Rooney has treatment to cure different kind of hairline fracture

It's not a metatarsal this time, it's his rapidly receding head of hair. So Britain's top player has got a transplant

His burgeoning brow, prominent ears and pug face have already condemned him to the cruel nickname Shrek. So perhaps it is understandable that the footballer Wayne Rooney is railing against the dying of the hairline. The England striker admitted yesterday to having undergone a hair transplant at the tender age of 25.

The football star posted on Twitter – home of the personal revelation – yesterday, saying he was "delighted" with the results of treatment at a private clinic in London's Harley Street.

His tweet, in response to tabloid rumours of the procedure said: "Just to confirm to all my followers I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25 why not. I'm delighted with the result." [sic]

The player went on to post a series of tweets, giving details of the "bruising" in the aftermath of the operation, to his more than 700,000 followers. After asking if anyone could recommend some hair gel, he managed to get the hash tag "#hairwego" trending on the site.

He said: "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."

Rooney has joined a growing army of men who choose to go under the knife to improve their follicular prowess. Balding affects 25 per cent of men in their twenties and 60 per cent of men before they are 40. In America alone, 19,000 hair transplant operations were performed last year, typically costing between £4,000 and £10,000, though many people pay more.

Luckily, there was no imminent prospect of needing to head the ball, as the striker was suspended from England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland last night following an accumulation of yellow cards.

Speculation that his wife, Coleen, had been behind the decision prompted her to take to the site, too, posting: "Hiya!! Yes waynes had his hair done! His own decision not me asking him, like a lot are saying!! Pleased for him and it will look great."

His fellow England and Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand waded in with: "Just don't go down the wearing a alice band route", adding: "You'll be doing head&shoulders adverts soon! Hope its gone ok Good luck lad."

The treatment he is understood to have undergone takes follicles from the back of the neck and replants them in sparse areas on the crown.

The Manchester United striker has previously admitted his hair is "a sensitive subject". Last month, a fellow England striker, Michael Owen, used the micro-blogging site to say the player had the hair of a pensioner. In a post he said: "By the way @WayneRooney, how old are you in that photo? Your face looks like a 12 year olds but your hair looks like a 60 year old!"

Rooney's response was: "Easy mo u know that's a sensitive subject."



Head men

Sir Elton John was one of the first celebrities to undergo hair-transplant procedures, replacing his toupee with transplanted follicles after losing most of his hair by the age of 30.

Gordon Ramsay, the celebrity chef, reportedly underwent a £30,000 hair operation in LA in January.

Duncan Bannatyne, the Dragons' Den entrepreneur, had follicle treatment at the specialist Farjo Medical Centre in 2007.

James Nesbitt, the Cold Feet actor, admitted to having two hair-transplant procedures at an Irish clinic after becoming "obsessed" with his hairline.

Jason Gardiner, the This Morning presenter and Dancing On Ice judge, reportedly spent £22,000 on transplants.

Shaun Williamson, the former EastEnders and Extras star, had a hair transplant in 2004.

Tawana Joseph

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn