Man Utd striker joins select club of sportsmen to have paid thousands for hair transplants
Wayne Rooney is set to become an unlikely role model after he admitted having had a hair transplant. The Manchester United footballer gave the news to his 740,000 Twitter followers. "I was going bald at 25 why not. I'm delighted with the result. It's still a bit bruised and swollen when it dies down u will be first to see it. Anyone recommend any good hair gel. Haha. I had it done in Harley street hair clinic London. Thanks to all the staff who looked after me." A few minutes later, Rooney made an appeal to get #hairwego trending on Twitter. Rooney's secret was revealed when a photographer spotted the striker emerging from the Harley Street Hair Clinic, which provides "follicular unit extraction". The procedure, carried out over several eight-hour sessions, involves taking thousands of hair follicles from the back of the head and "planting" them in a bald area. Rooney's wife, Coleen, seemed delighted with the results: "His own decision not me asking him, like a lot are saying! Pleased for him and it will look great." About half of men aged 50 and above are affected by baldness. Losing hair is often cited as something that causes men more concern than anything else. Genetic background is the main cause of baldness but physical and emotional stress can also be factors. Rooney's sessions are thought to cost a high five-figure sum in total, as one twitterer pointed out on the #hairwego hashtag: "Seriously, get yourself down to Harley Street everyone. For just 37,500 pounds, you too can look this good." Teammate Ryan Giggs was photographed leaving a hair clinic with a grin on his face and a "progress report" clutched in his hand last year. Other scalps claimed by the anti-hair loss industry include the former England rugby player Austin Healey, who in 2005 appeared in a television advert promoting laser therapy. Ex-England cricket captain Graham Gooch and former Australian bowler Shane Warne also appeared in adverts for laser treatment. All three still appear on the Advanced Hair Studio website, as do the former cricketers Michael Vaughan and Greg Matthews. The company's patented strand-by-strand hair replacement procedure did, however, fall foul of the Advertising Standards Authority, which later ruled the therapy's effectiveness had not been proved.