Back in 2005, the BBC reported that a baboon’s mother had groomed him to baldness. Reggie, a hamadryas baboon, had his hair licked and plucked off by his mother at Paignton Zoo in Devon. Animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) argued that the mother’s actions were a sign of stress and called on the zoo to stop breeding this type of baboon.
Peta said that Dr Robert Sapolsky, a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research in Kenya, had, in his 26 years of studying wild baboon populations in East Africa, never seen a mother baboon pluck her baby bald.
“It is obvious to casual observers and baboon experts alike that these highly intelligent, social and freedom-loving animals suffer as a result of being cooped up in zoo exhibits,” said Peta campaign co-ordinator Anita Singh.
The zoo’s response was that the baboons showed no signs of stress and they would not be stopping breeding programmes. Zoo spokesman Phil Knowling said: “I have no reason to believe we have a problem here”. He added that Reggie was “his usual pesky self”.
While Reggie may have got used to his baldness, for humans hair loss can be a distressing experience and have significant impact on one’s confidence and identity.
The majority of men will suffer from Male Pattern Baldness; for many the first signs will appear when a man is in his 20s or 30s. For women, Female Pattern Hair Loss is still fairly common, affecting 1 in 5 women, however there are other types of hair loss in women that are a result of diet, stress, hormones, pregnancy and medications.
The earlier hair loss is diagnosed and treated, the better the results will be. There are only two hair loss treatments that have successfully undergone clinical trials and been proven to be effective. Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (for men only) are the only treatments to be licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
If you would like to discuss your suitability for a hair loss treatment programme, please contact the Belgravia Centre for a free consultation with a specialist. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.