how to cover up that bald patchYou’ve just been to the barber and he’s held up the mirror for you to admire your neckline and then, horror of horrors, you spot a patch of skin where there should be hair, right on top of your head. For many this is a defining moment, the split second when you realise you’re actually ageing and the first glimpse of mortality.

Don’t need to wear a hat all the time

So, what’s to be done? Well the first thing to remember is DON’T PANIC! You’re in the group that forms the majority of men. You don’t need to take to wearing a hat at all times or, even worse consider some kind of Bobby Charlton style comb over because the second thing to know is that there is a range of modern ways to tackle hair loss that are surprisingly effective. You could try one of the various compounds available for ingesting or rubbing on to your scalp. These can be surprisingly effective in stemming hair loss although they only work as long as the course of treatment is being followed. Transplants are becoming increasingly popular with balding men and the procedure has come on leaps and bounds in the last decades. A week doesn’t go by without a celebrity or sportsman revealing his newly transplanted follicles to the tabloid media. The downside is that it’s still a surgical procedure and it’s not cheap. £10,000 won’t get you very far down that route.

SMP could be the way forward

One of the most recent innovations for the balding man is also fast becoming the most popular treatment available. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) creates the illusion of real hair using organic pigments. Highly skilled professionals develop a 3D layered look over 2-3 sessions which is indistinguishable from a real close cropped buzz cut. If you can adopt the style, then it’s a great option because it’s cheaper than a transplant and non-invasive. It requires zero maintenance and it’s permanent. If your hair is just thinning then the results can be even more effective as it creates the impression of volume, dulls your shiny scalp and makes the most of what you have left. So, if you want to avoid flinching next time the barber holds a mirror up to the back of your head pop along to your local hair loss clinic or check them out online to see what the options are.

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By Ian Watson

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