Lewis Hamilton's 200 Mile Per Hour Braids
A Global Force
Since 1946, Formula 1 or F1 has consistently pushed the limits of what is possible in motor racing. It can be deadly for the drivers, risking it all to determine who truly is the fastest racer on the track.
In recent years the Netflix series, Drive To Survive, has driven massive interest in the sport in the United States. While American popularity grows, F1 has been a global sensation for decades, clocking in as the third-most watched sport in the world.
A Prodigy Enters The Grid
In 2007 a young driver who had previously dominated karting, British Formula Renault, Formula 3, and GP2 racing burst onto the F1 scene, finishing third in his debut race. The first driver to achieve this in the sport's 58-year history, he continued to impress his entire rookie season, ultimately finishing second in the world drivers championship.
Unheard of for a rookie.
Despite his racing prowess and domination on the track, Lewis Hamilton hadn’t yet bloomed into the iconic longhair we know him as today.
The Lewis Hamilton Hair Controversy
In the early years of his F1 career, Lewis Hamilton sported a more practical, short, fade-style haircut. He won his first world drivers championship title as a shorthair in 2008, when it must have been easier to wear a racing helmet. Though a monumental achievement, there was something receding in his performance.
By 2012 it seemed Lewis was slumping, sitting in fourth position for the championship. With noticeable thinning and a receding hairline, he was on the fast track to baldness—probably no coincidence he was struggling on the racetrack.
Many have claimed he received a hair transplant, which Lewis has denied from the outset. His reasoning was bad hair care, lotions and hotel soap products that caused his hair loss.
Was It A Hair Transplant or Just Better Hair Care?
While poor hair care and cheap products can contribute to hair loss, switching to better products isn’t going to reverse male pattern baldness. So did Lewis Hamilton get a hair transplant?
We can only speculate. He could have been losing hair for any number of reasons, and there could have been any number of solutions. In the end, does it matter what Lewis did to reclaim his hair?
Whether it was a change in his hair care routine, medical treatment, laser therapy or a surgical procedure, it really doesn’t matter. If you were losing hair against your will, wouldn’t you do whatever was within your means to keep your flow intact?
I think we all would.
Lewis Hamilton Has Championship Hair
As Lewis Hamilton's hair grew, so did his trophy case. He went on to win championships in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, racking up a record-tying seven championship titles. With more pole positions and race wins than any other driver in history, he’s arguably the greatest of all time.
Though he’s rocked all types of long hairstyles through the years, the braids have certainly become his signature look.
Still We Rise
He may be down, but like his signature slogan, “Still I Rise” (a nod to the 1995 2-Pac + Outlawz album), Lewis and his locks will be poised to rise again next year.
Regardless of the standings, we can all agree that Lewis Hamilton has the fastest hair in sports.