Like many footballers that have gone before him, former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has caught the attention of the media for showing signs of hair loss.
While certainly not on the scale of Bobby Charlton, the former England player’s apparent shedding shows a classic thinning-on-top pattern that is commonly seen in cases of genetic hair loss. Known as male pattern baldness, this condition affects millions of men around the world, with many of them first experiencing hair fall in or before their 30s. Lampard retired from football in the spring of 2017 at the age of 38.
Thinning crown and on top
The Sun was the first to notice Lampard’s thinning crown after they were handed snaps of the former player leaving the gym. The photos seemed to suggest that the footballing legend’s hair thinning is centred entirely around the top of his head and crown area. Often in cases of male pattern hair loss, this is accompanied by a receding hairline, but Lampard seems fairly unaffected by this. His hairline is certainly more rounded and less full than in his earlier playing days though there are no signs of a widow’s peak developing yet.
Treatment for male hair loss is something that many men seek out, both to regrow their hair and as a proactive step to prevent baldness. Two clinically-proven medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and FDA for use on Male Pattern Baldness can make for a pretty formidable hair loss solution. These are finasteride 1mg and minoxidil and are used to inhibit the underlying cause of genetically thinning hair – DHT – and to open potassium channels to help promote new hair growth, respectively.
Whilst finasteride 1mg – a once-a-day oral tablet that is suitable for professional sportsmen – acts as a DHT blocker, Belgravia specialists often add an appropriate complementary topical formulation of high strength minoxidil to a tailored treatment course. This can be particularly useful when dealing with the regrowth of hairloss in stubborn areas such as the crown and hairline.
Additional hair growth boosters can help to further increase the chances of success, while clients are also offered an important support network with regular check-ups and photographic updates to chart their progress.
Footballers and hair loss
The list of footballers with hair loss is a long one, and has prompted some people to wonder if there is a mystery factor at play. One way of looking at it is that men are more commonly affected by hair loss; men are the people most often seen playing professional football; and male footballers are often in their 20s and 30s, when hair thinning often becomes visible for the first time.
But a hair transplant specialist in London, Dr Edward Ball, has suggested that years of heading the ball may cause inflammation in the scalp and that it is this that is causing so many footballers to lose their hair. Dr Ball said that when a footballer heads the ball, the ball typically connects with it where the hairline meets the forehead, and that this is where problems may arise.
It is certainly possible that a receding hairline and frontal hairloss may be more likely as a result of endless ball-heading, but whether the overall impact of frequent headers could affect those with a genetic predisposition towards Male Pattern Baldness remains to be seen.
Across his club career as an attacking midfielder he racked up 149 aerial battles, 65 headed clearances and scored 13 goals with his head, as well as countless hours of training and heading practice – but the Lampard Jnr hairline appears to be relatively intact. His hairline is certainly more rounded and less full than in his earlier playing days though there are no signs of a widow’s peak developing yet.
Frank Junior has a very similar pattern of hair loss to his father, West Ham United legend Frank Lampard Senior, who he has a strong physical resemblance to also. This makes it highly likely Frank Jnr has inherited the ‘balding gene’ which recent research claims is most likely to be passed on through fathers’ DNA.
If you are experiencing thinning hair on top, at the crown or a receding hairline and would like to find out about non-surgical options for preventing baldness, having a specialist hair loss consultation is a great place to start.
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.