Yesterday former England football player, Alan Shearer, celebrated his 39th birthday. He is currently on a family holiday in Portugal, possibly getting away from the stress of negotiations over his beloved club Newcastle United.
On the 2nd August it was reported that Shearer will be back at the BBC next season as a commentator and will not return to St James’ Park to resume his role as manager of relegated club Newcastle. Although Shearer has said he would “dearly love” to return to the role with the club where he scored 206 goals in 404 appearances, Shearer could not, in the eight games he managed last season, prevent the club being relegated.
In July the Guardian ran a story entitled “Alan Shearer ‘tearing his hair’ out over Newcastle sales delays”. It was made known that 2 of 3 of the potential buyers were keen to employ Shearer but owner Mike Ashley refused to install him while negotiations were continuing in case a buyer emerged who did not want Shearer. The newspaper reported that a source said, “Alan’s tearing his hair out… The days keep passing and still nothing happens”.
Although stress can make hair loss more severe, Shearer ‘s thinning hair is probably a result of male pattern baldness. For 8 out of 10 men with hair loss, the cause is genetic and usually starts when a man is in his 20s or 30s. Back in 2004, the Sunday Mirror’s columnist ‘The Beast’ ran a scathing piece on the footballer that said, “Alan Shearer is surely the dullest, yet most arrogant, player ever to jog his way around a pitch” and concluded that Newcastle (who he played for at the time) would “be a far better team without balding Al”. Baldness is not something that only happens to middle aged men; Shearer was 35 at the time.
While some men feel comfortable going bald, for many it is a distressing experience. There are, however, ways to prevent further hair loss and restore hair. It is important to research the options; there are only two hair loss treatments have been proven, in clinical trials, to be safe and effective for men; these are Minoxidil and Propecia.
If you are suffering from hair loss, it is recommended to seek an accurate diagnosis from a doctor or hair specialist. The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations. Please call 020 7730 6666 to book an appointment or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.