Shannon Karaka is best known for his TV appearances on Home And Away, the 2020 season of The Bachelorette and winning the Mr Polynesia, Australia title. The 31-year-old hails from New Zealand and grew up in western Sydney. His career history includes working in sales, and he’s the founder of Get Happy Co – a Hawaiian shirt company that supports mental health. He’s a CrossFit enthusiast and loves dabbling in tech investing in his spare time.
I’d never thought much about how important my hair was to me until I started noticing some hair shedding when I was 23 years of age. I was unsure why it was happening at the time, but what I did know is it was really affecting my confidence.
Apart from the fact that I thought I was too young to go bald, I was also thinking about pursuing an acting and modelling career, so the timing couldn’t have been worse.
As it turns out, my grandfather on my mum’s side was bald, so genetically, things weren’t looking good for me. I knew that if left untreated, I’d probably go bald, too.
Like most guys, visiting a doctor in-person to discuss my hair loss wasn’t something I was keen on, so I started researching other solutions online. Let me tell you, there’s a jungle of hair loss information out there! And, as I came to learn, a lot of the advertised ‘treatments’ aren’t based on any solid scientific evidence, or they just want to take your money and not actually help!
Luckily, I ended up coming across Mosh during my search. Turns out I’d actually dealt with them during my time working at Google. They were an up-and-coming start-up backed by the founders of Tinder, so I was already familiar with their brand and service.
Their online doctor consultations really appealed to me because it meant avoiding the awkwardness of seeing my GP face-to-face. I know a lot of people are a little embarrassed to talk about hair loss openly and in person, so this type of service is perfect for that. They allow you to do everything online, including text-based consultations with a doctor as well as share videos or images. The experience was seamless!
Fast forward a few years and I’m still the proud bearer of a full and healthy head of hair. My bushy mane has since appeared on The Bachelorette 2020 (where I reached the final three!) and on Home And Away in 2017, where I played one of the River Boys. Good times!
So, in the spirit of helping other blokes in my predicament, I’d like to share a bit about my Mosh experience and how they helped save my hair.
What Is Mosh
Mosh is an online men’s health clinic. It was started by two Aussie guys who believed there had to be a better way to address men’s health issues and reduce the stigma around getting help for problems related to hair loss, sexual health, mental health and skincare.
If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t have addressed my hair loss issue as soon as I did.
The service provides a discreet consultation with an Australian GP who specialises in men’s health issues. It’s all done from the comfort of your home, on your schedule. That means no awkward GP waiting room visits or spending days of your life trying to self-diagnose with Dr Google! It’s also great for guys who might otherwise find it difficult to get access to treatment, either due to location or lifestyle challenges.
How Does Mosh Work?
Once you enter the Mosh website you simply navigate to the area of your health concern – in my case, hair loss. From there, you answer a few short questions about your health and medical history. It only takes two minutes or less.
After the questionnaire is complete, and assuming you’re eligible for treatment, you’ll be contacted within a few hours to arrange a no-obligation text, call or video chat with an Australian doctor.
What I love about the process is that it’s entirely automated, so you don’t have to go through a bunch of sales staff to get the medical advice you need. Also, all the doctors are Australian-qualified and know their stuff when it comes to hair loss. The consultation process ensures you’re properly assessed and you receive a treatment plan that’s appropriate for you.