French ‘spider-man’ Alain Robert hit the headlines last month after another amazing climbing feat – only this time he was scaling a skyscraper not just for fun but to raise awareness for hair loss.
The world-famous Frenchman took just 45 minutes to scale the 187-metre tall Total tower in Paris bare-handed and without the use of any ropes, in what turned out to be a stunt to mark France’s national hair loss day.
“It’s a serious subject,” he told the press when he had completed his climb, but he acknowledged that the moment seemed “a bit light” when compared to the other news of the week, which concerned the arrest of the man wanted for last November’s terrorist attacks in the city. Continues below
Seriousness of hair loss
On a different day the seriousness of the urban climber’s stunt might have been given more consideration, as hair loss can be a major and life-changing experience for millions. At 53, Robert still seems blessed with a full head of rather long blond hair: compared to many men his age, he is lucky. Whilst it can start any time following puberty, Male Pattern Baldness is extremely common among men in their 40s and 50s, and by retirement age, most men will have lost some or all of their hair due to this genetic condition.
What still surprises many men is that there are proven medical hair loss treatments that can prevent further shedding and encourage regrowth in a great many cases. The most effective treatment courses typically get straight to the root of the problem – no pun intended – by reducing the production of DHT, a testosterone by-product which, in people who are genetically predisposed to be sensitive to it, causes hair to gradually thin and weaken before eventually falling out. This is done via a once-a-day oral tablet of finasteride 1mg.
Simultaneously, Belgravia specialists advocate topical applications of personally-recommended high strength minoxidil formulations are used as a second part of the treatment equation. This preparation nourishes the hair follicles and promotes blood supply to the scalp, encouraging the growth of new hair in many cases.
This two-pronged attack has seen countless success stories and is the secret behind the luxurious hairstyles of a great many men who are Alain Robert’s age. The key is to start treatment as soon as problems are noticed: if treatment is successful, commences without delay and continues, then many years of being able to sport a fuller head of hair may be entirely possible – in spite of what nature has in mind.
Alopecia awareness in the UK
Here in the UK, the big date for hair loss is September, which is Alopecia Awareness Month. Rather than male and female pattern hair loss, this tends to focus on another condition which can affect men, women and even children: Alopecia Areata.
Alopecia Areata is an an autoimmune disorder which leads to bald patches anywhere on the scalp and is the second most common form of hair loss after genetic baldness. It, too, can be treated though, unlike Male Pattern Baldness, it is a condition that sometimes rectifies itself with hair growing back of its own accord.
There are other more severe versions of Alopecia Areata – Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis – which cause total baldness of the scalp and whole body respectively, for which Alopecia Awareness Month is crucial.
People with these more extreme and often untreatable conditions can frequently – and distressingly – be mistaken for cancer patients due to a general lack of knowledge surrounding these types of hair loss.
Whatever your hair loss condition, a professional diagnosis is usually the most sensible first step, as knowing exactly what’s happening can often take away much of the strain – especially if the prognosis is encouraging.
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.