Rob Lowe has been famous for a very long time. Yet, despite his prolific acting career meaning the American has been on our screens for over four decades, the 55 year-old seems immune to the normal signs of ageing.
From classic 80’s movie St. Elmo’s Fire, to his critically-acclaimed performances in films such as Beyond the Candelabra and TV series’ including The West Wing, Lowe has remained youthfully smooth-skinned, with a good head of hair.
Known to have more than a passing interest in male grooming – Lowe owns a men’s skincare line – a May 2019 interview in The Telegraph also uncovered his unfiltered thoughts on hair loss.
Using hair loss treatment for 30 years
When asked by journalist Celia Walden about his personal vanity compared to that of the average British man, Lowe went straight for national jugular by way of the Royal thinning crown…
“Can we talk about William? The future king of your country let himself lose his hair,” he jibed. “Honestly, one of the great traumatic experiences of my life was watching Prince William lose his hair. He’s going to be the f***ing king of England!”
The Parks and Recreation star appeared to find it incredulous than anyone with Male Pattern Baldness would choose to lose their hair when there are proven treatments for preventing baldness available.
“And there’s a pill!” he exclaimed, most likely referring to the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved male pattern hair loss treatment, the DHT-blocking tablet, finasteride 1mg, before suggesting someone make Prince William aware of the option.
“The first glimmer that a single hair of mine was going to fall out, I was having that stuff mainlined into my veins. And that’s what I did for the next 30 years,” he explained, suggesting he started seeing signs of hair loss around 25 years of age – a fairly typical age for Male Pattern Baldness to develop.
Starting hair loss treatment early
One of the key differences between Rob Lowe and the Duke of Cambridge’s approaches to losing his hair, is that, by his own admission, the actor began using hair loss treatment as soon as he noticed it was starting to go.
By starting early, Lowe has managed to stave off Male Pattern Baldness and has successfully kept his hair throughout his career.
Prince William, meanwhile, started to develop thinning hair in his early 20’s and seemingly chose to follow the well-trodden route of his fellow male Royal Family members – all of whom appear to be affected by the hereditary condition – and go bald gracefully.
Instead of taking proactive action to regrow hair, such as using topical applications of high strength minoxidil, and considering preventative measures to prevent further shedding, the 36 year-old was instead photographed sporting increasingly shorter haircuts over the years as his vertex became more and more visible.
Now, Prince William’s thinning on top is so pronounced that it is unlikely even clinically-proven hair loss treatments would be fully successful in restoring the regal mane.
When a man’s hair loss is so advanced that the scalp takes on the smooth, shiny look of true baldness, the follicles are no longer open to stimulation, making hair restoration surgery the only real option – assuming sufficient good quality donor hair is available – should they want to reverse hairloss so late after its initial onset.
However, if there are still hairs growing – even if they are thin – there is a chance of non-surgical options being worthwhile exploring if you’re looking to be more like Rob Lowe than Prince William.
For those who are not sure if they are suitable for treatment, the best thing to do is have a consultation with a dedicated hair loss specialist who can provide a diagnosis, advice and personalised treatment recommendations based on their findings.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.