Soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic could teach many of us males a lesson, and not just one in soccer. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is known for his long wavy hair, but he has been experiencing some slow progressive hair loss over the last years. Zlatan has seen how his temples have been receding in what was, some years ago, a bushy forehead hairline.
Now, the type of hair loss that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is experiencing is quite common in men and is known as male pattern baldness (MPB). This form of men’s hair loss is mainly caused by a hormone that we males have (i.e. DHT) and our scalp’s sensitivity to it. However, the progression of MPB can be enhanced by several factors, of which one of these factors is putting unneeded tension on your hair follicles. You see, Mr. Ibrahimovic ties his long hair during every match (and outside the soccer field too) as having his long mane dangling during a game is not a good idea. However, Zlatan ties his hair extra tight, which has caused his already-weakened hair follicles from MPB to progressively lose the hair strands in the temple area through what is called traction alopecia i.e. the loss of hair due to pulling the hair too tight with hairstyles.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hair back in the day…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hair currently…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hairline has been receding in these past years and him tying his hair way too tight hasn’t helped one bit!
Because MPB weakens the hair follicles, the hair strands of a male with MPB are easier to be pulled out from the follicles upon putting some pulling tension on the hair. Such tension is most special when tying one’s hair into a ponytail or bun, and this is the reason why I emphasize so much in The Men’s Hair Book to always release some tension every time one ties his hair. While not related to losing hair through traction alopecia, other soccer superstars who experience MPB include Iker Casillas and Wayne Rooney.
Let this be a hair loss lesson to all of us males, for the vast majority of us dudes will go bald sooner or later: if you are going to tie your hair, always avoid tying it too tight. Or even better, don’t tie your hair and instead use a headband to pull your hair back if all you need is your hair to not be in your face!
All the best.
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