An American goalkeeper who hit the headlines a year ago when the press picked up on the fact that he was one of a new crop of US ’keepers who were bucking the nation’s trend for balding goalies is back in the news.
Proving what a difference just a year makes, MK Dons’ Cody Cropper has recently been featured in the Daily Telegraph in an article about his footballing dreams… and his hair loss.
Already thinning at 23
Historically, Team USA has filled its Number 1 shirt with a bald man – American goalkeepers Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard have all been either bald or very thin on top. But when USA men’s football team boss Jürgen Klinsmann named his US squad last spring commentators picked up on the fact that the incoming keepers – Cody Cropper included – all had hair.
The Telegraph, however, thinks that Cropper may well be following in the footsteps of his predecessors, thanks to “already thinning locks at the age of 23.”
The newspaper jokes that he is ready to join the ranks of bald American goalkeepers soon – and Cropper seems happy to join the club.
“My hair is already starting to go – we’re on track for that – so hopefully I can live up to the expectation,” he told the Telegraph. “I’ve got a receding hairline now and my dad’s bald, so I don’t think I’ve got much hope.”
In fact, the goalie is very far from being a lost cause when it comes to his hair loss. Whilst it is true that his hair is clearly starting to thin, most noticeably at the front of his head, where he has a widow’s peak, his hair loss has not yet advanced to the point of true baldness – where the skin takes on a shiny appearance indicating that the hair follicles have died – making him a theoretically ideal candidate for bespoke hair loss treatment.
Hair loss defence
An early diagnosis and treatment can make the world of difference when it comes to going on the defence against genetic hair loss. So, should Cody choose to buck the international stoppers’ trend and try to keep his hair, he will need to consult a specialist soon about starting a personalised course featuring clinically-proven treatments.
In cases of Male Pattern Baldness – the condition affecting not just Cropper but, sooner or later, the lion’s share of men – a bespoke treatment course can stop hair thinning out and encourage new growth, as long as the hair follicles are still active.
Belgravia offers a range of high-strength minoxidil products which specialists have seen produce impressive results in cases where the pattern of hair loss is similar to Cropper’s.
This topical treatment has been seen to be particularly useful in treating stubborn areas such as around the hairline and temples which are generally the slowest to regrow.
You can find many examples of clients whose treatment courses have included this key component in Belgravia’s Receding Hairline Treatment Success Stories but one that looks particularly similar to Cody Cropper’s level and pattern of shedding is Christoph, who is also in his 20’s. You can see his “excellent results” here or view his full Success Story. If you are concerned about experiencing the same type of thinning and want to explore your options, consult a hair loss specialist who can talk you through the range of solutions and make recommendations based on your specific needs.
The Belgravia Centre
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.