It was this stuff:
I read the blurb with some interest:
"Stop excessive hair loss.
Reduce access to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
Reduce conversion of Testosterone to DHT
Promote healthy hair growth
Contains Zinc and Vitamin B6 (P5P form)"
Wow. That's amazing, I hear you cry, but how does it work?
Well, here comes the science bit:
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and Hairloss
It is universally (universally!) agreed that men and women with male/female pattern baldness have increased levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp, which contributes to a shortening of the growth phase and a thinning of the hair. Testosterone is converted to DHT when in the presence of the enzyme, 5 alpha-reductase
In the presence of Nanoguard, the conversion of Testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone is effectively blocked, meaning the cause of hairloss is partially eliminated and conditions for follicle growth are optimal.
How does Nanoguard A work?
Nanoguard blocks the activity of 5 a-reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting Testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone. This enzyme is present in the scalp and hair follicles at high levels. By blocking this conversion, the levels of the androgen DHT are reduced, which stops the shedding & miniaturisation. This also revitalizes & protects the hair follicle and creates an environment conducive to healthy hair growth.
Hmm. That's interesting. So a shampoo can help to arrest hairloss in both men and women? And only £15 a bottle? Where can I get me some of this miracle product?
Oh hang on..... it's all bollocks, isn't it? Aren't male and female pattern baldness caused by totally different things? Is a shampoo really likely to affect that process?
As you may know, I'm a bit of a slaphead myself:
Speaking as a man with hairloss, I really don't see what the big deal is. Sure, I'm fascinated by the way my hairline is retreating on several fronts all at once. I'm also mildly curious why all of the other men in my immediate family still full heads of hair... but have I ever wished that I could make it stop? Have I ever stared enviously at another man's luxuriant mane? Nope. Not really. What would be the point? I've got the hairline that I've got, and that's the end of it.
With this in mind, I've always been amused by the lengths that some people will go to try to either cover up or even to reverse their baldness. Have brush-overs ever fooled anyone? Do they start when a young man first notices a little tiny bald spot and innocently parts his hair over the spot? Does this simple act commit you to a brush-over for life? As your bald spot gets bigger and bigger, do you find yourself sweeping that single lock of long hair further and further over your pate? What about drugs? I watched someone on telly once, a young man, responding to the news that one of the side-effects of taking Rogaine was that it could rob you of your libido. He thought that this was a trade worth making: hair in exchange for your hard-on.
No. Just no.
So I looked at this shampoo bottle, shook my head sadly and put it back where I found it.
Was I remotely tempted to use it? No.
Did I hurry away from the shower cubicle after my shower just in case the person who went in after me chased me up the changing rooms after me trying to hand "my" shampoo back? Yes, I did.
Bald and proud, me.
Well, certainly bald anyway.
As a footnote to all that Morrissey stuff last week, do go and read this in the Guardian - it's the author of that piece, Tim Jonze, in the NME telling his side of the story. The article is interesting, I suppose, but the whole thing is worth reading just for the comments, which quickly degenerate into the predictable slanging match, but are notable for the contributions of Andrew Collins, Jon Wilde, the author and others. Does it add anything to the debate? Nah, but it's funny watching people trying to have a reasoned debate on an open internet forum. Surely everyone knows that's an impossible dream.....?