Superstar British DJ and record producer Mark Ronson has revealed how the stress of making what turned out to be the biggest song of the decade led to hair loss.
The song in question, Uptown Funk, on which Ronson teamed up with Bruno Mars, has now been watched more than 1.3 billion times on YouTube, hit the top slot in music charts all over the world and won many awards including a prestigious 2015 Record of the Year Grammy. Making it, however, was a leviathan effort.
Hair loss and anxiety attacks
Talking to the Mail On Sunday, Ronson explained that the stress of trying to finish Uptown Funk led to a catalogue of health issues. “I had everything going on,” he said. “Hair loss, anxiety attacks, vomiting and finally collapsing in a restaurant.”
He also told the Daily Mirror that the “long, grueling experience” of making his album Uptown Special had visible effects on his famous widow’s peak. “I’d lost an inch off my hairline because I was so worried,” he recalls, adding that he thinks his hair, which he continues to wear in his signature pompadour style, is now “frozen, holding its ground.”
Age-wise Ronson, 40, is in prime Male Pattern Baldness territory as this hereditary and exceedingly common hair loss condition is evident among vast swathes of the world’s 40-something men. Recent pictures suggest that the DJ still has a slightly receding hairline, which is one of the classic signs of genetic hair loss, although a thinning crown is just as common.
Could stress have triggered this genetic condition? Absolutely – as long as he had an existing inherited predisposition towards the condition, whether it had already started to display or not. While the genetic susceptibility for losing hair to MPB can wait decades to kick in, experts do believe that stress can speed up its onset or exacerbate its prevalance in those who are already showing signs of hair loss.
Of course, with hair colours ranging from jet black to peroxide to silver over the years, Ronson has, perhaps, been a little unkind on the bouffant locks that have served him so well. Cumulative damage to his scalp could certainly have played a part. However, this is unlikely to have brought about this particular type of thinning, with male hair loss the more likely contender.
Don’t believe me? Just watch…
On the subject of his hairline now, Ronson told the Mirror, “…I’m growing older, so it’s going to go back, there’s nothing I can do.”
This is a common misconception and despite often being perceiving as ‘the beginning of the end’, there are actually two clinically-proven hair loss treatments available to help combat male pattern baldness.
Navigating which of these MHRA licensed and FDA approved treatments is right for you – given both can be used individually or in tandem, with or without supplementary non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products – can be tricky so a consultation with a dedicated hair loss specialist, can be helpful.
You can see many examples of Belgravia clients who follow personalised hair loss treatment plans featuring one or both of these key medications, based on to their specific level and pattern of shedding, medical profile and lifestyle needs, in our Success Stories gallery. So, in the words of Mark Ronson’s smash hit, “don’t believe me? Just watch“!
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.