'I'm seriously thinking of getting them tattooed': Louis Theroux shares alopecia update as hair loss affects his eyebrows

28 November 2023, 20:33 | Updated: 28 November 2023, 20:48

Some 100,000 people in the UK are affected by alopecia, according to the National Institute for Health.
Some 100,000 people in the UK are affected by alopecia, according to the National Institute for Health. Picture: Instagram/Alamy
Jasmine Moody

By Jasmine Moody

Louis Theroux went to Instagram to ask fans for advice on his facial hair loss after revealing that a portion of his eyebrow hair has gone.

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The famous documentary maker had previously shared a photo on his social media earlier this year, which displayed gaps in his facial hair.

He pinpointed the hair loss as "probably" resulting from alopecia.

On Monday, the 54-year-old posted a short clip on his Instagram page, highlighting that a chunk of his eyebrow hair has gone.

The journalist and broadcaster wrote: "I'd like to know how I'm supposed to continue a career based largely on raising and lowering different eyebrows WITHOUT ANY EYEBROWS!!

"I'm seriously thinking of getting them tattooed back on but it feels like a big step! Thoughts?"

The British-American broadcaster has been candid with fans about his experiences with hair loss.

In July he also came to Instagram and posted: "Oh jeez it looks like the alopecia has migrated up to my eyebrow.

"I realise you aren't all awaiting every update on its progress but I want people to acclimatise to the new partially depilated me and not freak everyone out by suddenly appearing in public like a half-plucked elephant bird with no forewarning.

"So this is where we're at. I'd really like to keep my eyebrows, but it's out of my hands at this point ... tho I have started taking vitamin D and something called biotin."

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Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss and affects people in different ways.

This can include the thinning or a total loss of hair, according to the NHS.

Some 100,000 people are affected by alopecia, according to the National Institute for Health.

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