When most men start going bald, their hair loss usually leads to thoughts of dread and panic… not a eureka moment in which a new business idea emerges.
But the latter is exactly what happened to Canadian Nigel Jenkins, who had to face up to the fact that the long hair he had worn as a grungy teenager was well and truly gone before he was 30. Instead of grieving over his hairloss, however, he embraced his new, bald look and turned it into a brand.
While not exactly a big business, his company Bald & Beard Co. sells t-shirts to other men who have dealt with male pattern baldness by shaving their head – and growing a beard.
Hair loss in the family
Talking to Canada’s CBC news, Jenkins – who comes from Newfoundland – explains that it was no great shock when he first started losing his hair aged 22 as it had happened to most of the older men in his family. A keen musician, he found he could still play guitar and enjoy it without long hair – and says that his face, head and and beard “have become almost like a visual calling card for me.”
In the newspaper article, Jenkins offers a light-hearted look at the benefits of being bald. Among these are:
* You get to look ‘badass’
Jenkins says that this is how he was described by a random guy at the gym the first time he went there with a totally shaved head. Some women love the totally bald look, too, he says. “I don’t think I became less attractive,” he adds. “I think I just became a little more niche in terms of who might be attracted to me.”
* You save money
Jenkins jokes that he hasn’t paid for shampoo in six or seven years.
* With baldness comes great wisdom
Losing his hair coincided with a boost in Jenkins’ confidence because he felt that going bald was a sign he was getting older – and with age comes wisdom. “Acceptance of self is really important,” he says.
While the Canadian’s response to this common form of men’s hair loss is undoubtedly a positive one, it is not something that most men would find easy to emulate. While some undoubtedly do rock the bald look and find themselves very comfortable with a shiny head, many despise the lack of control they have over their image any more. Irrefutably, for many men, hair is intrinsically linked with self-identity, and millions of men continue to be deeply affected by genetic hair loss. Today, however, men have a distinct advantage over their forefathers as they now have ways to address it.
Alternative hair loss solution
Male pattern hair loss treatment typically comprises one or both of the two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications.
The first is a once-a-day tablet named finasteride 1mg which helps to inhibit production of the testosterone by-product, DHT. This is what ultimately causes thinning hair or a receding hairline in men with male pattern baldness, as the follicles located around the top of the scalp and hairline inherit a genetic sensitivity to it. As the hormone DHT, which is largely useless after puberty, latches on to the genetically sensitive follicles, it gradually weakens them, resulting in increasingly thin hair, and can cause – if left unchecked – eventual baldness.
Alongside this oral option is a topical solution which can be applied to the scalp where necessary to promote hair growth, named high strength minoxidil. This is available in a number of different formulations and can be used on its own or as part of a two-pronged approach for treating pattern hairloss such as a receding hairline or a thinning crown.
These pharmaceutical elements can be further supplemented by the use of appropriate hair growth supporting products, such as the LaserComb and also Hair Vitalics premium food supplements.
Hair Vitalics for Men has been exclusively developed by The Belgravia Centre using a unique formulation which blends key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts known to promote hair health, from saw palmetto to biotin, zinc and selenium for the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.
Preventing baldness is a concern of many men who don’t want to go down the same route as Jenkins, and when this is an important consideration men are advised to intervene at the first signs of hair loss, as the sooner treatment begins, the better the prognosis.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.