Some poets have painted a bleak picture of baldness. For example, in his work ‘The Scholars’ W.B. Yeats depicts a group of bald scholars as pretentious and out of touch with their feelings. The poem opens with the line, “Bald heads, forgetful of their sins/Old, learned, respectable bald heads”. In TS Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of I Alfed Prufrock’, the protagonist has “a bald spot in the middle of (his) hair,” a physical feature which is intended to portray him as a man whose youth is fading. And the main character in E.E. Cummings’ ‘This Evangelist’ is a toupee’d charlatan.
On a more positive note, some writers have seen the benefits of losing hair. Shakespeare devoted 40 lines to baldness in his play, “The Comedy of Errors” including, “What (Time) hath scanted men in hair he hath given them in wit” and “There’s many a man hath more hair than wit.”
Another writer who celebrated baldness was Po Chu-Yi, the great Chinese poet of the 9th century. In his poem ‘On Becoming Bald’ he speaks of the joy of losing his hair: no more combing, no more washing, no more sweaty hair. As he lets a refreshing ladle of water trickle over his head, he exclaims, “Now I know why the priest who seeks Repose/Frees his heart by first shaving his head.”
While hair loss in men continues down the centuries, in more recent times science has found two hair loss treatments that are effective in stopping male hair loss and promoting re-growth. Minoxidil and Propecia are the only products that have successfully undergone clinical trials and been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
If you would like to prevent baldness, then please contact the Belgravia Centre for a free consultation with a hair specialist. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. If you would prefer a consultation via the website, please complete the online diagnostic form.