Archive for January, 2013

Hair Loss in History!

According to recent research, more men in the UK are worried about hair loss than men from any other European country – but they are also least likely to do anything about it. When we uncovered these surprising survey results a couple of weeks ago, we guessed that many of the men who said they’d be prepared to undergo hair transplants (93%, if money was no object!) may not have heard about how many effective and more affordable treatment options there are, already available at The Brighton Hair Loss Clinic.

Although not being aware of your options can leave you losing more hair than you need to, it’s a sad fact that for much of history, people did not even have those options at all. Until the development of scientifically-proven remedies like Minoxidil, Propecia and Low Level Laser Therapy, there was no way of combating hair loss that actually worked – instead, there were lots of ineffective treatments, from honey to chicken dung! It is therefore unsurprising that many of Britain’s most famous people from history suffered from hair loss.

Voted the greatest Britain of all time by the BBC in 2002, Winston Churchill was a great war leader and a tremendous orator. Although best known for his cigar, his hat, and the V for Victory sign, Winston Churchill also had a noticeably bald head.
Another less famous but nonetheless important British Prime Minister who lost his hair was the Labour leader Clement Attlee. Serving from 1945 to 1951, Attlee inaugurated the NHS, oversaw the dismantling of the Empire, and nationalised several bankrupt industries that, after the Second World War, would otherwise have gone bust.
Charles Darwin is another famously bald Briton. Also notable for a rather impressive beard, the combination of a bald head and thick facial hair indicates a now widely-known fact about hair loss – that it is often linked to high levels of the androgen hormone testosterone.
A more surprising figure from history who suffered from hair loss is Queen Elizabeth I. She contracted smallpox in 1562; an infection that scarred her skin so much that she lost half of her hair and was forced to rely on wigs and cosmetics to mask the impact. Despite this, she successfully defended Britain from the Spanish Armada, and oversaw a great flourishing of the arts during her reign.
Thomas Becket, the famous Medieval Archbishop of Canterbury, would also have a bald patch – but intentionally so. As a member of the clergy, he would have had to maintain a bald patch on his crown as a sign of his status. Unfortunately for Thomas, his head is also famous for other reasons – he was beheaded by renegade knights in 1170.

The present situation:
Although all these people lost their hair for a variety of reasons, those of us living in the modern day have two options when it comes to hair loss; go bald gracefully, as many men in the UK and other countries are more than happy to do, or find an effective hair loss treatment programme if you would prefer to keep your hair for the foreseeable future. The Brighton Hair Loss Clinic’s bespoke treatment plans are designed with you in mind, and integrate scientifically proven therapies to ensure you achieve the best results.
If you’re interested in finding out more, why not book in for a FREE Consultation by calling 01273 646500 or submitting your details via our contact page

Are bald men more manly?

Are bald men more manly?
A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania, Albert Mannes, has raised a few eyebrows with a report suggesting that bald men appear ‘tougher and more powerful’ than others. Hollywood hard men like Vin Diesel and Bruce Willis are cited of men conforming to this apparent stereotype.

In the first phase of the experiment, 60 participants were asked to look at a series of photos of men who were similar in age and attire but with differing amounts of hair, and to rate them on a number of ‘masculine’ traits. When the results were averaged, men who had shaved their heads were ranked as the most powerful, influential and authoritative.

The second phase of the study showed volunteers pictures of the same men, one with hair and one digitally altered to make them appear hairless. Again, men in the totally bald pictures were perceived as being stronger, taller and more powerful than the same man with hair.

The bald facts:
On the face of it, men experiencing hair loss should be encouraged by these findings, but there are still a few caveats in Mannes’ study. For instance, men who with thinning hair did not rate anywhere near as “masculine” than their totally bald counterparts; Mannes suggested solution was for men with receding hairlines to simply shave off their remaining hair.

The other key finding in the report, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, was that men with a full head of hair were still rated as the most attractive.

Shave or regrow?
Dealing with hair loss on a personal basis is never as simple as scientific studies suggest. Male hair loss has long been linked with a fall in self-esteem and self-confidence, and studies such as Mannes do little to help men affected.

For many men, a receding hair line can be particularly traumatic and shaving whatever remains could be a step too far. Fortunately, it is often possible to regrow the hair that has been lost, rather than shedding that which remains.

Bald and bold look not for you? At The Brighton Hair Loss Clinic we offer Free No Obligation Consultations. In the Consultation we will determine the best therapy for you and put together a treatment plan designed to promote natural hair regrowth and prevent ongoing hair loss.

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