Is Wimbledon hero Andy Murray losing hair?

hair lossAs he held the gold, glistening Wimbledon trophy aloft to thousands of adoring and hysterical fans, Andy Murray could look back on a staggering 12 months in which he won gold at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, claimed his first ever Grand Slam – the US Open, won at The Queen’s Club Championship, before winning his second Grand Slam and in the process becoming the first British winner of the Wimbledon men’s singles title since Fred Perry’s 1936 victory.

However, maybe the pressures of finally capturing his first ever Grand Slam and the annual huge pressure placed on him by the media before each Wimbledon tournament has got to him. More specifically, his hair.

As the sweat ran from the top of his head and dripped down his face, it was evident to millions around the world that Murray, 26, is not quite as thick on top as he used to be. In his early 20’s the Scottish tennis superstar sported a wide variety of wacky hairstyles, even resembling the Simpson’s character Sideshow Bob at one point…although Chelsea footballer David Luiz seems to have now taken over that mantle!

We suspect Murray may already be aware of his possible impending male pattern baldness problems as both his father William Murray and his mother’s father Roy Erskine have experienced significant hair loss themselves. It is worth remembering that even if both parents have retained a full head of hair, men may still carry the gene for male pattern baldness and loss of hair may come from further back in the family tree than your parents.

In addition, in a TV interview conducted in September 2011, his former doubles partner Ross Hutchins raised the subject of Murray’s diminishing mane. Hutchins explained how the two British players enjoyed making fun of each other.

He said: “It’s about getting at each other’s faults and getting to Andy’s is pretty easy”, pointing to the Scot’s hairline and added: “It’s around this sort of area we like to pick up on.” Murray jokingly laughed: “It’s because I’m starting to lose my hair. That’s one of his good ones.”

When asked, leading UK Trichologist David Bailey said, “Andy has been losing his hair for some time now. Over the last few years his frontal hair line has changed and he has receded at the temples, but on Sunday his thinning crown area was clearly visible. He may now have the crown at Wimbledon, but he is definitely losing it hair wise.”

Fortunately for Murray and the other over 6 million men in the UK suffering from hair loss, Medical Specialists Pharmacy are able to offer the prescription-only medication Propecia (finasteride), which is commonly used to treat male pattern baldness and works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT, which thought to cause hair loss.  It is obtainable following a quick and easy 4 step process which includes an online consultation with one of our in-house doctors, priced from as little as £47.58 per month.

Other options in addition to Propecia include Regaine Lotion and Regaine Foam, as featured in numerous television adverts. Obtainable from Medical Specialists Pharmacy from as little as £49.95 and £59.95 respectively, Regaine products contain the active ingredient Minoxidil which is clinically proven to help prevent further hereditary hair loss, showing success in 4 out of 5 men. It works by increasing the blood supply to the hair follicles which helps to strengthen existing hair and stimulate secondary hair growth.

There are also emerging over the counter products that have been released in recent times. Alpecin Caffeine C1 Shampoo stimulates hair growth directly at the roots, strengthens weakened hair roots and prevents hereditary hair loss. In just in 2 minutes, the active ingredient travels along the hair shaft directly into the hair follicles. If the shampoo is left on for longer, the caffeine will also penetrate into the scalp.

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