Deciding how to deal with hair loss
is an intensely personal choice and one that has not been helped by a perceived 'stigma' attached to men who decide to investigate ways to keep their hair.
This type of negative attitude, denigrating men exploring hair loss solutions as 'vain' and ignoring the emotional and psychological effects
losing your hair can have, has thankfully been hugely reduced in recent years, to the point where it has been considered men's equivalent
of a having a breast enlargement.
This switch is largely due to the influence of a handful of celebrities being brave enough to share their battles with Male Pattern Baldness
In the UK, footballer Wayne Rooney
is perhaps the most prominent man to go public with his decision to have a hair transplant
to address his premature balding. The huge increase in enquiries into this type of surgery from across the UK following his first operation was dubbed 'the Rooney effect'.
James Nesbitt after two hair transplants
Stan Lee's 'Lucky Man' actor James Nesbitt
has also made a similar impact after speaking candidly to the media about his two hair restoration surgeries, and is proud to have played a part in busting this taboo.
"Didn't fancy going bald"
In an interview with the Irish Independent
the 53-year old, who decided to address his advanced hair loss for work-related reasons, explained why he felt it important to be so open about the experiences which have left him with such a good head of hair, it was once mistaken for a wig
"Some men it doesn’t bother, but there are men that it does and it’s a difficult stage to go through. I’m married to my own vanity and I just didn't fancy going bald," said Nesbitt.
"I made the decision to talk about it because there are an awful lot of actors who don’t talk about it, which I thought was just absurd. I just thought, ‘Look, if I’m going to be bald one day and then have hair the next, people will know it doesn’t just come from eating carrots'."
He is certainly correct in saying that many men do not want to talk about how they regrow thinning hair
or deal with a receding hairline
. One of the reasons many Belgravia
clients give for following a non-surgical hair loss treatment
course is the discretion it offers, given results tend to occur gradually and therefore less likely to draw immediate attention.
James Nesbitt before his hair restoration surgeries
Actors, however, have options for hiding their hairloss that simply wouldn't work in everyday life - for instance, having their hair digitally altered
to look fuller on screen. Another way in which a 'perfect hair' myth can be maintained, along with wearing wigs, hairpieces, colouring in their scalps to match their hair colour or using microscopic hair fibres
- which make the hair look temporarily thicker, although often somewhat matte - for photoshoots and public appearances.
Uses on-going hair loss treatment
The Cold Feet star has had two separate hair transplants and also follows an on-going aftercare hair treatment regimen comprising the only MHRA licensed and FDA approved topical and oral hair loss medications. James Nesbitt says he does this "to improve the quality of my hair and to prevent further hair loss".
His approach to preventing baldness
and encouraging hair growth is one approved and widely recommended by top hair specialists and surgeons both prior to and after a hair transplant
, or for men whose hair follicles are still functioning and want to avoid surgery