A police recruit in Northern Ireland has won an appeal after his application to join the police force was rejected because he did not have enough hair to undergo routine drugs testing. He was unable to give hairs of up to 3cm in length for the testing process, or to provide 200 body hairs as an alternative.
The man, who was at an advanced stage of the recruitment process, won his case at the High Court in Belfast after claiming the decision to reject his application was irrational and discriminatory.
Lawyers for the Police Service of Northern Ireland told the court that the man, who has not been named for security reasons, would be reinstated in the recruitment process, and policy would be changed to include other sources of DNA analysis.
It might seem like a small victory for the balding, but it does raise the question of how many other insidious forms of discrimination go unnoticed. Men who are experiencing hair loss may lack confidence in their appearance and feel that they look older, less attractive or less virile as a result. They may suspect that they are passed over for dates, or even promotion at work, in favour of those with a more youthful and vigorous appearance.
Androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, is hereditary and causes hairloss in 25% of men by the age of 30. It is caused by the action of dihydrotestosterone, a hormonal derivative of testosterone that gradually causes hair follicles to become dysfunctional. The good news is that while balding may seem inevitable, especially if your father or grandfather went bald, there is in fact effective treatment available to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth.
The Belgravia Centre’s individually designed hair loss treatment courses are based around primary medications that are clinically proven to be safe and effective, along with various hair growth boosters.
Propecia and Minoxidil are the only products that are licensed by the MHRA in the UK, and FDA approved, so there is a wealth of evidence to demonstrate their effectiveness. For example, in a 5 year clinical study into the effects of Propecia on 279 men, 9 out of 10 subjects achieved visible results, either maintaining hair count (42%) or experiencing regrowth (48%) while all the men in the study who were not taking Propecia lost hair.
To book a free consultation with one of our hair specialists, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively, if you can’t get to the London centre, complete the online diagnostic form for worldwide advice on a home-use treatment course individually designed to meet your needs.