Journalist Quentin Letts has written a book called Bog-Standard Britain in which he attacks baldness in the British Isles. According to Letts, men’s hairstyles have changed from the 1960s when John Lennon led the way “with his Jesus look” and today there is a new “curious tonsorial fashion” emerging and, as a result, male hair loss can be found on every street.
“The men of Bog-Standard Britain seem to have taken their lead form the Mitchell brothers who swaggered into Eastenders, the BBC’s main primetime soap opera, in 1990,” says Letts. But the Mitchells are not good role models according to the journalist: “They were shorn not only of their hair but of all sophistication. Blowing a raspberry against self-improvement, they had no concept of morality or sociability. Those hairstyles said it all: brazen, aggressively ugly, naked in their nastiness”.
And the insults on bald men do not stop there. Letts supports his criticism by saying, “Would you trust a dentist who had chosen to go bald? Would you want your children treated by a doctor who had shaved his head?” The answer to this question is simple to Letts: “Personally, I would not. The only banker I can think of with a shaved head is Adam Applegarth, who was chief executive of Northern Rock. And look what happened to him and his bank.”
Putting sweeping statements aside for a moment and acknowledging that there are many men who suit the bald look, there are however many others who find that a lack of coverage up top does not suit them and feel it negatively affects their appearance.
At 46 years of age, it is highly likely that Letts himself will start to go bald unless he takes preventative action in the form of hair loss treatments. Increasing levels of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes Male Pattern Baldness in approximately 80% of men worldwide. The classic early signs of this condition are a receding hairline and hair loss around the crown area which often start to show when a man is in his 20s or 30s. If the condition is diagnosed early enough it is possible to maintain a strong hair growth cycle (and avoid the Mitchell brothers look). There are two proven hair loss treatments. Minoxidil and Propecia can be tailored to suit an individual’s condition and when used in conjunction with the correct hair growth booster can bring about optimum re-growth. Belgravia has a large collection of ‘before and after’ treatment photos which show how well clients respond to these unique treatment courses.
If you are concerned about hair loss, a consultation with a Belgravia specialist will accurately diagnose the condition and discuss how treatment can help. To book an appointment (which is free) just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based clinic, simply complete the online diagnostic form and submit with a photograph. This will be instantly reviewed by a Belgravia specialist and a treatment advisor will be in touch over the next 2 working days.