So it was little surprise when the Daily Mail ran an article recently about the Prince’s aggressively receding hairline. Somewhat more unusual was the inclusion of William’s brother, Prince Harry in the story.
Using advanced computer graphics techniques, the newspaper commissioned an artist to “age” both princes to try and show what they are expected to look like at age 50. Just like his father, Prince Charles, without treatment, William is expected to lose almost all the remaining hair on his head over the next 18 years. The resulting image suggests that William’s hair loss will continue to follow the classic progression of male pattern baldness.
After joking about his brother’s hair loss for many years, it seems that the next 21 years will not be kind to Prince Harry either. Early indications of male hair loss for the ginger prince are expected to come to the fore, leading to a significantly depleted hairline. By the age of 50 Harry’s hair is expected to look very much like his Uncle Edward’s, with significant vertex and crown thinning, meaning there will be little hair left on the top of his head.
A genetic predisposition
The hair loss conditions of the British Royal Family clearly demonstrate the hereditary nature of pattern baldness. Although this genetic hair loss most commonly manifests in men, women are also susceptible to the condition, though Princess Anne seems to have escaped the same fate as her brothers.
Pattern baldness is caused by the hormone testosterone being converted into a secondary chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT attacks hair follicles in the scalp, causing them to shrink. The hair attached to these follicles then gets thinner and weaker until it eventually falls out completely.
This process is repeated hundreds of times leading to the development of a receding hairline and a bald patch over the crown. Depending on the rate of loss, these two patterns can meet, leading to the loss of virtually all hair at the top of the head.
The importance of getting early assistance
The good news for people affected by male pattern baldness is the existence of some very successful, medically-proven hair loss treatments. For the best results, a personalised treatment plan needs to be started as soon as possible. It is not too late for William, Harry or any other royal to seek assistance with managing their hairlines, indeed, the Queen’s hairdresser actively recommends hair loss treatment for William so he can restore his crowning glory.
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