At just 26, Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere may seem on the young side to be experiencing the genetic condition male pattern hair loss, but photographs taken over the last eight or nine years suggest it has actually been in the post since his teens.
Whilst often associated with middle-aged or older men, male pattern baldness can strike at any time post-puberty and, as it is a permanent condition, can take many years to progress.
Whilst, as a man’s features develop during puberty, he may experience a maturing hairline where the hairline becomes more rounded, this is not a sign of hairloss. Should the hairline start to move back or develop into an M or V shape, known as a widow’s peak, where the hair recedes at each temple, this is a classic sign of genetic hair loss.
Receding hairline forms widow’s peak
Recent photos of the player suggest that this is exactly what is happening with Wilshere, whose hairline has been slowly changing over the last decade. Pictures of the footballer taken when he was 16 show a horizontal hairline, which appeared to soften into a maturing hairline by aged 17. By the time he hit 20, a widow’s peak was starting to appear and now at 26, he is obviously receding at the temples and experiencing male pattern baldness.
As new shots posted by Wilshere on Instagram clearly show, he has both a receding hairline as well as notably thinning hair on top. These are typical symptoms of male pattern hair loss, which only affects follicles located around the top of the scalp and hairline. It is also becoming increasingly common for men to start losing their hair in their 20’s – a phenomenon thought to be brought on by the stress of modern living speeding up the onset of androgenetic alopecia.
What many men don’t realise is that hair loss can be treated effectively using clinically-proven, MHRA and FDA approved medications. Wilshere and his peers certainly don’t need to go down the same route as Wayne Rooney and several other footballers, who opted for expensive hair transplant surgeries. Instead, non-surgical hair loss treatment for men is well proven, less painful, and produces more gradual results.
Male pattern baldness has two MHRA and FDA approved medications – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – which have been shown in clinical trials to stabilise existing shedding, promote hair regrowth and prevent baldness with on-going use.
Belgravia offers clients tailored hair loss solutions based on their unique pattern of shedding, their medical profile and their lifestyle. These are often combination courses which include appropriate applications of high strength minoxidil, which are used topically and are particularly useful for stubborn areas of hairloss such as the hairline or crown, in tandem with the oral DHT-blocking tablet finasteride 1mg.
Additional hair growth boosters can bolster this approach with components designed to stimulate the scalp and promote hair health. One of these, Hair Vitalics for Men, is a premium hair growth supplement which, in addition to being a highly-targeted nutritional support featuring key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts shown to be of benefit to the hair, also contains saw palmetto. This botanic has been shown to lower DHT in the bloodstream; DHT being the hormone responsible for causing the hair to thin in hereditary cases of men’s hair loss.
Even with a shaved head, his thinning hair is noticeable but, it could, of course, be that Wilshere is not unduly concerned by his thinning. The shaven headed look certainly seems to suit him – just as it does for the actors Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, and whether or not – or how – to deal with going bald is an incredibly personal decision.
Many men choose to shave their heads, however others do not like the look, are unhappy with the shape of their head or how prominent a close crop makes their ears appear, and equate thinning hair with the ageing process and a loss of masculinity. This is an understandable response and is made all the worse when men feel that they have no control over what is happening.
The best way to find out what can be done is to visit a hair loss specialist who can assess the level of thinning and advise upon appropriate treatment products. While it is certainly possible to leave it too late in terms of signing up for a male hair loss treatment course (overly-pronounced shedding can seldom be effectively undone), the pattern and extent of Wilshere’s hair loss suggests that he is still within the window of opportunity. Should Wilshere decide to follow a pharmaceutical hair regimen, we would advise him to let Arsene Wenger know though…
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.