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    The bald and the brave: which countries refuse to lose their hair?

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      It’s no secret that baldness is a preoccupation for a lot of men, but it’s also a hugely stigmatised issue. That got us wondering - which countries spend the most time worrying about how many strands remain on their heads? 

      There has always been a stigma about men starting to lose their hair. Will they shave it off at the first sign of a receding hairline? Will they try to cover any emerging bald patches with a combover? Or will they retain a full head of hair until they’re in their old age? 

      We decided to figure out which countries are braving the bald look with pride, and which regions are the most concerned about their receding hairlines.  

      We wanted to find out who was worried about their loss, and who was happy to let their hair line recede. So we've taken a look at those countries who experience the most hair loss, and those populations who spend the most time googling hair loss cures. Read on to get the lowdown on our findings...

      Which countries care the most about their balding heads?

      Bald and the brave

      Malaysia is the country most concerned about going bald

      Although only 23% of their population is braving the bald look, in comparison there are a lot of searches for hair loss treatments in Malaysia. The percentage difference between the low balding population and the high interest in hair loss solutions means that our rankings show Malaysia is the country most concerned about losing their hair. 

      The US are quite worried about their hair loss

      In our study, the US ranked 5th in the list of the most balding countries, however they came in first place in the rankings of countries who are actively searching for hair loss treatments. They evidently take a lot of pride in the hair on their heads and aren’t too happy about losing their locks at an early age. It seems that American men are often found trying to find solutions for their thinning heads of hair rather than accepting their fate.

      Czechs are embracing the baldness

      It appears that men in the Czech Republic are losing their hair quicker than anywhere else, having ranked in first place for the most balding country. That said, they come near the bottom of the table, in 18th place, in the list of countries who are searching for solutions. Whilst they may be balding, you won’t catch many Czechs googling “Why is my hair falling out?!?!?” in a moment of panic. Instead, they’re more than ready to brave the shave and rock their bald heads with pride.

      The UK care about preserving their hair

      Although the UK are exactly halfway down the ranking in 10th place for the countries losing their hair the quickest, the British are still the second most likely country to be searching for baldness cures. Even though they’re not in the top 5% of balding countries, us Brits clearly care about keeping our hair firmly on our heads. 

      Spain are balding quickly, but they don’t really mind

      Spain has the second highest bald percentage of their population, but they still sit within the middle of the rankings in terms of the countries searching for solutions. So whilst they do care somewhat about losing their hair, their demand for hair loss treatments aren’t as high as you might predict for a country that’s rapidly losing their locks.

      Why is hair loss an important factor for men?

      It’s not uncommon for men to experience low self-esteem and confidence when they start balding, but what you might not realise is that these anxieties go back centuries. 

      Long, thick hair has always been a symbol of masculinity and strength, even in ancient times, and it’s no secret that hair loss also represents aging in our society. These standards have been passed down through history so it’s unsurprising that men continue to feel the emotional fallout of hair loss today.

      Losing hair can cause serious issues with self-perception and self-esteem which can cause knock-on effects in other areas of men’s lives, including in their relationships.

      That said, many men have no problems with being bald and feel confident with their shaved heads. Plenty of people choose to take the razor to their heads the second they notice thinning spots and receding hairlines, which certainly saves money on additional hair grooming costs. 

      Regardless of whatever side of the fence you fall on, nobody should have to feel embarrassed about seeking out advice when they’re going bald.
      It’s an entirely personal decision and there is help out there. Whilst there isn’t a cure for baldness, there are effective prescription treatments available to slow down loss and stimulate regrowth. 

      If you find that hair loss has greatly affected your self-esteem and mental health, it’s wise to seek out help from a professional therapist.

      Why do men go bald?

      The majority of men lose their hair because of male pattern baldness which is a hereditary condition that’s more formally called androgenetic alopecia. 
      Men with pattern baldness may notice that fewer hairs grow in certain areas, and the hairs that do grow are thinner and far more breakable than before. This is why men often start noticing their hairlines receding or bald spots cropping up on the top of their head and around their temples as they get older.

      Whilst male pattern baldness is responsible for 95% of hair loss in men, making hair loss a generally genetic problem. Other causes of hair loss can include:

      • Extreme stress
      • Illness
      • Side effects to medical treatment
      • A major life event
      • Skin disorders
      • Hormone imbalances

      What hair loss treatments are out there?

      It's true there is no cure for male pattern baldness, but there are medications that can help.

      Drugs such as Finasteride and Propecia block the hormone that causes male pattern baldness and stop it from attacking hair follicles which slows down the rate of hair loss. Treatments come in the form of daily tablets that need to be consistently taken for at least 3-6 months before you might see any effects. In fact, more than 80% of men who use Propecia or Finasteride experience an improvement, and a further 66% benefit from renewed hair growth. However, stopping any treatment may reverse these effects and could lead to the progression of hair loss.

      You can request both Finasteride and Propecia from our hair loss clinic. When you request a treatment, we'll ask you a series of questions as part of your online consultation. Your answers will then be reviewed to ensure that the treatment we prescribe is safe for you to take.

      Other methods of treatment

      Whilst Propecia and Finasteride are two of the most effective forms of treatment, other options include:

      What about caffeine shampoos?

      Caffeine shampoo is a hair loss treatment designed to stimulate hair growth using caffeine extract. It can often be found in high street pharmacies and supermarkets.

      It’s unclear just how effective caffeine shampoos actually are. Whilst it has been proved that caffeine does stimulate hair growth in a laboratory dish there is not enough evidence to prove it works with hair on the scalp.

      Generally speaking, caffeine shampoos are not endorsed by the medical community since there is no clinically viable evidence that shows caffeine shampoos have a long-lasting effect on male pattern baldness.

      Should men be worried about hair loss?

      No matter which country you’re from and whether you have a full head of hair or have been noticing hair loss, each man’s experience with balding is different. It’s natural to lose hair as you get older and it shouldn’t be something that has a detrimental effect on your mental health.
      Whether you choose to look for treatment or embrace the baldness, you should be able to feel comfortable with your own head of hair… or even lack thereof! 

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      Methodology

      We compared the percentage of individuals who are bald or balding in 21 countries with the number of people who are searching for hair loss/hair loss treatments. Based on which country is generating the highest search against percentage balding, we calculated a percentage difference between the ranks to better understand which countries are the most concerned about hair loss. 

      Rank 1 = Cares the most. Rank 21 = Cares the least

      References

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6706984/
      https://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/introduction.html
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022202X15529357

      Authors & editors

      • Reviewed and updated by

        Dr Sameer Sanghvi
        GMC number: 7085078
        Date published: 5th November 2021

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