Homer Simpson is possibly one of the most famous bald cartoon characters in history. Entirely without hair except for a thin line around his scalp and a few strands combed over his crown, Homer’s distinctive pate is recognisable the world over. Although hair loss does appear to run in the family (his father Abe is also bald), there are indications that Homer may have lost is his hair due to the stress of having children – indeed, he literally tears out some of his hair every time Marge becomes pregnant, and some of his hair regrows when his children Bart and Lisa are away for the summer.
With this in mind, it seems that Homer is suffering from Telogen Effluvium – a disorder that causes hair follicles to go into a “resting state” and hair to be shed after an extremely stressful event. Although it is more common in women who have given birth, it is certainly not impossible that a sufficiently stressful home-life could cause a man to lose his hair as well.
In one Simpsons episode, Homer manages to discover a potential solution to his hair loss woes – the fictional drug Dimoxinil – which he manages to claim on his health insurance. After his hair regrows overnight, a blissful Homer is promoted to an executive position. Unfortunately, when Bart accidentally spills Homer’s entire supply of Dimoxinil, Homer cannot carry on treatment and his hair falls out within hours. Without it, he loses the respect of his colleagues, and is demoted back to his former position.
Miracle cures vs. Real treatment for hair loss
So how does this fictional depiction of one man’s battle with Telogen Effluvium compare to the real disorder, and the process of tackling it? Certainly Homer’s experience fits the pattern of symptoms, and the fact that his hair starts to grow back when his children are away suggests family stress might be to blame.
Real inaccuracies creep in with The Simpson’s depiction of hairloss treatment, however. In reality, there is no miracle cure for hair loss; even though Dimoxinil is based on the real drug Minoxidil, its effects are nowhere near as rapid as to make your hair re-grow in a single night! In truth, Minoxidil should be prescribed by a hair loss expert, in the right formulation (such as our own extra strength Minoxidil 12.5% + Azelaic Acid), for the right frequency of use.
The Belgravia Centre: A real solution to baldness
In reality, had Homer wished to maintain a thick and healthy head of hair, he would have been well advised not to seek a one-off miracle treatment, but to opt for a professional diagnosis and bespoke treatment plan to stimulate growth and maintain existing hair cover. We at The Belgravia Centre pride ourselves on providing just such a service.
The story of Homer Simpson’s struggle with baldness does hold some important lessons – stress is a common trigger for thinning hair, and baldness may affect success in the workplace. So don’t let hair loss hold you back and don’t chase fantasy solutions – contact us at The Belgravia Centre to arrange a free consultation at our London premises, or fill in our online diagnostic form to obtain a personalised treatment plan, which we can post to you anywhere in the world.