The British press has reacted favourably to Prince William’s rather extreme new haircut which appears to have been chosen to hide 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.
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 tailored hair loss treatment course 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 are oral (finasteride) and topical (minoxidil) drugs with complementary actions.
Belgravia offers clients bespoke hair loss solutions based on their unique pattern of thinning, medical profile and lifestyle requirements. These include appropriate formulations of high strength minoxidil to encourage accelerated hair growth when applied directly to the scalp where needed and has been seen to be particularly useful when dealing with stubborn hair loss.
This can be used by medically-suitable men aged 18 years and over, in tandem with the one-a-day tablet finasteride 1mg, which is a popular DHT-blocker. Inhibiting DHT is often 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 and hair loss.
Additional hair growth boosters can bolster this approach with products designed to stimulate the follicles plus promote scalp and hair health. One of these, Hair Vitalics for Men, is a premium hair growth supplement which, in addition to being a highly-targeted nutritional support featuring optimum doses of important vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts that are beneficial to hair health, also contains saw palmetto. This botanic has been shown to lower the amount of DHT in the bloodstream, making is a great companion to the pharmaceutical components of men’s hair loss treatment programmes.
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. One example is Belgravia client Alexandre whose Success Story is pictured here and who features in some of the centre’s advertising campaigns. His photoscans from before and after starting to use his personalised treatment course clearly show a significant difference to the thinning hair he was experiencing along his vertex at the three month mark.
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.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.