Baldness is not
always inevitable, and the amount and rate of loss can often be
diminished with the correct treatment. Different treatments work for
some people but not for others, all of which we will be looking at
in greater detail in later pages..
That age old saying
that we always hear "You never get a second chance to make a
first impression" always seems to spring to mind when people
are worried about hair loss. While it may not seem right that people
should be judged on their looks, our society still does not accept
people as they are but how they look or rather how we perceive the
way they should look. If someone is at all self conscious about
their hair before meeting people, then inevitably they will lose
confidence and probably cause embarrassment to themselves by
worrying unduly. Unfortunately it is difficult to persuade people
not to worry needlessly about such things, however much we try.
Hair and its beauty
have long been associated with youth, virility, strength and
sensuality and has always been considered a sexual object by both
A common, but rather
sadly misleading statement is that bald men are more virile and make
better lovers, thus compensating for the lack of hair. The truth is
that hair loss will not make a man more virile, it is just a myth
put about by bald men to try and make up for their loss of hair.
Hair loss is definitely not a sign of virility despite the rumors to
the contrary. Although for a lot of people it would be wonderful if
it were true.
It is often commented
that bald men can be extremely attractive, but the only person who
seems to be named is actually Sean Connery. This seems pretty
contradictory as in most of the movies that he has ever made he is
usually wearing a wig or hair piece of some description, it is very
seldom that he actually ever appears as a bald headed hunk. If Sean
Connery were not a super star and household name then the chances
are that he could walk down the street unnoticed, and would probably
not be considered a sex symbol. Apart from Sean Connery, virtually
all the other male sex symbols have fine manes of hair, which would
suggest that public opinion is that, for a man to be sexy, he should
appear with a full head of hair, and unfortunately public opinion is
what sets the fashion trends in our society.
Hair and the Body
The whole body is
actually covered with hair except our lips, the soles of the feet
and the palms of our hands. Body hair is called villous hair and is
a fine and downy hair type, particularly on a female.
Amongst animals hair
is a protector from the cold and rain. Whilst hair is not so
physically vital to survival for humans, the psychological effects
of an attractive head of hair are immense.
We have a head of
hair for a variety of reasons, just as eyelashes keep dirt and grit
out of our eyes and eyebrows also prevent perspiration entering the
eyes, so to a head of hair protects the scalp from the sun, prevents
direct knocks on the head and helps to retain body heat. About half
of our body heat is lost through the scalp and wearing a hat can
help this loss dramatically, particularly in very cold spells. So a
full head of hair on our head is not just for vanity but is
extremely useful to our bodies.
Hair and Fashion
Hair is a fashion
statement, it's color and adornment can say all sorts of things
about a person be it their mood, attitude or outlook. Hair styles
and cuts can also express a great deal about someone. Baldness
prevents such a statement being emphasized by the individual
concerned. Everyone likes being pampered and the visit to your local
hairdresser can be a moral booster and improve one's self
confidence. Most hairdressers nowadays are sympathetic about hair
loss. If your one is not, change immediately, they should give
encouraging advice and not criticism. Besides which, a good
hairdresser helps you catch up on all the latest gossip. !!
Hair Loss and Health
The condition of hair
is usually a very good indication of the general state of your
health. Some doctors can tell a great deal about someone just by a
quick look at the hair. Hair analysis has for a long time been big
business in America where you can send a sample of hair to a
laboratory to be examined for the lack of minerals and protein. You
will then be given a detailed report telling you which vitamins you
are deficient in. This service of course makes the companies vast
amounts of money, but in reality your doctor could tell you the same
thing by a quick examination. Now there are a few clinics in this
country which have started the same service. It costs around seventy
pounds to have the hair analyzed to ascertain how the body is
operating internally, the vitamin and mineral levels, bowel toxicity
and general dietary efficiency. How much this will tell you about
stopping your hair loss is open to question, and is probably not
worth the paper it is written on. Hair analysis is very open to
debate as often a similar sample of hair can get totally different
results depending on who is carrying out the tests. These clinics
then usually want to sell you the vitamins or minerals that you are
apparently deficient off. Be very wary of the usefulness of this
type of analysis as it is only going to cost you money and will not
really tell you anything.
Part of he Norwood scale for determining stages of hair loss
Hair and Style
Most men, when they
first notice hair loss on the crown of the head, try to disguise the
fact by sweeping their hair across their scalp to cover the bald
patch, everyone has heard the expression about having a "Bobby
Charlton" style. This gives them a slight covering on their
crown, but the problem this causes when the wind blows revealing a
bald head underneath can be extremely humiliating. There are much
better ways to have the hair styled.
When men lose their
hair they always retain a band of hair round the back and sides of
their head, this is known as the "monks fringe". This is
so called from the days of the early Christian order of monks when
they all had their heads shaved in that style to make every monk
appear less sexual so even in these ancient times, hair was regarded
as a sexual object.
Once there was only
one course of action to disguise baldness, wear a wig and stick it
over the bald patch. Now there are a number of choices, all claiming
to give a full head of natural or natural looking hair. The success
of these can be extremely varied from the spectacular to the
transplants, fiber implants, hair weaves, hair bonding, hair
thickening sprays and rub on lotions and potions to promote hair
growth, some which work well, others not so, and many not at all.
sprays can be used, giving very good results but eventually there is
not enough hair to hold it and ultimately the spray is applied
directly to the scalp. This effect looks pitiful but it appears to
give some people a touch of reassurance that at least they are doing
something about the problem.
One of the most
humiliating experiences a man can suffer is when his friends or so
called friends begin to make fun of his unfortunate circumstances.
Many men can put up with leg pulling but eventually the joke wears a
bit thin. Someone can only put up with being called
"baldy", "slaphead" or "chrome dome"
for so long. Sooner, rather than later this type of ridicule will
get anyone down. Baldness can be funny but only to other people.
Always consider before commenting on hair loss. If everyone tried to
consider other peoples feelings before they make such comments,
society would be less critical about hair loss in general. Everyone
is probably guilty about commenting on peoples hair. Meeting someone
you haven't seen for a while, the comment is normally "your
looking a bit thin on top nowadays" or "I see you have a
touch of gray appearing". If we could all try to think before
coming out with such remarks we could all help make the world that
little bit better.
Most men would love
to shop around and find out what the various treatments could do for
them and what they would cost, unfortunately the vast majority of
men are too shy or embarrassed to do anything about it and most of
the Consultants can be very intimidating and are very well trained
in high pressure sales tactics.
There is Hope
There is hope
however, and hair loss can certainly be slowed down and in some
cases even halted. There is no instant cure though. Anyone suffering
hair loss must be patient. The regrowth period for hair is about two
years with a three month resting phase. Hair grows at the rate of
about half an inch a month so it takes about a year for six inches
to grow and that can seem like a very long time if you are waiting
for a head of hair to appear.
However most of us
are, understandably, in too much of a hurry these days and
unfortunately anyone with advancing hair loss is even in more so.
Such people can be the targets for unscrupulous clinics and
hairdressers who make outrageous claims offering all manners of
cures to the problem. These offers nearly always cost financially
and even more so emotionally, when the advertised claims are not
Have patience and
always look on the positive side of your dilemma and you will be