He may be royalty but that didn’t stop Prince William’s former colleagues from poking a bit of fun at his ongoing hair loss. The prince recently returned to RAF Anglesey in Wales, only to find his former winchman instructor had lost none of his sense of humour. Master Aircrew Rik Maving, spoke of his return: “It was nice to see him again. He hasn’t changed much apart from he’s lost a bit more hair. Hey, we’re all getting older!”
His comments have come about as it has been noticed that 33-year-old Prince William has been sporting more of a receding hairline. For William, hair loss began throughout his late 20s and it can be a common occurrence for a lot of young men.
Of course male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is a natural process and occurs thanks to our genetics, and hair loss can also occasionally be due to physiological stresses. It doesn’t require any treatment but if you would prefer to have a full head of hair then there are treatments available.
Below are some of the most common forms of treatment for both men and women who have androgenetic alopecia.
Hair loss medication
There are medicines available to help prevent and reduce balding and hair thinning, Rogaine is an example of one. They aren’t available on the NHS but are one of the most freely available options for you.
These treatments are topical and require you to apply them to your scalp on a daily basis. The balding process will usually return once treatment stops therefore if you want it to be successful you must maintain the treatment.
Transplants are one of the most effective and lasting ways to combat baldness, as well as being the only opportunity for you to fully regrow your hair. There have been many high-profile transplant cases and the procedure has improved immensely over recent years.
Though still in its infancy, L’Oreal scientists have created a 3-month treatment at hair salons that reportedly increases oxygen levels in the scalp as hair loss is attributed to people whose scalp has an oxygen deficiency. The treatment strengthens hair and even reactivates dormant follicles.
Hair loss supplements
Many companies provide hair supplements to ensure you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients that your hair needs in your diet. Whilst these might not prevent balding, they can help strengthen your hair and ensure you maintain a balanced diet.
As Prince William has embraced the closely cropped hairstyle in recent months, a possible solution is scalp micropigmentation which recreates the appearance of a full head of hair, albeit one that is shaved.