Being one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood does not exempt you from the anxieties of hair loss. Quite the opposite, in fact – just ask Matthew McConaughey. The star of box office hits How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Lincoln Lawyer, McConaughey first noticed his famously wavy locks thinning at the end of the 1990s. Since then, the Oscar-winning Texan’s hairline has been subject to intense scrutiny from his legion of fans and from the world’s press. Recent photos show McConaughey looking less like a pin-up than ever, with commentators focusing their attentions on his hair once more.
Has he had a discreet hair transplant?
Any group of photos of McConaughey show a fluctuating hairline, displaying classic behaviour of male pattern baldness: lustrous, wavy hair gives way to receding at the temples, and then a return to the thick locks of his early films. More recently, photos circulated online show a more pronounced thinning than ever – but could this just be for a role he is currently filming? For years, rumours have been rife that McConaughey has had a FUE hair transplant, involving the extraction of individual follicular units from the back of the hair and implanting them in the balding areas. He does, however, persistently deny this.
So what did reverse Matthew McConaughey’s male pattern baldness?
McConaughey credits a hair loss treatment programme, usually a multi-faceted approach that most likely involves minoxidil. Hair follicles can live for up to two years after they have stopped producing hair; if treatment commences before the follicles have died, regrowth is possible – in some cases reversing the effects of male pattern baldness. While some may wish that Matthew McConaughey would come out as a proud recipient of a hair transplant, others may find comfort knowing that male pattern baldness can affect any man, even one with Oscars on his mantelpiece and millions in the bank.