Footballer Wayne Rooney’s hair loss has again been in the headlines after the player appeared on TV sporting a striking new look.
The Everton footballer has already admitted that he underwent hair transplant surgery several years ago to try and deal with the genetic condition male pattern baldness, and rumours persist that he actually had two of these. Bamboozled by Rooney’s new ginger hair – a shade akin to the lighter hair colour he had as a 16 year old – and an unusual fullness that is not always seen when he is in training, the Sun newspaper came to the conclusion that the former England player had actually had a third operation when the Liverpudlian appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football as a pundit.
This seems unlikely – not least because many surgeons will not carry out more than two operations because there is a distinct risk that too much donor hair taken from the back of the head (where male pattern baldness is not normally seen) will end up leaving this area looking too sparse. However, Belgravia has come to an entirely different conclusion…
Hair loss concealers?
Whilst this cannot be proven and is only an opinion, due to the shade and sudden increase in his hair density, it looks like Rooney may currently using microscopic fibres known as hair loss concealers to fill out his hair. In fact it appears that he often does this when he is about to make some kind of public appearance, including starting for Everton.
Interestingly though, and the reason it seems unlikely Wayne Rooney has had another hair transplant, is that he can have thicker hair one day, then the next it looks to be thinning on top again. Photos of the forward taken during training sessions tend to show the player with more hairloss, whilst fuller hair is apparent in those when he is on the pitch or at events. This frequent ebbing and flowing of hair thickness is not something associated with surgical hair restoration.
These fibres are either sprayed or sprinkled onto the scalp, the intention being to match the shades of the fibres to that of the user’s hair. With hair being made up of a multitude of tones, it can be difficult to get an exact match, however – especially under the glare of TV studio lighting. Appearing in Sky Sports studio – rather than, as we are used to seeing him, on the pitch – his hair certainly appeared far more ginger, and matte, than usual.
Football fans on Twitter were quick to react – and with predictably cruel ‘banter’ – with some suggesting that the player had put shoe polish on his head and others wondering if he had painted his hair on.
The best way to use hair loss concealer fibres is to buy several different shades and to mix them so that something close to the precise colour of your natural hair can be achieved – although this naturally takes a degree of effort and makes an already fiddly process even more time-consuming. In one YouTube video showing four men in various stages of male pattern baldness trying hairloss concealers, the products’ limitations can clearly be seen, with several participants bemoaning the fact that some of them leave streaks all over their scalps, whilst others didn’t like the overall effect that these powders achieved.
It is very easy to empathise with men who try this route, especially when some videos of the products in action appear to suggest very impressive results. However, there are currently no hair loss products on the market which will hide thinning hair flawlessly.
Wigs and hairpieces, including lace-front hair systems, whilst much improved these days in many cases, can lead to issues related to visible netting, glue, styling and artificial-looking hairlines. We often hear that wearers constantly worry about the weather and how their ‘hair’ will fare, particularly on windy days. Similarly hair extensions used to give the illusion of thicker hair can lead to stress being placed on the follicles and actually cause more – potentially permanent – shedding (this is from a condition named traction alopecia), whilst powders, as Rooney may have found to his peril, don’t always cut the mustard in terms of giving a natural look.
More permanent solution
A more permanent hair loss solution for men wanting to regrow hair and prevent baldness without resorting to surgery, centres on courses based around two clinically-proven, MHRA licensed (UK) and FDA approved (USA) drugs. These – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – target genetic hair loss from complementary angles.
The first, finasteride 1mg – which is the generic name for the drug often referred to by its initial brand name, Propecia – is a one-a-day oral tablet which helps to block the production of the testosterone by-product DHT. This is what ultimately causes follicles around the top of the scalp and hairline to shrink and hair to thin then fall out in men with an inherited sensitivity to it.
Personalised men’s hair loss treatment courses devised by the expert team at Belgravia often incorporate formulations of high-strength minoxidil from those available at the in-clinic pharmacies. These are applied topically to the scalp where needed either once or twice a day, as directed. By opening up the potassium channels and promoting increased localised blood flow, minoxidil can often encourage new hair growth.
This combined pharmaceutical approach, where both drugs work in tandem, is usually enhanced by the addition of appropriate hair growth booster products. These offer a number of benefits, from stimulating the hair follicles using low level laser therapy (via FDA-cleared devices including the LaserComb and the LaserBand models), to providing nutritional support. The latter relates to Belgravia’s premium food supplement named Hair Vitalics For Men which has been specially developed to provide a convenient, highly-targeted blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals beneficial to hair health and growth. Whilst not intended to replace a balanced diet, many people choose supplements to top up on elements they feel may be missing from their diet. One component of Hair Vitalics for Men that is unlikely to feature in many men’s diets is saw palmetto, a botanic extract which has been shown to lower DHT levels.
With so much information about men’s hair loss available it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff, as well as knowing what applies to your specific case. This is why we recommend anyone worried about losing their hair to have a consultation with a specialist. It is an easy way to get professional advice, have your questions answered and, where appropriate, receive a diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations, free of charge. Clients from all over the world who use our online home-use service, and visitors to Belgravia’s London hair loss clinics often tell us that just being taken seriously and feeling better informed about what is going on can really put their minds at rest.
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.