England cricket captain Alastair Cook has two reasons to celebrate; the English cricket team managed to retain the Ashes with a fourth test win over Australia at Chester-le-Street, and he managed to retain his hairline in the process.
The England cricket captaincy often appears to have robbed previous incumbents of their hair, a curse Alastair Cook has so far managed to avoid. Previous captain Michael Vaughan underwent a high-profile hair transplant in 2009, whilst Andrew Strauss appeared to lose a significant amount of hair during the last few months of his tenure.
Age, fitness or something else?
At just 29, Cook could be expected to have age on his side when it comes to hairlines, but statistics show that nearly a third of men his age will already have begun to experience significant hair loss. The percentage of men affected increases in line with age, so by the time Cook reaches 40, he has a 40% chance of encountering a receding hairline or thinning on the crown.
As a professional sportsman, Alastair Cook is undoubtedly in good health. Regular exercise will help maintain blood flow to the scalp and the rest of his body, crucial for delivering nutrients to the hair follicles for new growth. As part of his training regime, Cook will also be subjected to a regulated diet that provides all the vitamins and minerals to keep his body and hair in peak physical condition.
Despite this healthy regime, Cook’s greatest ally in keeping his hairline is actually his genes. Male pattern baldness, the most common form of hair loss in men, is actually caused by a genetic condition which changes the hormone testosterone into an androgen known as DHT for short. DHT inhibits the growth of new hair cells, causing older hair to fall out and preventing normal regrowth. The more hair that falls out and is not replaced, the more obvious the receding hairline becomes.
Hair loss can start at any moment
Male pattern baldness, or Androgenic Alopecia to give the condition its proper name, can begin at any moment. The fact that Alastair Cook is not yet showing signs of hair loss does not mean that he will not at some point in the future.
Treating male pattern hair loss
The good news for men experiencing hair loss through Androgenic Alopecia is that there are some very effective treatments that can prevent further shedding and promote regrowth. The Belgravia Centre creates custom hair loss treatment plans for clients that often include the medications minoxidil and Propecia, which assist blood circulation to the follicles and inhibit the effects of DHT, thereby allowing new hair regrowth.
At The Belgravia Centre, we also create unique formulations in our own pharmacy that include other ingredients thought to boost hair regrowth, such as Azelaic Acid and caffeine. Known as hair growth boosters, these custom treatments are unique to The Belgravia Centre.