Cricket legend Shane Warne has claimed the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to hair loss.
Warne, 50, made the claim while promoting a community health website set up by hair restoration company Advanced Hair Studio.
The spin bowling icon has been a client of the studio for 16 years and its brand ambassador for more than a decade.
‘A high percentage of COVID-19 victims will lose some hair and it can be up to 50 per cent at times over three months,’ he told Sky News.
‘COVID-19 has affected all of us financially and in a lot of other ways – so from all of us at Advanced Hair we’re trying to give back and do the right thing.’
Cricket legend Shane Warne has made the claim ‘a high percentage’ of people will suffer hair loss of up to 50 per cent because of the coronavirus pandemic. He is pictured last year showing a new haircut courtesy of Advanced Hair Studio
The website promoted by Warne states that the pandemic can act as an ’emotional stressor’ and warns Australians may notice hair loss as the pandemic subsides.
‘People may notice in three or four months after a very stressful event in their life, they have this diffuse hair loss where their hair is just falling out,’ the website reads.
There is little research as yet linking COVID-19 with hair loss, although experts have noted significant stress generally can lead to a reduction in hair growth.
The 50-year-old sporting icon made the claim while promoting a community health website set up by hair restoration company Advanced Hair Studio
Shane Warne pictured with his ex-fiancee Elizabeth Hurley. He has been a client of the Advanced Hair Studio for 16 years
Warne’s new look pictured side-on last year. The cricket legend has also been a brand ambassador for more than the past decade for the studio
This process is known as telogen effluvium and pushes large numbers of hair follicles into what is known as a resting phase – before they eventually fall out.
It comes after Warne revealed a tell-all documentary about his life will soon be in the works.
The 50-year-old made the admission while appearing on the Fox Cricket segment, A Week With Warnie.
He said the production will be titled ‘Shane’ and that it would take a deep dive into fatherhood and his international career.
He added production was supposed to have already started, though the crew had to put on the brakes because of the coronavirus crisis.
Warne retired in 2007 with 1,001 international wickets.
Warne said ‘COVID-19 has affected all of us financially and in a lot of other ways’