Back in 2007 radio DJ Chris Evans said he was cutting out dairy products to prevent hair loss. The Sun said that the Radio 2 star revealed that dairy products are encouraging a form of eczema that “pushes the hair follicles out of my head”. Evans, who likes his butter and cheese, was not happy to hear the news.
On his BBC blog the DJ said: “Listen to this then, been to the doc’s just now just this sec and here’s what he said… NO MORE BUTTTER – EVER, or else. Ahhhhhggggggggg, I love butter, I mean I really love it, really really really. There’s nothing, nothing tastier, NOTHING! I have to start tomorrow otherwise my hair’s gonna fall out. He said I can continue to eat it but if I do, I will be bald. “The choice is yours,” he says. That’s not a choice is it?”
But do dairy products and eczema cause baldness? Leonora Doclis, senior trichologist at the Belgravia Centre, says, “Eczema does not lead to baldness. However, cutting out dairy products can help to manage eczema. Managing eczema can encourage a healthier hair growth cycle but it does not prevent Male Pattern Baldness.”
Male Pattern Baldness is caused by a rise in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels and affects approximately 80% of men at some point during their lives. At Evans age (43) around 50% of men will be showing the early signs of a receding hairline and hair loss from the crown area.
Although Evans has has a good head of hair now, he thinks he would “make a very bad bald man” as he doesn’t think he has the “right shaped head for it or the right chin or the right skin colour”. He said, “Round faced dark skinned blokes look great bald, better than they do with hair for the most part but wirey red and otherwise pasty ginger blokes look dreadful.”
Fortunately, for those men who feel the same as Evans about the bald look, there are hair loss treatments that can help. In 2007 Evans also said he visited a trichologist, so he may be considering this option to retain his famous ginger locks.
The Belgravia Centre offers tailored treatment programmes based around Minoxidil and Propecia, the only products that have shown sufficient evidence to be effective in preventing hair loss and restoring lost hair.
Hair Loss and Eczema
Seborrheic dermatitis is a type of eczema or skin condition where in the oil glands of the skin are affected. It is a chronic skin disease associated with seborrhea and greasy scales on the scalp or eyelids or other area of skin. Normally our skin secretes an oily substance, which helps to moisturise the skin naturally and maintain healthy, shiny hair. When a person has seborrheic dermatitis, the secretion of the oil is replaced with a yellowish pus-like substance. In some people, seborrheic dermatitis is caused by nutritional deficiencies in the body. Other contributing factors include stress, exposure to extreme weather, irregular shampooing, pollution, and fatigue.
If you are concerned about hair loss and would like to find out what is causing the shedding and how treatment may be able to help, contact the Belgravia Centre for a consultation with a trichologist. Appointments are free of charge and available seven days a week. To book, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website and a mail order treatment service.