Most of us care about our appearance, but when you're in the public eye there are a whole lot of other people who also care about the way you look. This is something basketball legend, and new Lakers' $154 million signing, LeBron James
knows all about.
Anthony Anderson at the NBA Awards 2018
Having previously been roasted over his hair loss
by the 2017 NBA Awards host, his friend, Drake, who told the audience "LeBron James recently went bald and social media went Oh sorry, this is a joke from 2007
," 2018 host, Black-ish star Anthony Andrews decided to go there too.
Andrews made fun of JR Smith's infamous 2018 finals clock rundown incident
, whilst dressed in a replica of James' 'marmite' - love it or hate it - Thom Browne short suit look. This was the outfit LeBron was wearing when he walked out of the post-game press conference after being questioned about JR's antics. Next Andrews speculated as to which basketball team the then Cavs star may join next, teasing "LeBron’s beard says ‘take me to Philly,’ but his hair says, ‘take us to the Clippers.’
As Drake's gag suggests, LeBron James' receding has been giving comedians material for many years, not to mention providing work for video game
illustrators charged with charting the comings-and-goings of the baller's hairline.
LeBron jokes about hair loss
Does LeBron mind the attention his receding hairline
receives? It's hard to tell given he rarely opens up on the subject, but the fact that the 33 year old power forward has been known to crack a hair loss joke
at his own expense suggests he's pretty comfortable with it.
He has occasionally publicly mentioned
wanting to deal with his Male Pattern Baldness
, however. And the repeated rise and fall of his hairline, as well as some thinning on top
, suggest he may have tried hair loss treatment
- but potentially not stuck to it.
LeBron James, NBA Finals 2018
Whilst LeBron's barber
notes that people think he has been using dye to conceal his thinning edges, he confirmed that what we see is all the baller's own hair - something which would also be true if he had undergone a hair transplant
or taken a pharmaceutical approach to preventing baldness
Whilst there are two clinically-proven treatments - one oral and one topical, both MHRA licensed and FDA approved - to help stabilise shedding and promote hair regrowth, consistency is the key to letting them do their job. That is, inhibiting DHT
- the hormone to which men with Male Pattern Baldness have an inherited sensitivity, causing thinning hair in these instances - and encouraging accelerated hair growth.
Getting the most out of male hair loss treatment
When a man starts a hair treatment regimen, it is important that he talks through any queries or concerns with his hair loss specialist
so they can provide advice and help him to choose the precise treatments and hair growth supporting products
that will fit best with his level and pattern of shedding, as well as his medical profile and lifestyle.
It's vital that the person investigating hair growth solutions is honest about what they can realistically see themselves using - as well as what they won't - so that appropriate recommendations can be made, accordingly. After all, just like buying a gym membership but never actually going, won't make you fit, getting hair loss treatments but never using them - or not using them correctly - will not do much for your hair growth. Continues below...
Once a consistent routine has been established, and after any initial shedding
period has stopped, seeing any signs that treatment is working, whether it be reduced hair fall, hair starting to feel thicker or seeing actual hair growth - can help to spur men on and keep them motivated
to stick with their regimen.
With his production company set to release a remake of the classic 1990's hip hop movie House Party, if LeBron does want to make his rumoured cameo appearance, he'll need to start looking around for hair loss solutions soon if he wants any chance of sporting an iconic Kid 'n' Play hi-top fade hairstyle - without cosmetic assistance!