Luckily, I don’t have a problem with hair loss. I come from generation upon generation of men with extremely thick hair (ask any of my hairdressers and they’ll complain of near carpal tunnel). I can’t imagine what it’s like to wake up in the morning to find your own hair lying in clumps on the pillow.
I can’t imagine being a prince either, and a balding price at that. Sure, life is “great” for the newlywed William – gorgeous bride, world tour, great food, five star accommodations, gold plated everything (I can only dream) – but being that
famous is also very alienating. The guy has no privacy and any time he leaves the palace or his hotel every single thing about him is photographed, criticized and analyzed, ad nauseam (as evidenced by this very post). And things don’t look to be improving for poor William. His hair is falling out with the relentless regularity of the changing of the Buckingham palace guard.
One of the most convincing, and surprising people to come to William’s defense recently, however, is Jennifer Anniston. Known for her iconic “Friends”-do, “The Rachel”
, Jen had this to say
about the prince’s hair: “I think he should just let whatever’s happening happen. Don’t you?... Well, now if we see him with a hair transplant, we’re going to be like, ‘Oh, he had a hair transplant."
She is so right on. If prince William got hair implants, started using Rogaine, endorsed the iGrow
hair helmet, used a product like Reluma, or even sported a wig, the whole world would jump all over him, calling him insecure, self-conscious, and vain. Those are not supposed to be royal traits.
What price William does have are royal genes. His dad Charles is bald, and his granddad, Philip, had a rather thin head of hair. It could be this hair loss is due to a history of wear and tear from sporting so many crowns and ornate military hats, it could be stress related, or it could just be genetic, inherited, uncontrollable, and totally natural.
Like I said, I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I do have a very full head of hair. But just because my lineage doesn’t suggest I’ll be reaching for a wig anytime soon, statistics suggest one day I will. 73.5 percent of men over 80 experience hair loss
. About a quarter of all men begin balding by the age of 20 and about two-thirds (that’s a majority, folks) begin balding by the age of 60. As I walked down Fifth Avenue on my way to lunch, I couldn’t help but notice the number of men that were totally bald, balding or thinning. Obviously this trait is natural and obviously this trait trives. So I wondered why?
There is no consensus why in evolution baldness happened. One theory
that caught my attention, however, was that balding was desirable because it indicated a man’s social maturity and wisdom. (Jokingly, I picture a cave man sitting in a cave rubbing the hair off of his head as he thinks.) So, if this theory holds true, prince William’s early balding is proof of a history of men who had to act old and wise at an early age, which sounds very natural to the anatomy of a prince, indeed.
And who's to say bald or balding men can't just be flat out attractive? Jen certainly still thinks they can be, "I think there's nothing wrong with it, like Ed Harris. Gorgeous."