It seems Take That singer and former X Factor judge, Gary Barlow
has some odd ideas when it comes to hair.
Following an earlier admission that he doesn't wash
his hair, he has now said that he dyed his hair blond because he is experiencing hair loss
Concealing hair thinning
The 'Could it Be Magic?' singer explained his newly bleached hair - a throwback to his 90's hairstyle from Take That's heyday - as part of a behind-the-scenes tour interview for TV show, Good Morning Britain.
When asked about his hair, Barlow replied: "It's departing so quickly now, I thought 'for the last time, I'm going blond'."
As Barlow has a pale scalp, going blond may make his thinning hair
look thicker - though mostly only from a distance - but this is simply a bit of visual trickery. Whilst matching the hair and scalp colour can help to slightly conceal hair loss, bleaching the hair can actually cause the hair to become finer and more brittle. Obviously, for anyone concerned about losing their hair, this seems a strange action to take.
Due to the upkeep required to keep bleach blond hair from turning brassy, coupled with the frequent styling required for Gary's many media and stage appearances, he runs the risk of developing additional hair breakage
. This is where the weakened hair snaps along the shaft, giving it a slightly frizzy, frazzled and thin appearance.
Of course Barlow will have access to top colourists and hair stylists who will undoubtedly do everything they can to minimise any damage from chemical or heat-styling
. But what they can't do is use cosmetic methods to stop his Male Pattern Baldness
Addressing signs of hair loss
Gary Barlow has shown signs of male hair loss
for a number of years now, especially at the back of his head where the cameras have often caught his thinning crown
highlighted under TV lights. He also shows an overall drop in hair density and slight receding at his temples.
Looking at the extent of his shedding now, it seems that Barlow's hair thinning is not so extensive that he would need to follow in former band mate Robbie Williams
' steps and have a hair transplant. Whether or not he already uses some form of hair loss prevention is unknown but it does appear, from photographs and videos of the star, that he could respond well to a non-invasive hair loss treatment
course that includes either or both of the two clinically-proven medications, finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.
is an oral DHT blocker - DHT, or dihydrotestosterone
, being the hormone which causes thinning hair in people affected by genetic hair loss. It is taken in tablet form once a day and inhibits the formation of DHT, directly tackling the root cause of male pattern baldness.
High strength minoxidil
comes in a range of formulations, all of which are applied directly to the scalp where needed and as directed. The vasodilating action helps to promote accelerated hair growth locally and can be particularly useful when dealing with stubborn areas of hair loss, such as a receding hairline
or thinning crown.
Supplementary hair growth supporting products
can be used in addition to these medications and includes a number of options from the FDA-cleared LaserComb -
a follicle-stimulating hand-held LLLT device - to highly-targeted Hair Vitalics
food supplements. These contain a premium blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including biotin, zinc and selenium for the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.
With a little patience, if Barlow went down this route he could potentially see his hair back for good - as long as he committed to continuing this regime.