Author: Sarah Belgravia
There are many common reasons given for infidelity in a relationship, but going bald isn’t one of the first that comes to mind.
According to an April 2019 survey by a London hair clinic, however, “it’s not you, it’s my hair loss” is a genuine excuse given by men for cheating on a partner.
The reasoning behind it is thought to be that Male Pattern Baldness can make men feel unattractive so, when an opportunity to feel more desirable comes along, they are more likely to take it than their peers with a full head of hair.
Less hair, more stressed
Pollsters at the Harley Street Hair Clinic stated in a press release that they had found one fifth of the balding men questioned admitted they “have less sex and feel less attractive to a partner than when they had hair”.
They also discovered those who were losing their hair were far more likely to feel “very stressed” in their everyday lives, with 33 per cent describing themselves as such, versus just 14 per cent of those men surveyed who had no signs of hair loss.
The emotional impact men can experience as a result of genetic hair loss is well-established and can occur regardless of the age a man starts losing his hair. Whilst this tends to start in a man’s late 20’s to 30’s, it can technically begin any time following puberty in genetically predisposed individuals.
A 2018 study found that androgenetic alopecia – male or female pattern hair loss – has more significant negative psychological consequences than the autoimmune disease, Alopecia Areata – which can cause varying amounts of shedding, from bald spots on the scalp to being completely hairless from head to toe.
This stress is particularly unhelpful as it can not only affect men’s mental well-being, but can also exacerbate their hair loss.
Coming to terms with hair loss
When Male Pattern Baldness does appear, it is vital to come to terms with what is happening and to understand why, so as to accept it and move forward in the best way possible.
There is no one-size-fits-all hair loss solution so it’s important to take the time to find what works best for you. Some men may prefer to shave their head and be done with it, others may try to hide their thinning hair or a receding hairlinewith a clever haircut or concealing products, while this is possible.
At Belgravia these typically feature either one or both of the two MHRA licensed and FDA approved medications, finasteride 1mg, a one-a-day DHT blocking tablet, and high strength minoxidil, which is applied directly to the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown (the areas affected by genetic hairloss) to promote hair growth.
Additional hair growth supporting products, from FDA-cleared home-use LLLT devices such as the LaserComb, used to stimulate the hair follicles, to highly targeted Hair Vitalics for Men food supplements, can also be used alongside these key treatments where required.
Whatever the end route, there is no point worrying about your hair and letting it affect your self-confidence when there are so many options available, and resources on hand to help you decide on the most appropriate choice for your specific situation.
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.