Irish comic Dara O’Briain, 37, started to suffer hair loss in his early twenties. Talking recently on BBC’s The One Show, O’Briain said that he noticed a receding hairline as a young man and that his long locks started to fall out while he was still at university. He joked that, as he hadn’t lived a life of having hair, he has never known the type of woman that he has missed going out with. O’Briain, who hosts the topical comedy show Mock the Week, has done one-man tours and recently released his book Tickling the English. Described as part-tour diary, part-travelogue, the book is a account of Dara’s trip across England and his witty insights into English identity, nostalgia, eccentricity and drinking antics.
Before becoming a stand-up, O’Briain was a kids’ TV presenter: “It’s the only kind of telly you get when you’re 22. I don’t think I was a particularly good kids’ presenter and I certainly didn’t look like one – I was already balding. I looked like a weird uncle.” Nevertheless, O’Briain thinks that his career success is due in part to his baldness. He told The Sun in 2008, “You can’t be conventionally good looking. Infact it helps if you look a bit shambolic. I don’t think Peter Kay or myself would be successful if we were handsome. The worst career move I could make right now would be to get a wig.”
O’Briain’s hair loss is not unusual; the majority of men will start to see the first stages of Male Pattern Baldness in their 20s or 30s. If you are concerned about hair loss then it can be confusing to tell the difference between the various hair loss products that are available. To simplify matters there are only two products that have shown strong evidence that they are effective and safe in preventing Male Pattern Baldness. Minoxidil and Propecia can stabilise hair loss and result in optimum regrowth when tailored to an individual and used alongside the correct hair growth booster.
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