Gareth Bale has made headlines around the world, becoming the most expensive football player in history. Bale’s €100 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid is one of the most talked about events in the history of football, seeing him join the new way of “Galácticos” playing at the Bernabeu.
Yet despite playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs, could the pressure of constantly being in the spotlight have a negative effect on his hairline?
Historical evidence for hair loss at the Bernabeu
The original group of Galacticos had very different experiences of hair loss. Luís Figo still retains a full head of healthy black hair despite retiring from the playing in 2009. David Beckham, who played for Réal Madrid between 2003 and 2007 still has a decent amount of hair on the top of his head too. That said, questions have been raised in the past as to whether David Beckham has experienced hair loss.
However team mates Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo – not to be confused with Christiano Ronaldo – were far less fortunate. Former France and Réal captain Zidane has experienced male pattern balding from a relatively early age, playing most of his career with a shaved head. Brazilian international Ronaldo also finished his career with a bald head, choosing to disguise, rather than repair, his receding hairline.
Stress-related hair loss
Hair loss experts have demonstrated a correlation between stress and hair loss through a condition known as Telogen Effluvium. Closely associated with severe stress, Telogen Effluvium causes hair to stop growing – the hair itself falls out around 3 months after the trauma. Were Bale to experience hair loss as a result of the stress surrounding his high profile transfer, the signs would not become visible until around December this year. Stress can also trigger the most common form of men’s hair loss, male pattern baldness.
Former Galacticos clearly did not experience significant hair loss as a result of Telogen Effluvium, however, as the shed hair generally regrows of its own accord.
The latest Madrid super-signings appear to have fared much better with their hairlines. Midfielder Luka Modric must wear a hairband to keep his long fringe in check. And despite opting for a shaved head, striker Karim Benzema is still capable of growing a full head of healthy hair.
Stopping hair loss before it starts
Although it is not technically possible to stop hair loss before it starts, it is possible to reverse the effects before anyone notices the difference.
There are two medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for the treatment male pattern balding. One is Minoxidil, which is applied to the scalp twice a day. A High Strength Minoxidil – which can be applied in seconds – has been shown to consistently achieve regrowth results for Belgravia clients with a receding hairline, as well as other signs of male hair loss.
The second proven and licensed medication is Propecia, which can only be used to treat male hair loss, as it is unsuitable for women. Propecia (finasteride 1mg) works by blocking DHT, the androgen hormone that damages hair follicles, leading to thinner (or no) hair being produced.
Because Minoxidil and Propecia work in different ways, the most effective way to treat male hair loss is to combine them as part of an holistic hair loss treatment programme that may also include hair growth boosters and regular check-ups to monitor your progress.
Everyone is different so there is no ‘one size fits all’ hair loss treatment programme we could recommend. If you’d like to explore hair loss treatment options, please contact us online or give us a call today on 020 7730 6666 to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experts.
You can also complete our online consultation form which enables us to make a remote diagnosis of your condition and send our hair loss treatments directly to your door, wherever you are in the world.
The Belgravia Centre
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