- Giorgos Tsetis, 30, who is from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but lives in New York, was 21 when he noticed his hair falling out in clumps
- The model, who has posed for luxury brands such as Armani and Versace, started taking Propecia to stave off male pattern baldness
- The medication cost him his libido, but he still took it until he was 27
- Giorgis now credits his full head of hair to Nutrafol, a vitamin supplement he created with his business partner Roland Peralta
A male model has revealed that he gave up sex for six years in exchange for thick, lustrous hair after the medication he was taking to prevent him from going bald led to sexual dysfunction.
Giorgos Tsetis, 30, who is from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but lives in New York, was 21 and working with famed photographer Steven Meisel, posing for Vogue Italia and booking work with luxury brands, including Armani and Versace, when he noticed that his hair was falling out in clumps. ‘It's common in men's modeling and a very big concern,' he told Mashable.
There's isn't even a handful of models whose hair is receding, so to have a full set of hair is a prerequisite in landing any job,' he added.
After a make-up artist was forced to fill in his forehead during a photoshoot because of his receding hairline, Giorgios started taking Propecia, which is an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of male pattern hair loss.
However, impotence, loss of sex drive, and trouble having an orgasm are among the side-effects of the drug.
And although he suffered from a low libido because of the medication, he continued to take the it for six years in order to remain and in-demand model.
Giorgos's choice almost cost him his girlfriend, who considered leaving him at the time, but ultimately chose to stay. As a student studying engineering in Amsterdam, he found himself consumed with thoughts of the loss of hair hair – and libido, recalling how his ‘confidence as a man went down the drain'. Upon learning that more than 500 men in Canada filed class-action lawsuits claiming that finasteride, a key ingredient in Propecia, left them impotent even after they stopped taking it – Giorgos quit the treatment once and for all.
Despite the benefits, the model decided that giving up his love life forever wasn't worth the risk.
‘It came to a point where not getting laid trumped getting laid off,' Giorgos explained. However, it is now three years later, and Giorgos's hair is as abundant as ever, a miracle which he credits to Nutrafol, a vitamin supplement he created with his business partner Roland Peralta, who previously worked for a shampoo brand.
The holistic supplement, which retails for $88 for a month's supply, claims to re-balance damaging hormones and repair damaged follicles for healthier hair.
And when it comes to his once stagnant sex life, Giorgos said he got his libido back and things have ‘never been better'.
Finding another way: Eventually, the male model decided to stop taking the drug, explaining that ‘it came to a point where not getting laid trumped getting laid off'
Ultimate solution: Giorgos has now found a natural remedy to his baldness, which he developed with his business partner, Roland Peralta, who previously worked for a shampoo brand