We all know that first impressions count. The majority of us make up our minds about someone in the first 7 seconds of meeting them, and image plays a major part in creating that all important first impression. So does hair loss affect a man’s confidence?
While there are many bald male icons in the world of sport, film and music (Andre Agassi, Bruce Willis, Michael Stipe) hair loss can be a highly distressing experience for a man to go through. Mens Health magazine recently conducted a survey in which 30% of men said they felt defined by their hair and a third said they believed a good head of hair got them noticed. While hair is important to men (40% of those surveyed admitted they worry about losing their hair) it seems most choose to stick their heads in the sand as 80% have never sought help to combat the problem.
Self-esteem is tied into how one feels about the way they look. So if a man is comfortable being bald, then his hair loss will not be a problem for him. But equally, a man should have the option to do something about his balding if he would prefer to keep his hair. It is important that guys take their heads out of the sand and keep a close check on their barnets as the earlier that male pattern baldness is diagnosed, the more effectively it can be treated.
Despite the stereotype of the balding middle-aged man, male hair loss is a condition that affects 1 in 5 men by the age of 20 and 2 in 5 by the age of 35. For every 8 out of 10 men the cause will be genetic; the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) inhibits the growth of hair. And the more progressive the hair loss becomes, the harder it is to get it back.
But many men do have the option of takling hair loss: there are two hair loss treatments that have shown sufficient evidence that they are effective in preventing male pattern baldness. As a result, these treatments, Minoxidil and Propecia, have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, the medical regulatory bodies in the UK and USA respectively.
The degree to which these treatments are effective depends on a number of factors. To get the best results, the hair loss needs to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Another important factor is how the treatments are administered. At Belgravia, we prescribe individualised treatment programmes. These can include a specific strength Minoxidil, Propecia and certain hair growth boosters that are suited to the individual. In the majority of cases, our clients have seen their hair loss stop and lost hair re-grown.
So why not take early action and stop hair loss stealing your confidence? Belgravia offers a free consultation with a hair specialist who can talk you through hair loss and the treatment options. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. If you are unable to visit the London centre, fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you over the next few days.