Almost 20 years ago, readers of the Game Of Thrones books were able to form a pretty clear idea of how the characters looked thanks to some detailed descriptions from author George R. R. Martin. Hair loss featured heavily.
Miraculously gain hair
Several key characters, including Tywin Lannister (played by Charles Dance), were described as bald in the books, only to miraculously gain hair when they appeared almost two decades later in HBO’s lavish TV interpretation.
Other characters to have benefited from a serious hair boost for the cameras include Ser Jorah Mormont, whose “coarse black hair covered his arms and chest so thickly that there was none left for his head,” and also Syrio Forel, the hirsute fencing teacher of young Arya Stark. According to Buzzfeed, who dug deep into the novels for an article about how much the characters had changed for the TV, he should have been “a slight, bald man.”
More hair = bigger audience
It’s not exactly a definitive Hollywood formula, but as a rule of thumb, the makers of TV and movies like their characters to be as attractive as possible . Good-looking actors and actresses are in demand, and very often great hair is part of the package.
Some actors of course, fearlessly buck this trend and don’t seem to be in any shortage of work because of it. British hard man Jason Statham has embraced his baldness and scored a number of notable successes at the box office. In fact, he is so secure with his hair loss that he doesn’t seem to mind when his girlfriend, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, has a laugh about it.
Other men for whom hairloss could have been a problem but isn’t include Vin Diesel and Bruce Willis, who explored the subject of baldness in the 2009 film Surrogates, in which the actor’s doppelgänger robot sports a full head of hair.
The quest for hair
Hair loss is one of the most common and natural occurrences faced by men and it usually comes with a heavy dose of worry. We can’t all be as confident and successful as Jason Statham.
Male pattern baldness often begins with thinning hair, or receding temples and a balding spot at the back which can eventually meet. Many men who suffer from male pattern baldness choose to shave off their hair completely, like Bruce Willis, though some choose a hair loss treatment programme as an alternative.
The Belgravia Centre provides treatments for male pattern baldness that have strong evidence to show they are effective at stabilising hair loss and restoring lost hair, and new clients are welcomed to the centre by a hair loss specialist who will diagnose the condition and explain what is causing hair to thin out.
Hair loss treatments
The type of treatments and the combination of products recommended will depend upon the client and their specific hair loss condition. Belgravia has seen considerable success over many years in multiple clients, many of whom feature in our Hair Loss Success Stories regrowth gallery.
If you are concerned that your hairline is starting to have more in common with the literary versions of certain Game Of Thrones characters rather than their TV counterparts, visit a hair loss specialist for a professional diagnosis and advice on your treatment options.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.