NBA baller LeBron James seems to have finally admitted to what the rest of the sporting world has suspected for a long time: he’s losing his hair.
James’ hair loss
has been the source of endless speculation over the past four or five years, mainly because it seems to change with each new season. Just as the Cleveland Cavaliers star’s seems to have thinning hair, it will suddenly come back, prompting rumours of transplants, concealing products such as Bigen
, and also that he has been using male hair loss treatment.
Even the digital version
of the one-time Olympic gold medal winner in the popular NBA video game has documented his changing hairline as new versions come out. Until now, James has refused to talk about his apparent male pattern baldness though last year his barber did try to silence the rumours
by stating that James’ hair was all his own.
Chink in armour
A chink in James’ armour finally came last month when he was talking about the great Michael Jordan
at a post-game press conference. In paying tribute to the one-time Chicago Bulls basketball legend, James said that throughout his career he did pretty much everything like his hero, the smooth-headed Jordan, did. “I didn’t go bald like Mike
,” he says, adding with a chuckle, “but I’m getting there
He then hurriedly adds, “but it’ll be post-career
.” Continues below...
Whether or not this small “post-career” addendum was intended to negate the apparent admission that James is thinning hair and receding hairline
is a mystery, but at least the player seems to have finally acknowledged that he is a classic candidate for male pattern hair loss
and that perhaps there’s nothing wrong with saying as much.
Genetic hair thinning is so commonplace that is seems faintly bizarre for professional sportsmen who are on TV every week to shy away from the very mention of it. Literally half of all men will be affected by male pattern baldness by the time they hit 50 which is why so many seek out treatment at specialist hairloss clinics.
Products for thinning hair
Proven products exist that can stop shedding and encourage regrowth. There are two clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved male hair loss treatments - finasteride 1mg (an oral DHT blocked) and minoxidil - which can help to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth, respectively. Topical applications of high strength minoxidil
can be used on thinning edges, like LeBron's, as the temple areas are the slowest to regrow, which is why treating a receding hairline - or other stubborn areas such as a thinning crown
- can require extra help.
These medications as well as certain boosters
which can encourage hair growth as well as hair and scalp health are quietly used by many men who are interested in proactively preventing baldness
as well as those wanting to regrow hair.
The stigma that was once attached to androgenetic alopecia seems to be waning, thanks, perhaps, to the openness of some well-known faces. While none of these people actor James Nesbitt, singer Robbie Williams, footballer Wayne Rooney and others actually embraced their thinning hair
(these three opted for hair transplant surgery), the fact that they publicly talked about losing their hair brought the subject out into the open.
Perhaps by opening up about his own hair loss, LeBron James will create some much-needed discussion about genetic thinning in the world of NBA, too. It’s certainly something the commentators seem keen to joke about
; however, by “owning” their hair loss, those many players that are affected may start to knock the smiles off the pundits’ faces.