and stabilise any shedding as, whilst these medications can be used individually, in our experience we tend to see better results when both components are involved as the actions compliment each other.
You can see many examples of men who follow personalised Belgravia hair loss treatment plans featuring key medications, often alongside boosters, all tailored to their specific level and pattern of shedding, their medical profile and lifestyle needs, in our Success Stories gallery. So, in the words of Mark Ronson’s smash hit, “don’t believe me? Just watch“!
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.