A lock of hair from Napoleon Bonaparte has sold for £8,600 at auction in New Zealand. It was cut from the head of the former French Emperor after he died in exile in 1821, on the remote island of St Helena.
The hair, which was bought by an unidentified London bidder, was part of a collection owned by descendants of a British officer stationed on St Helena during Napoleon’s imprisonment there. When he died amid rumours of poisoning – although now it is generally believed that it was due a stomach ulcer – the officer snipped the hair from his corpse and kept it as a memento.
It seems extraordinary that a mere lock of hair, albeit from such a notable figure as Napoleon, could raise such an exalted price. Yet anyone experiencing hair loss may feel that his or her own hair is literally priceless. If you’ve ever stood anxiously in front of the mirror examining your receding hairline, or counted the hairs sliding down the shower plughole, no doubt this feeling is familiar to you.
Over 50% of men and women will experience thinning hair at some point in their life; for many this will lead to continued hair loss and eventual baldness. However, if the problem is tackled at an early stage, there is a much greater opportunity to reverse the condition and promote regrowth.
Thinning hair is an early stage of hair loss, where the hair shafts begin to thin with each growth cycle. This is usually caused by the effects of DHT on the follicles, but may have other causes, which is why it is so important to have your individual condition properly assessed by a trichologist who can advise on the treatment needed to address it and the best products to use.
There are so many hair loss products currently marketed, some with frankly dubious claims, that it can be hard for the customer to distinguish genuinely effective products from those that are useless or even harmful. That is why the Belgravia Centre bases its hair loss treatment programmes around medically proven pharmaceuticals, along with various hair growth boosters and close trichological monitoring, in order to get the best results for our clients.
Propecia and Minoxidil are the only products that are licensed by the MHRA, and FDA approved, as being both safe and effective at stabilising hair loss and promoting regrowth. You can look at some of our success stories to see some of the excellent results we have achieved using individual treatment programmes based around these clinically proven products.
To book a free consultation with one of our hair specialists, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. We are open 7 days a week, with 4 late nights, and conveniently located close to Victoria tube, train, coach and bus stations. Alternatively, if you can’t get to the London centre, you can complete the online diagnostic form for worldwide advice on a home-use treatment course that fits your needs.