Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Professor, can't face going bald? Fear not

Middle-aged man? Can't face going bald? Fear not. Combovers and weaves are out and hair transplants are on the rise.

Patrick Barkham, The Guardian, Wednesday 5 January 2011:

The mockery never stops. It was once jokes about dodgy syrups or slapstick featuring windblown combovers. Then a virtual team of cricketers, from Graham Gooch to Shane Warne, were dispatched into back-page magazine adverts but failed to erase the embarrassment associated with hair-loss treatments. "All that money and he's still got hair like a dinner lady," spat Boy George of Elton John, who appeared to confront his receding hairline with various fancy treatments over the years.

The scorn kept sprouting up, even this week when Gordon Ramsay has been ridiculed for looking "shockingly pale and bloated," as the Daily Mail put it, days after he had reportedly undergone a state-of-the- art hair transplant at the swanky Alvi Armani clinic in Beverly Hills.

But behind the social stigma of the balding that affects 25% of men in their 20s and 60% of men before they are 40 is a more shocking development: hair transplants are getting quite good, and men are starting to boast about their flash new rugs. Read more>>

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