There was some bald talent on display at the 2009 Glastonbury music festival but it would appear Will Young is just one musician who, like a lot of young men today, is taking his hairline into his own hands.
The ‘Hopes and Fears’ singer started using the hair loss treatment Propecia to help his hair grow back, according to The People, and he still uses it to maintain his new hair growth. “I love my hair,” Young reportedly said. “I take Propecia pills for my hair, because I started losing it four years ago.”
Like the 30-year-old singer from Berkshire, most men start to notice early signs of hair loss like thinning hair or a widow’s peak in their 20s. And while it affects 80% of men at some stage of their lives, many are today truthfully revealing its impact on their image.
“It’s a horrible thing – it’s emasculating and you just feel you aren’t sexy anymore,” Young said.
Propecia is one of two clinically proven treatments that, unlike other hair loss products, has been licensed and approved by medical regulatory bodies. This means that as well as being proven to stabilise and reverse hair loss in men, it is also safe to use in the recommended dose.
In fact Propecia’s key ingredient, finasteride, has for years been used in the treatment of prostatic enlargement (prostate cancer). Likewise, minoxidil, the second of the two clinically proven hair loss treatments, has been safely used for years to help lower blood pressure. These days, Propecia and minoxidil are prescribed and administered differently and are specifically designed to help stabilise and control hair loss. Will Young is just one of thousands who, to public knowledge, uses at least one of the treatments to achieve successful results.
“The pills worked and my hair grew back,” he said. Even lead guitarist in Metallica, Kirk Hammet said “I make no bones about it. I’ve had some help.” Refering to his use of minoxidil, Hammet attests “Take it from me, it ****ing works!”
Depending on your diagnosis, a medically-trained hair loss specialist might prescribe a combination of Propecia and minoxidil to help achieve superior results. Minoxidil is essentially a hair growth stimulant (although the exact mechanism of how it works is not clear), and Propecia is an inhibitor of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the actual cause of male hair loss in a lot of cases. Together they are like a lethal weapon in combating hair loss. But again, there are little things that can help augment their effectiveness.
Looking after your health as well as your scalp will ensure your hair has the best chance of healthy regrowth. Smoking and high fat diets have been associated with hair loss, for example, and adequate intake of iron and protein has been shown to help maintain optimum hair quality. Essentially, our hair is often a barometer of our health and looking after yourself while tackling hair loss with clinically proven treatments, and maybe some hair growth boosters, may help improve their results.
For any further information or if you would like to book a free consultation with a medically-trained hair loss specialist, contact The Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666. Alternatively, just fill in an online diagnostic form and submit to find out what the professionals would say about your condition.