Police are appealing for help in catching a robber who they describe as ‘balding’. The man, who appears be suffering from an advanced stage of Male Pattern Baldness, stole money from two convenience stores in Henrico, USA.
Police have released images of the suspect, and his distinctive hair loss, in the hope that they will help identify the armed robber.
Male Pattern Baldness
The suspect is showing advanced signs of Male Pattern Baldness, a hereditary hair loss condition seen in adult men. The man, estimated to be in his forties, has a severely thinning crown and vertex that appears as a bald patch extending over most of his scalp, with hair only present at the sides. According to the Norwood Scale, the measure used to determine the stages of male pattern hair loss, the man is at an advanced stage of shedding.
Not everyone loses their hair in the same pattern, with some men seeing a receding hairline for example, however the areas hit by this type of androgenic alopecia are always confined to the top of the head – the back and sides of the head are not affected.
Female pattern hair loss previously identified criminal
This is not the first time a criminal has been identified by their hair loss. While baldness is more frequently associated with men, female pattern hair loss is also common, with tens of thousands of women experiencing thinning hair in the UK alone.
Female hair loss is often less obvious than male pattern baldness, as it can manifest as a general thinning of hair rather than distinctive balding patches. However, if left untreated, the condition may progress so that more of the top of the scalp becomes visible. This was the case in California, causing a woman who committed a number of debit card scams to be positively identified thanks to her distinctive hair loss. The female criminal’s pattern of thinning made her easier to identify on CCTV and eventually led to her arrest, when she was spotted in store.
Treating genetic hair loss
Although in these cases the balding patterns were beneficial to the police, if the criminals had wanted to avoid getting identified so easily they might have considered regrowth treatments! There are two clinically-proven treatments for male hair loss, these are minoxidil and finasteride 1mg, whilst minoxidil is also suitable for the treatment of female hair loss.
Both men and women who are concerned about genetic hair loss can benefit from visiting a specialist who can accurately diagnose their condition and stage of shedding. They can also then recommend the best programme of hair loss treatments tailored to each individual’s specific needs.
Treatment is most effective when tackled at an early stage, so if you are concerned about any unusual hair loss, seek a consultation and diagnosis as soon as possible.
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.