The twists and turns in Joey Marquez?s private as well as public life may be far from over.
But the latest development in his life, unlike the scandal he was once embroiled in with you-know-who, seems destined for a happy ending.
Thanks to Svenson International, Marquez, 46, has found an effective?and hopefully lasting?solution to his thinning hair, which began in his late 30s.
?In my case, it was more stress-related than hereditary,? he said. ?During the time I was in public office, I?d wake up and find countless strands of hair on my pillow. I think the problems of running a city took its toll not on my health, but on my hair.?
Although the hair loss was gradual, the condition soon became noticeable that friends started calling him ?monsignor? because of his thinning crown and temporal areas.
Marquez felt offended, but he tried to shrug it off at first. There was no denying the fact, however, that the condition lessened his confidence and self-esteem.
?You tend to look older with less hair,? he said. ?Nobody wants to look old, especially if you?re in show biz. I intend to be classic, not old.?
After undergoing a series of topical treatments at the hair clinic?s Makati and Alabang branches since September, the comedian and former mayor of Parañaque has regained not only his full head of hair, but also his confidence.
?Despite my busy schedule, I made it a point to go to Svenson?s at least once or twice a week,? he said. ?The time I spent was worth it. I started noticing improvements as early as the second month.?
During out-of-town shoots, Marquez brought the cocktail of hair solutions with him and religiously applied them himself on his scalp. The most potent potion in the anti-bald regimen, which he now knows by heart, is called thrico-DHT inhibitor.
The substance stimulates hair growth by inhibiting the male hormone testosterone from accumulating around the hair bulb and forming dihydrotestosterone or DHT, a by-product of certain enzymes and the main culprit in premature balding.
A friend pointed Marquez in the direction of Svenson after he had tried a number of treatments, including ?medicated? shampoos and injections in the United States. Marquez was at first skeptical.
?None of them really worked for me,? he said. ?It was either I go bald all the way or wear a wig. I?d rather die than wear one. I thought Svenson also did toupees and transplants.?
When he learned that Svenson was different and ?all natural,? he was finally convinced to give it a try. For starters, he was told the topical treatments were made from a mixture of potent and natural herbs, and not from chemicals.
Teresa Cruz, Svenson Makati?s resident trichologist (an expert on various hair and scalp disorders), first addressed Marquez?s problem by ?correcting the scalp environment.? This involves, among others, cleaning the scalp and arresting hair loss.
?DHT is responsible for hastening the atrophy (degeneration) of hair follicles,? she said. ?That?s why it?s important to begin treatment at the first signs of hair loss.?
After six sessions, Cruz started to introduce Marquez?s scalp to thrico-DHT inhibitor. Whatever hair Marquez had at this stage of the treatment would be his to keep for life, she assured him.
The total price tag depends on the extent of treatment. Marquez is philosophical and pragmatic about it: ?You can earn back the money you spend [at Svenson], but once your hair is completely gone you can never grow it back no matter how much money you have.?
To this day, friends, even strangers, still cannot believe their eyes when they see Marquez with his lush new hair. They think he is wearing a wig. Some are even brazen enough to tug at sections of his hair.
Marquez is more amused than annoyed. If that is one downside to regaining his crowning glory, this man isn?t complaining.