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The attention on Prince Williams Baldness

Updated on April 23, 2013

Why All The Talk About Prince William's Hair?

Members of the Royal Family have been making headlines for years. The attention has little to do with government or politics, but rather the intimate details of their personal lives. It seems that the public is transfixed on the subject of his receding hair!

While the baldness of some celebrities is treated with complete acceptance by their fans, this is not the case for others. Being royalty, it seems that people expect him to look like Disney's version of prince charming, complete with a full head of hair. And perhaps it is somewhat alarming that he doesn't quite fit this image.

Thinning At An Early Age

As someone who "would be king," it seems that many people expect Prince William to fit the classic Disney image of a royal prince from movies like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White

Prior to this point, he had a full head of hair that was always cut in a conservative and timeless style. Also he bears a very strong resemblance to his beloved mother, Princess Diana who was considered to be quite beautiful.

Another reason why people seem to be paying so much attention to Prince William is due to his young age. He started losing his hair when he was about 25 years old.

However, this is not uncommon. Many young men do start noticing the signs of baldness during their twenties.

But it is probably a bigger deal for someone who is expected to inherit the British throne.

Strong Genetics

Genes for pattern baldness will code for receptors on the hair follicles that are not resilient to the effects of DHT. DHT stands for dehydroxytestosterone. It forms when the hormone testosterone breaks down. Due to the weakness of the receptors, the follicles will miniaturize. And hair will become thinner or fall out.

Apparently, this condition runs in the royal family. And Prince William is a great example of how the genes for baldness does not necessarily come from the mother's side.

His father, Prince Charles started losing his hair closer to 30. And both his paternal and maternal grandfathers were also bald.

Royal Wedding

According to the Huffington Post, Prince William's hairline was a hot topic for the press in Great Britain, with headlines like "hair to the throne."Much of this attention became quite prevalent due to his wedding to Kate Middleton.

Around the time of his wedding, even Psychology Today posted an article, "Prince William's Bald Spot Shines At Royal Wedding," with the subheading...Prince William's bald spot goes viral.

And some media sources even went so far as to surmise that he proposal may have had something to do with his hair loss. According to this theory about balding men in general, they are often more eager to settle down due to the anxiety of losing their hair and their good looks.

But Prince William has referred to Kate as his "rock." And the two seem to be genuinely happy together. So these suppositions about why he chose to get married when he did, remain as speculation.

Justin Bieber on Prince William's Hair

Just about everything Justin Bieber does and says becomes news. However, with the type of influence wielded by the young the pop star, he might have considered using a little more discretion when making comments about Prince William's hair. He told UK's Rollercoaster Magazine:

"I mean, there are things to prevent that nowadays, like Propecia...I don't know why he doesn't just get those things, those products. You just take Propecia and your hair grows back. Have you not got it over here?"

In addition to all the other reasons why people have been paying so much attention to Prince William's hair loss, this Bieber outburst probably played a very big role. Although he is correct in saying that there are ways to prevent baldness, his statement was criticized by many.

Focusing On Charitable Works

With all the attention placed on Williams' depleting hair, many people are not aware of his active role in philanthropy.

He (along with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) set up a Royal Wedding Charity Fund. Instead of giving gifts, guests were asked to donate instead to this fund which would help benefit 26 charities, including those that would help the homeless and cancer patients. Other charities supported by William include:

(1) Beat Bullying
(2) National Aids Trust
(3) Help for Heroes
(4) Prince's Rainforest Project
(5) Teenage Cancer Trust

While hair loss is something that is quite noticeable, it never quite captures the true and total picture of who the individual is.


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