The British press has reacted favourably to Prince William's rather extreme new haircut which appears to have been chosen to hide or at least distract from his hair loss
The 35 year old is famously losing his hair to the hereditary condition male pattern baldness
, which is rife among the Royal Family. This genetic issue affects at least half of all men by the time they hit 50, it can strike at any time post-puberty. The Duke of Cambridge was apparently dealt a particularly harsh hand, having started losing his hair when he was around 20 years of age.
Prince William's extremely short haircut requires a lot of maintenance as can be seen from the photos inset which show him days before and after getting his new hairstyle
Enough of the jibes
Numerous mostly good-natured comments and quips
have been aimed at the future king's thinning hair over the years, including some from his own brother Harry
and his wife Kate, who reportedly suggested he embrace his baldness
or get a hair transplant given how advanced his baldness is now.
It seems that William has had enough of the jibes and potentially acted upon the Duchess of Cambridge's alleged remarks, having decided the best haircut for a man with thinning hair on top
is a buzzcut.
Many hairdressers would likely agree that this is a winning choice for a man whose baldness is as pronounced as Prince William's, and affects his entire vertex, from hairline to crown - the full area that can be affected by genetic hair loss. Both the Daily Mail and Independent newspapers thought it a smart and confident move.
The shorter the hair is kept around the back and sides, the less the areas of hair loss stand out, making buzzcuts a good look for men who choose not to use male pattern hair loss treatment
, or who have left it too late for this non-surgical approach to be a viable option.
In cases where the scalp has taken on a smooth, shiny appearance, this indicates that the follicles are no longer capable of producing hair. Grafting functioning hair follicles taken from the unaffected areas around the back and sides of the head, into these balding areas via surgical hair restoration tends to be the only option once baldness is evident, assuming there is sufficient good quality donor hair available.
One potential downside to Prince William's haircut is that the style is extremely high maintenance and quickly show the difference in hair density if not trimmed around once a week, depending on the length of cut chosen. Even men who like keeping their hair short not just to hide hairloss can become concerned at the smallest disparity between the sides of their head and the top.
As many men know there is an alternative to the "grin and bear it" approach to losing one's hair. For those happy with how they look without hair, a shaved head can be a quick solution. For those who would prefer to keep theirs, a hair loss treatment
course featuring one or both of the recognised medications can help to stabilise shedding, encourage new hair growth and prevent baldness
through consistent use.
Male pattern baldness has two MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved medications finasteride 1mg and minoxidil which come in oral (finasteride) and topical (minoxidil) formulations.
Appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil
can be used to encourage hair growth when applied directly to the scalp where needed. This approach has been seen to be particularly useful when dealing with stubborn hair loss, for instance a receding hairline
or thinning crown.
The one-a-day tablet finasteride 1mg
, is an established DHT-blocker. Inhibiting DHT can be an effective way of minimising hair thinning given it is DHT - dihydrotestosterone
- which is the catalyst for follicular miniaturisation, the process which displays outwardly as thinning hair and hair loss.
Additional hair growth supporting products
can supplement this approach with components designed to stimulate the follicles plus promote scalp and hair health.
What's worth remembering is that treatment is not just for men who want to wear longer hairstyles; many people who like to keep their hair short still worry about losing their hair.
How a man chooses to deal with male pattern baldness is an extremely personal decision. For those wanting to keep it, or considering this as a possibility, it is best to have a consultation as early on in the process as possible. This is not only because the more advanced hair loss is when treatment starts, the longer it can take to see any effects
. It is also to benefit from having a professional diagnosis, advice and personalised treatment recommendations in a timely fashion, so men feel properly informed and can take their time to make the best decision for them.