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Is it so bad to be bald?

10:38 UK time, Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Experts say they have discovered what they believe is the root cause of male pattern baldness. How important is it to find a 'cure'?

The US team told the Journal of Clinical Investigation the fault lies with the stem cells that make new hair. A manufacturing defect means the hair produced is so small it appears invisible to the naked eye.

It may be possible to 'cure' male baldness by restoring the normal function of these cells, the experts hope. Ultimately a cream that helps thicker hair grow could be developed.

Are you bald? Would you be glad of a 'cure' to your baldness? Have you had treatment for baldness?

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    At 64 I suppose I am lucky to have roughly two thirds of the hair I had thirty years ago, which is odd as my father was bald on top at 45, and my mothers hair was not her crowning glory.

    However if I was younger and was thinning I would welcome any form of treatment, in fact if they perfect this I will try it, dependent on expense to get back to three thirds coverage.

  • Comment number 2.

    Better a bald head than no head at all.

  • Comment number 3.

    Are you bald?

    As a coot.

    Would you be glad of a 'cure' to your baldness?

    No – Hair today, gone tomorrow.

    Have you had treatment for baldness?

    Yes, I tried to like our politicians. It worked. More hair dropped out.

  • Comment number 4.

    It never hurt Yul Brynner or Telly Savalas. However you have to be able to carry it off as they did and the image sold to people today is not bald so bang goes the confidence.

    If only Terry Wogan would come out of the closet then many more men might feel better...

    By the way bald is better than Scargill, J Charlton type comb overs....

  • Comment number 5.

    yes and no!

    you dont have to worry about your hair EVER!! just get up and off you go!

  • Comment number 6.

    Is it so bad if your (insert name of body part) rots off? What a stupid question, of course it is bad if part of your body falls off, who the heck wants their body to rot? Nobody wants the decay associated with old age and why the devil should we put up with it? The implication of this question is that there is something vain or greedy about men wanting to retain their hair as they age. Well personally I find this attitude offensive and sexist. Good luck to the scientists who may one day find a way to keep our bodies working better as we age.

  • Comment number 7.

    I have no problem with getting 'thin on top'.

    As I get older...I might be going balder but my ears, nose and eyebrows have never had so much hair. Perhaps I could do with a special shampoo for them as 'I think it's worth it'.

    I have even heard some people even say that they need the extra solar power that baldness brings for...various reasons...

  • Comment number 8.

    I started going a bit thin in 2006 so I decided than rather go down the dreadful comb-over route or having my hair cut so it looked like I was trying to disguise the fact, I had it all shaved off. The best thing I ever did!! I bought some top notch hair clippers and I do my own hair two or three times a week. The clipper paid for themselves in a month, I save a fortune on shampoo. I have never had so much 'attention' from both men and women ;-)

  • Comment number 9.

    To Magi Tatcher the VAT HYS was near an end but just think you pay less VAT because you do not need to buy shampoo anymore. Soap is cheaper so less VAT! Stuff the Goverment lets all go bald.

    I note some actresses portrayed in films as bald are quite attractive.... but imagining others that way is not good.

    I have accepted that I am going bald so I am off to buy a lollipop as I already have the hat.

  • Comment number 10.

    Is it so bad to be bald?

    NO!!
    My husband has lost almost half his hair at 36 & so shaves the rest. I love him & his lack of hair makes no difference.
    He doesn't like it because he says he bangs his head a lot, apparently hair acts as some kind of early warning system. Can any other bald/ing men corroborate this, or is he just clumsy ;)

  • Comment number 11.

    Bald is beautiful baby!

    I wonder whether this is the real reason Brucie didn't get his so-called "well overdue" gong in the honours list...

    Next thing you know the Spanish Government will ban being bald in public places and we'll all be up in arms at the extra VAT on wigs.

  • Comment number 12.

    10. At 1:06pm on 05 Jan 2011, RubbishGirl wrote:

    Is it so bad to be bald?

    NO!!
    My husband has lost almost half his hair at 36 & so shaves the rest. I love him & his lack of hair makes no difference.
    He doesn't like it because he says he bangs his head a lot, apparently hair acts as some kind of early warning system. Can any other bald/ing men corroborate this, or is he just clumsy ;)


    My wife says I seem to bang my head a lot as well....maybe there is money in this investigation. Ok we'll split it 50/50, you watch your husband my wife will watxh me and count the number of bumps at the end of a week.


    Need a control subject so anyone with hair will do. Volunteers please.

    If it is true then HSE policies will have to be rewritten for bald persons. That should promote and industry....wait a minute we might just save the economy.....

  • Comment number 13.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 14.

    Excellent point John, could be a real money spinner & create jobs in the process. Bald men would be entitled to have their own risk assessment, the same as pregnant women. I will monitor my husband carefully in case he is subjected to unnecessary risk.
    Of course workplaces would have to be redesigned, removing any head height obstacles, such as shelves. Or possibly protective equipment could be developed to avoid the problem. I'm thinking a little cap with those parking sensors on, so it beeps whenever your head comes within 5cm of a hazard. Think I'll go & call Dragons Den :)

  • Comment number 15.

    13. At 1:27pm on 05 Jan 2011, potatolord wrote:
    Bald people get sunburned in winter and freezing cold in summer.

    As to that ridiculous trend of shaving your head to pretend you're not going bald... hahahaha

    Baldness is a sign that you're getting old or that you have defective DNA. You lose.


    Coming from a feudal ruler of starch-based hairless tubers, that is rich indeed!

  • Comment number 16.

    14. At 1:29pm on 05 Jan 2011, RubbishGirl wrote:
    ...Of course workplaces would have to be redesigned, removing any head height obstacles, such as shelves. Or possibly protective equipment could be developed to avoid the problem. I'm thinking a little cap with those parking sensors on, so it beeps whenever your head comes within 5cm of a hazard. Think I'll go & call Dragons Den :)


    *Puts on Duncan Bannatyne voice*

    Ahem, now why should I buy your device and not just get a wig?

  • Comment number 17.

    Rubbishgirl....are you shorter than your husband?....just that when I was a young engineer an older colleague had a theory.....

    Like the cap thing...saw an artist with a camera bolted to his head...bit drastic that.... possibly plugins....better make sure the Chinese or Indians have not got some already...

    When are you on Dragons Den? I'll ring in a few times to vote for you..

  • Comment number 18.

    potatolord - or, it's a sign that you're an athlete or you've been using radiotherapy. What an ignorant, insensitive and quite frankly despicable comment yours is.

  • Comment number 19.

    Is it so bad to be bald?

    Another incisive debate on the pressing problems of the day [that is if you are bald].

    Hair is not just about cosmetic appearances, it protects the head from overheating in summer and it keeps heat from escaping through the head in winter.

    I cut my hair short in the summer months, and allow it to grow overlong in the winter.

  • Comment number 20.

    Fake Duncan ColourSarge.....You should not buy a wig because, well, my little cap, like, beeps dude! Also wigs are rubbish couldn't possibly be available in as many fabulously funky coulours & styles as the "No Bump" (the name's under consideration, I'm open to alternatives)

    John Mc.... nope, not shorter, much to his chagrin we're exactly the same height. (which was great on our wedding day as I got to wear flats, rather than crippling heels, to avoid being taller than him)
    Unfortunately Fake Duncan ColourSarge may have spotted the flaw in an otherwise totally brilliant invention, by coming up with a viable alternative. However I do have the exciting range of colours & the beep is definitely a Unique Selling Point so I will continue to work on the prototype.

  • Comment number 21.

    I wish they'd concentrate on a cure for bunions........

  • Comment number 22.

    I'm starting to lose my hair from the front. However, what I've lost from my head is reappearing on my back! I'm awaiting the emergence of hair from my ears with anticipation.

  • Comment number 23.

    Here we go again yet another benefit for the NHS to waste our money on.
    Lots of middle age men shave their heads so that they can, as they believe,appear younger, (or well 'ard). We don't need to indulge in this cosmetic nonsense and in particular we don't need to spend tgaxpayers money on it.
    If you want a thatch get a wig or go to the states for plug-ins, but not on my money!

  • Comment number 24.

    A cure for baldness may not be so important but it could lead to cures for worse conditions. I'm hoping for a cure for some types of deafness one day. That might involve stimulating the growth of sensory hairs in the inner ear.

  • Comment number 25.

    I'm not bald myself, though over the next 20 years I expect to have less hair.

    I think any advancement in the biological field is a good thing. Though it won't be a cure it will be a solution to many men who don't want to be bald. Some men say they don't mind it but it's not really a choice, and I expect that given a choice (not a toupee or some dreadful painful surgery, they would go for the mop.

  • Comment number 26.

    Is it so bad to be bald?

    No idea, why don't you ask Terry Wogan or Bruce Forscythe?

    Poor old Brucie; his rug wouldn't look more false if it had a chinstrap.

    I still have the same amount of hair that I've always had - problem is that most of it now sprouts from my nostrils, ears and eyebrows. I would rather the scientists worked on stopping my ears sprouting than curing baldness.

  • Comment number 27.

    Remember we came from Apes and they where covered with hair.
    We lost that hair and became man.
    Bald men are just another genetic advancement of man.

    Sorry I don't want fixing, I'm happy being bald...... and evolutionary advanced.

    After watching the missus fight every morning, I'm happy without!!
    Quick wash and its dry before I exit the bathroom :-)

  • Comment number 28.

    "18. At 1:45pm on 05 Jan 2011, Chief Laughs-at-Trolls wrote:
    potatolord - or, it's a sign that you're an athlete or you've been using radiotherapy. What an ignorant, insensitive and quite frankly despicable comment yours is."

    Thanks.

    How many footballers are bald then? Higher prevalance in general society?

    I'll assume you're bald and unhappy about it. Never mind, maybe you can be an athlete?

  • Comment number 29.

    13. At 1:27pm on 05 Jan 2011, potatolord wrote:

    "As to that ridiculous trend of shaving your head to pretend you're not going bald... hahahaha"

    Have always thought that was because shaving looked better than patches of hair, flopping around like Bobby Charlton, rather than trying to pretend?

    And it is worth research - unfortunately in this ever increasing materialistic world we live in, a man, particulary a young mans confidence and self esteem can be very low if going bald.

  • Comment number 30.

    I cannot understand how people can be so insensitive about the follicley challenged.
    The root of the problem is age and hormones.
    For some men as you get old your male hormone levels drop causing you to become a slap head or chrome head, colloquially speaking.
    I have heard them mention that it is a solar battery or it is because they are too virile etc…
    I suppose you have to cling to something, even if the nits cannot.
    Personally I, having a healthy head of hair, have to keep getting it cut and styled.
    It is a nuisance, time consuming and costly.
    How lucky bald people are.

    What?

  • Comment number 31.

    23. At 2:01pm on 05 Jan 2011, Peter Buck wrote:
    Here we go again yet another benefit for the NHS to waste our money on.
    Lots of middle age men shave their heads so that they can, as they believe,appear younger, (or well 'ard). We don't need to indulge in this cosmetic nonsense and in particular we don't need to spend tgaxpayers money on it.
    If you want a thatch get a wig or go to the states for plug-ins, but not on my money!

    ---------------------

    What are you talking about?

    This research is done in the USA and there's no treatments availible yet as a result. Nothing to do with the NHS or any tax payers money, but don't let that stop you having a stupid rant!

  • Comment number 32.

    On a scale of 0 to 10.I would rate finding a cure at -5.
    In other words there are more important things to find cures for.

  • Comment number 33.

    When I was a kid I always wanted one of those bald wigs they use to advertise in comics – “fool your friends and save money on haircuts with a life like bald wig”. Well I don't need a wig now – well not a bald one anyway. But as Phil Silvers said – “bald? – what do you mean bald – I’ve got hair I don’t even use”.

  • Comment number 34.

    Following a very stressful period of my life I developed alopecia,not wanting the patchy look I shaved it all off. The intrest from many,many females led to my stress levels falling and my hair growing in the patches where it did not before. I still shave my head.

  • Comment number 35.

    Well, personally, I blame Margaret Thatcher, or possibly Tony Blair.

    I know this is totally irellevant to the discussion but I figured it was only a matter of time before somebody said it, so I thought I would get in first.
    I'm off down the pub now; anyone care to join me for a pint or seven?

  • Comment number 36.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 37.

    Surely there are less frivolous things for scientists to be doing?

  • Comment number 38.

    Well when we have cured all the illness's that lead to death, then it may be time to start worrying about vanity. PRIORITIES. Lets waste time and resources on searching for a cure for baldness and not worry about terminal illness's.

  • Comment number 39.

    I've been going bald since I was in my late teens. To be honest it is not something I ever think about! The only bad thing is that it had reduced my protection from sunburn and so caused skin cancer after about 40 years. If you are bald, wear a hat that protects the top of your head and your ears.

  • Comment number 40.

    I expect that a 'cure' for male baldness would be welcome to some people, but not at the expense of the taxpayer i.e. NHS. Any procedure should be treated as cosmetic surgery, to be paid for by the client.

  • Comment number 41.

    Dearly beloved, who is sporting a very monk-like tonsure, says that he's solar-powered!

    His brother went almost completely bald very quickly at the age of 20, and for years they'd exchange joke presents such as furniture polish and plant food.

    In summer, he always forgets to put any sun block on the bald patch, so wears a very smart Panama hat instead.

    But he'd not dream of seeking medical help about it. It's perfectly natural... just like my long grey hair :)

  • Comment number 42.


    I am not bald but I have one white hair! it is a suprise because my hair is always black. We have found it last sunday. Am I happy or what? I dont know yet.
    Being bald is something.I dont know yet either. it makes you look like yul brynner. Like King and I movie. I want to sing the nuki nuki song now.
    What? Dont look at me that way, you wont be able to see my white hair. it is at the back of me head even I cant see it alone.

  • Comment number 43.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 44.

    38. At 2:23pm on 05 Jan 2011, th3_0r4cl3 wrote:
    Well when we have cured all the illness's that lead to death, then it may be time to start worrying about vanity. PRIORITIES. Lets waste time and resources on searching for a cure for baldness and not worry about terminal illness's.

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    I understand your concern.

  • Comment number 45.

    Is this piece of trivia really a subject for HYS?

  • Comment number 46.

    30. At 2:12pm on 05 Jan 2011, reflector2 wrote:

    The root of the problem is age and hormones.
    For some men as you get old your male hormone levels drop causing you to become a slap head or chrome head, colloquially speaking.
    I have heard them mention that it is a solar battery or it is because they are too virile etc…"

    Hmm, slightly wrong there. A prime cause of male pattern baldness is a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which helps the development of male sexual organs. In some people, there is an apparently genetic tendency for the follicles on the scalp to be sensitive to this hormone, and this causes hair loss. The same hormone often increases body and facial hair, at the same time as inducing scalp hair loss.

    So, baldness is not caused by a 'loss of hormones' - without the hormones men wouldn't be bald (men with DHT deficiency have underdeveloped genitalia, and never suffer from male pattern baldness)

    So, there may be something in baldness being related to increased virility...

  • Comment number 47.

    John Mc....
    Brilliant! You are officially hired to do all my PR.
    Suggest we join Devilsadvacate1 in the pub to discuss advertising strategy.

  • Comment number 48.

    35. At 2:17pm on 05 Jan 2011, devilzadvacate1 wrote:

    Well, personally, I blame Margaret Thatcher, or possibly Tony Blair.

    I know this is totally irellevant to the discussion but I figured it was only a matter of time before somebody said it, so I thought I would get in first."

    Actually, Hitler wasn't bald, so obviously all men with hairy heads are evil.

    There you are - Godwin's law trumps unnecessary political references.

  • Comment number 49.

    "13. At 1:27pm on 05 Jan 2011, potatolord wrote:
    Bald people get sunburned in winter and freezing cold in summer.

    As to that ridiculous trend of shaving your head to pretend you're not going bald... hahahaha

    Baldness is a sign that you're getting old or that you have defective DNA. You lose."

    I'm sure that I read somewhere that baldness is caused by high levels of testosterone so bald men are meant to be more virile. I could be getting mixed up with an urban myth though!

    My partner currently has a full head of hair but I'd hope that I wouldn't be so shallow as to go off him just because he went bald, just as I hope that he won't go off me when I get all saggy and wrinkly!

  • Comment number 50.

    Don't our new breed of metrosexual political leaders have lovely hair! Imagine how much better Churchill would have been if he had a hair transplant and access to hairspray. I blame Thatcher who was PM during the 1980s. Therefore responsible for our no talent, big hair, X-factor culture.

  • Comment number 51.

    i dont mind the baldness its just i'm bored with the same hair cut, or not if you know what i mean.

  • Comment number 52.

    All I know is that in the UK the number of balding men has increased dramatically over the last few years which suggests that the progenitor cells are failing due to an exterior cause.
    Perhaps it is a genetic mutation via the mercury poisoning from when millions of households burnt coal and coke up until the 1980's, similar in it's effects to other biological creatures which included baldness, a preference to homosexual relationships and depressed testosterone.

  • Comment number 53.

    Many women suffer a thinning of their hair. I wonder if this treatment will also be effective for them. Somehow it seems more acceptable to see a bald or semi bald man but the same lack of hair on a woman invariably causes comment.

  • Comment number 54.

    Bald tax anyone?

  • Comment number 55.

    i think there ar far more important things than ones vanity accept baldness as something hatural only should matter to those who are baldd or going due to health problems the rest should be thankful it loss of hair not loss of ones life due to ilmess such as cancer

  • Comment number 56.

    I'm 24 and going bald. One of these days I'm going to the Dr's with a "oh Dr Dr my baldness is affecting my life physiologically and psychologically blah blah" then the lovely tax payer can pay for my operation on the NHS :) hehe

  • Comment number 57.

    Hair is just superficial, it serves no useful purpose, it blows about in the wind and it costs money and time to keep it tidy. All the advantages are with baldness.

  • Comment number 58.

    My other half has been bald since his early twenties - I'm so relieved - I've seen the before pictures!

  • Comment number 59.

    37. At 2:21pm on 05 Jan 2011, Arthur1958 wrote:
    Surely there are less frivolous things for scientists to be doing?
    -------------------------------
    Like what Arthur1958?
    Dr Nutt? – Taking ecstasy is less harmful than horse riding.
    QED Legalise all drugs.
    Dr Crame?- Drinking red wine is more healthy for you than drinking white wine.
    QED Get as drunk as you like (provided it on red wine).
    ETC….
    99% of scientists do frivolous things, it is how they make money and get grants.

  • Comment number 60.

    Perhaps it is a genetic mutation via the mercury poisoning from when millions of households burnt coal and coke up until the 1980's, similar in it's effects to other biological creatures which included baldness, a preference to homosexual relationships and depressed testosterone.

    ...you mean Boy George?

  • Comment number 61.

    Lovely cash-in opportunity for those involved.
    Publicity is a great value as no prosperity without it.
    Smart way for HYS to support the budget of BBC...
    :)

  • Comment number 62.

    Who started this thing that bald is bad? I have not yet met a woman who cared one jot whether a bloke had lots of hair or none at all or inbetween. It's like saying "I won't date men with blue eyes".

    I think it is a conspiracy on the part of men with hair who want to give themselves an advantage!

  • Comment number 63.

    Baldness is a wonderful thing. Without it my shiny-headed mate Al would never have got the nickname O'Pecia. Top quality.

  • Comment number 64.

    I started losing my hair fairly young. It isn't that bad if you didn't have to have it pointed out every time you have a family event, and by every friend you have as in "say, you know you're getting bald".

  • Comment number 65.

    OK so its lets attack the chrome domes, slap-heads, bald as a coots, baldies.

    When will it be a crime to have no hair ?

    I've been loosing my hair since 17yo I keep my hair, (whats left of it) very short with clippers without any of the combs attached, it looks much more tidy than when its sprouting out at varying angles making me look like a mad scientist.

    I have never tried to hide it no point it just makes it more noticeable. Some males loose their hair earlier some don't loose their hair whichever group you are in there are far more important things to be cured before baldness like cancers for a start, get on with your lives and stop worrying about the fur on top of your head

  • Comment number 66.

    37. At 2:21pm on 05 Jan 2011, Arthur1958 wrote:

    Surely there are less frivolous things for scientists to be doing?

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    Frivolous! No chance. This research will possibly exist because of the actual goal they are aiming for or it will open up more doors for scientists to achieve more. The maketability of a hair growth product is fine for mass market but it only a byproduct of the overall potential.

    Remember that viagra was developed to ease heart problems. The end result was something very different but taught scientists more about their study.

  • Comment number 67.

    53. At 3:02pm on 05 Jan 2011, thomas wrote:
    Many women suffer a thinning of their hair. I wonder if this treatment will also be effective for them. Somehow it seems more acceptable to see a bald or semi bald man but the same lack of hair on a woman invariably causes comment.


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    ok, I am exercising on this. There is Sinead O'connor? I once had boys hair, almost like none and mom loved it. Aliens dont have hair but you love them in the movies? E.T for example? it was even ugly. The problem begins when you become a wave length or water-like substance as an alien. Only in very absurb situations you can recognize them.But they deserve recognition I admit.

  • Comment number 68.

    There are some - usually entertainers or actors - who fear the ageing process and will spend copious amounts of cash on trying to maintain a youthful look. That said, there are many - including entertainers and actors - who realise that our society designates the older man as having an air of authority and (occasionally) more sexuality. Take Sean Connery as an example.

    Now, in my forties, I am getting very bald but find it doesn't affect my day-to-day living. If anything it becomes a bit of a boon. I am one of those who gets their hair cut really short, and this is easily achieveable with hair clippers. I have saved loads of money on haircuts and have a timeless hairstyle that's easy to maintain.

  • Comment number 69.

    People should be able to choose if they want to have hair or not.

    Genes have to much say in who and what we are and I for one say "Its time to fight back"

    We will defeat mother nature in the end. This is but a minor insult to our enemy.

  • Comment number 70.

    My father in law was bald from an early age. He was proud of it saying that baldness was a sign of virility.
    There is no baldness in my family, although we all went thin on top, but both my sons (in their thirties) are bald. Is it hereditary? The fact is that almost all men go thin on top to some degree in middle age. I think it is all to do with male hormones.
    My sons use clippers at home for the back and sides and save a packet on haircuts! Why not just accept it, make the most of and leave vanity to our womenfolk and Silvio Berlusconi.

  • Comment number 71.

    Too true I'd fix my slap head: you couldn't believe how cold it is when standing outside the pub for a cig. The howling gale that blows across my dome and lugs really sucks the enjoyment of having a smoke.

  • Comment number 72.

    Ah: some genius comments here today, well done one and all!
    27. At 2:09pm on 05 Jan 2011, Oh_I_Say wrote:
    "Remember we came from Apes and they where covered with hair.
    We lost that hair and became man.
    Bald men are just another genetic advancement of man."

    Balding now, I find that almost the while of the rest of my body is becoming quite hairy, so do you think that part-werewolf is yet another genetic advancement of man?

    mind you, I find that by combing the hair from the side of my head over the top to conceal my hair loss works a treat: nobody seems to notice at all!

    30. At 2:12pm on 05 Jan 2011, reflector2 wrote:

    "I cannot understand how people can be so insensitive about the follicley challenged.
    The root of the problem is age and hormones."

    Root of the problem! Root of the problem! (I myself have spent too much time working in panto this Christmas)

    Mind you: the BBC newscaster did ask an interviewee "do you think we'll be able to get a head with finding a cure now?"

  • Comment number 73.

    ColourSarge said:

    You mean like Boy George?

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Yes, but on a national scale.

  • Comment number 74.

    Quality reporting and stimulating debates as usual from the BBC.

  • Comment number 75.

    I reckon I'm lucky with hair though I'm now a retired pensioner and quite grizzly. It hasn't even receded from my forehead and I need a trim once a week to keep it manageable. Its the same with my finger and toe nails, they're flourishing like grass on a Spring day. Though I've lost four teeth, the rest are pearly white and in excellent condition. Could this be because I don't take sugar and haven't done so for well over twenty years?? Fruits and veg are my favourite diet to go with fibrous root crops and poached fish or the lean meat from chicken or other games. I avoid dairy products like butter, margarine, cheese and full-cream milk. Above all I do not fry my food while cooking; I bake, boil or poach instead, and I'm certain you too can enjoy them like I do. HAVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE IN 2011 AND BEYOND !!

  • Comment number 76.

    63. At 3:31pm on 05 Jan 2011, Camel_Filters wrote:
    Baldness is a wonderful thing. Without it my shiny-headed mate Al would never have got the nickname O'Pecia.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    I'm sure that's true. I know my friend Dan Druff longs to be bald.

  • Comment number 77.

    53. At 3:02pm on 05 Jan 2011, thomas wrote:
    ...the same lack of hair on a woman invariably causes comment.

    Absolutely. I love a brazilian.

  • Comment number 78.

    Aged 67 I still have most of my hair, and I would like to keep it. However, whatever happens I will just accept it and let nature take its
    course. Having said that, I do not like the modern shaven head look. As they say up here - 'Better grey hair than nae hair'.

  • Comment number 79.

    More "luxury" worries.

  • Comment number 80.

    Hopefully this will help a few people.

    I have found over the years that whenever I use a "poncey" shampoo it always makes my hair fall out. Therefore I have stuck to using Vosene for the last 25 years and still have all my hair. Whether this is scientific or not I have no idea but it works for me.

  • Comment number 81.

    31. At 2:12pm on 05 Jan 2011, Fitz13 wrote: In response to my 'rant'.
    My response should have been prefixed with ..."we don't want the NHS to copy our cousins in the USA as has happened so frequently in the past thus lumbering the British taxpayer with added expense for barmy cosmetic ideas. and then I should have gone on to say that, " I bet some HYS will react to my suggestion about shaved heads". However, the message is still the same regardless of your nationality. If you want cosmetic surgery for your normal baldness you should pay for it.

  • Comment number 82.

    My wife likes my hair longish, though I would rather have a buzz cut, so in my estimation, baldness is a thing rather to be desired. Now that scientists understand the root cause of baldness, they can work on a cure for hirsuteness. Given the profusion of hair on the rest of the body that comes with getting older, that would be welcome by many.

  • Comment number 83.

    I'm not bald, expecting to go that way in the years to come, but it doesn't bother me. My wife is mortified at the idea of me losing my hair though.
    Anyway, all of you people saying that it's a waste of time looking for a cure to baldness, obviously you don't suffer from the constant wind-ups that people get when they get the male pattern extended forehead.
    Some people lose it early in life & it can make them very self conscious. This work may also pave the way for treatments for other related issues, maybe combined with radiotherapy so cancer sufferers don't lose their hair. Or ladies, such as Gail Porter, who may appreciate a 2nd chance at flowing locks.

  • Comment number 84.

    Hey ColourSarge:

    Post the code to allow quotes on HYS please?

  • Comment number 85.

    Being Bald is great.

    [1]. No sitting around under Hair - Dryers
    [2]. Nothing for anyone to pull while playing Sports.
    [3]. No expensives "Perms" or wasting your time sitting around in the Hairdressers.
    [4]. Looks great - when Sun - Tanned.
    [5]. No needs to buy a Comb, or Brylcream.
    [6]. No one can tell how old you really are, since - No Grey Hairs.
    [7]. No touch-up's needed.
    [8]. Easy to clean when dirty, or wet from Rain.
    [9]. No Dandruff, or Nitt's.

    Perhap, someone can give the advancages of having a Head of HAIR.

  • Comment number 86.

    I have been bald since my late teens too. Of course it bothered me at that age and let's face it, the 70's were all about hair; usually bad hair! I haven't been to a barber in 30 years $$$ saved. Sure comments like spudhead's sometimes get to me, how could they not when someone makes derogatory remarks about something you can do absolutely nothing about. Hey, that's my problem.
    Strangely enough, over the years, I have noticed that about 95% of the derogatory comments come from women- unsolicited.
    All that matters is that my partner of 28 years could care less.

  • Comment number 87.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 88.

    If you have the regular features of say, David Beckham, it doen't look too bad. If you have a head like a turnip, unusual ears, assymetrical facial features and so on, shaving your head just draws attention to this and is deeply unattractive. One of the first things the Nazis did to the Jews was shave their heads, to dehumanise them amd remove their individuality.

  • Comment number 89.

    The only good thing I have to say about my looks and my body is that I'm bald. Besides, just think of the money I save on hair-care products.

  • Comment number 90.

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  • Comment number 91.

    I am 60 years old and have shaved my head since I was 50,why? I got fed up with tiny side and back of head hairs which made me look 25 years older than I actually was.Being bald has never bothered me and think of the money I save on haircuts!

  • Comment number 92.

    It can be very distressing to some people especially if they go bald young. The person who comes up with a cure will become a billionaire.
    Go ahead! Get to the root of the problem! (Sorry, I couldn't resist)

  • Comment number 93.

    I have a slightly premature bald patch, it bothers me a bit but not much. I guess it could trigger death anxiety and attractiveness anxiety. Is it a boardroom asset to be bald these days? Some business people seem set on believing trivial things matter or on making them matter, self fulfilling style (tv and bookstore psychologists too).

  • Comment number 94.

    I once had a very sore heel. After taking Chinese herbs for a few months small stubbs (like shaved men's whiskers) started to come up all over my scalp. I asked the Herbalist and he said "Yes, has hormones". My heel hurt for a year more but my hair grew out much thicker. That's what baldness needs. Hormones.

  • Comment number 95.

    Further to my previous post, if my partner went bald it would save me the weeks of nagging I usually have to inflict upon him whenever he needs a haircut! He seems to have nearly grown himself mullet this time.... Eeek! LOL

  • Comment number 96.

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  • Comment number 97.

    Who comes-up with these HYS topics? Aren't there more important topics we can debate?

  • Comment number 98.

    As someone who started to lose his air at just 21, yes it did bother me. But, unlike today, many young men tried to cover it up often with no success at all. Remember Bobby Charlton's flowing side bit?
    Today young not only accept the situation but keep it close cut all over and it usually suits them.

  • Comment number 99.

    I am not bald, but I would not seek to restore the hair if I were to go become bald. In a world where many people value their worth based on their appearance, I can see why so many are interested on reversing the condition. People go through grueling surgeries to keep themselves looking young or trying to look like somebody else. It is a shame - a case of extreme low self worth.

  • Comment number 100.

    I understand that male baldness is genetic. Men get the "baldness" gene from their maternal grandfather. So guys, look at your mother's father and you'll see what's in store for you.

 

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