King of chat, Michael Parkinson, recently told the Radio Times that his ancestors were considered too boring by the producers of the family history TV show, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. The show’s researchers spent six weeks digging through records but found nothing of note among the miners, labourers and domestic staff that make up Parky’s family tree. So, the show was cancelled. But Parky should be proud of his chat show, in particular the episode which featured Hollywood actor Patrick Stewart; it could be the best interview about baldness yet.
The 69 year-old star of film, television and stage has said in the past, “I am not the archetypal leading man. This is mainly for one reason: as you may have noticed, I have no hair”.
In Parky’s interview (which can be viewed below) Stewart reveals that he lost his hair at the age of 19. “In the space of a year, I had no hair, I thought everything was over”. He says that he thought everything was over in one area in particular – with the ladies. The star of X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation explains that, “It was not only inhibiting as a person but hopeless as an actor”. He chose to wear a toupee for auditions but did not wear them for social occasions. Instead, he hung on to his few locks, and sported a combover.
Stewart recalls the day he decided to go completely bald, or rather he was forced to. His friend and his friend’s wife invited him to lunch one day. After the meal, his friend got up, stood behind him and pinned his arms back while the wife produced a pair of scissors and gave the combover the chop.
The cause for Stewart’s hair loss is most likely to be genetic. Male pattern baldness is the reason for 8 in 10 cases of hair loss in men. It affects men differently; some, like Stewart, can lose hair quickly and at a young age. Most men will begin to see some signs in their 20s or 30s; the earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the more successful treatment will be. However, Stewart lost his hair back in 1959 when were no effective treatments available. Today, there are proven hair loss treatments available that, if used correctly, will clear up and reverse thinning hair in most cases.
If you would like to find out more about treatment for hair loss or hair thinning, please contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment course, and a treatment advisor will be in touch.