Hair loss can be embarrassing but imagine being in the spotlight when your hair starts to disappear. Keanu Reeves went bald for The Matrix and Colin Farrell dared to bare in Daredevil – but very few celebs would choose to lose their hair. Although, just like us average folk, celebrities experience hair loss too. Some embrace it and take it in their stride while others take certain measures to ensure they hold onto their prized looks. So, which celebrities should be bald and why aren’t they? And how do the bald ones cope with being bald superstars?
It’s no secret that Francis Rossi had a hair transplant or two and it’s rumoured actors John Travolta, Mickey Rourke and Aussie cricketer Shane Warne have been under the knife. But the Status Quo singer boasted about how happy he was with the results of his transplant only to chop off his iconic ponytail 10 years later.
“A few weeks ago it dawned on me that I looked ridiculous. So I decided to forget about clinging to my youth and that it was time to grow old gracefully,” Rossi said. Apparently the hair transplant wasn’t such a great idea after all.
It appears some younger stars however are turning to the more advanced hair loss treatment medications. Prince William was said to be looking into Propecia to sustain his crowning glory and soccer star Wayne Rooney may also be tending to his receding widow’s peak now that the ban on the use of Propecia in professional sportsmen has been lifted.
Unlike a transplant that attempts to fertilise barren bald patches with still active hair follicles, Propecia and other proven medical hair loss treatments work to prevent the deterioration of hair follicles, reverse the balding process and generate hair growth. These are absolutely necessary even after a hair transplant to maintain hair growth and prevent further hair loss. Perhaps if Rossi used such treatments to maintain the hair that was transplanted, he could’ve held on to his locks.
It seems a lot of the aging rockers are no more at peace with their disappearing hairlines than the younger stars are. Rock and mullet icon Jon Bon Jovi recently divulged his fear of male pattern baldness: “Oh, let me tell you, I am so worried (about my hair). I look at guys like Sting and think, ‘Well, he’s cool about it,’ but I’m already losing it a bit and I’m so aware of it.” And Steven Tyler is apparently concerned about his thinning hair but he shouldn’t be surprised – the Aerosmith front man is after all 57 years-old.
In most cases, male hair loss is a slowly progressing condition and the result of genetics. A bi-product in the body called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes old hairs on the scalp to be replaced by progressively shorter and thinner hairs in a predictable pattern, beginning at the temples and crown of the head. Hair loss can lead to complete baldness but there are a number of clinically and scientifically proven hair loss treatments that can prevent baldness and reverse the effects of hair loss.
Nevertheless, some celebs prove that baldness isn’t that bad and despite having little or no hair on their heads, guys can still exude an appeal that is at par or even stronger than that of their full-haired contemporaries.
Die Hard mega-star Bruce Willis has never let his baldness affect him and insists it even enhances his acting abilities.
“I’m a man and I will kick anybody’s arse who tries to tell me that I’m not one because my hair’s thinning,” the tough-guy actor said.
And it’s true – some women find bald men attractive. A balding pate could indicate a man’s advanced stage of physical and social maturity and actually be a defining feature which adds to sex appeal, as country superstar Kenny Chesney will agree.
The singer told Playboy magazine that he lost his hair at 19 but being bald doesn’t bother him and in fact he thinks it’s his baldness that gives him sex appeal.
Although some men appear no less virile with a shiny head, most really do look better with a full head of hair. Sean Connery could’ve benefited from hair loss medications if they’d had been around in his time of need and of course no one’s going to dispute Chris Daughtry’s sex appeal but you’ve got to wonder what he’d look like if he had it all.
Find out more information on the most effective medical treatments to prevent hair loss and generate hair growth and what makes them so successful. If you’re curious about how you could keep hold of your youthful locks, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email to arrange a free consultation with a hair loss specialist. The online diagnostic form is also available to anyone who wishes to take advantage of the world-wide mail-order hair loss service.
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