Hair loss is one of the most common grievances amongst men and affects 50 % of men before they are 35 and can affect about 40 percent of women too. Whilst there’s no harm in aging gracefully the effects of baldness can be far more penetrating and traumatising than merely the loss of hair.
Hair loss is emotionally debilitating for those who are unfortunate to suffer from it as it isolates you and makes you go deep within yourself. It is very common to not want to openly discuss your feelings surrounding it. It is regularly referred to as a ‘cancer of the spirit’ by the founder of the American hair loss Association, Spencer Kobren
Unless you are a hair loss sufferer it’s impossible to understand or relate. Be warned though as no one is immune to hair loss and chances are it is something you will experience at some stage in the not too distant future.
Hair loss causes a loss of identity and self-image and when you start to realise your losing your hair it truly can be devastating. Your loss in confidence and self-esteem along with the lack of control surrounding your hair loss only amplifies your fear.
A recent survey revealed that 40 percent of hair loss sufferers would spend their life savings to regain a full head of hair and that the likes of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were the hair inspirations for spending up to £20,000 on hair loss solutions.
In addition to this financial sacrifice, 30 percent of people said they’d be willing to give up sex if it meant they could have a full head of hair.
Celebrities – especially men – are getting much more comfortable with the idea of surgical hair restoration and we are seeing many more famous men embracing the procedure every day, whilst only recently there is speculation over Lewis Hamilton’s new hair.
Most men don’t have to depend on their appearance to pay their mortgage bills, or to ensure that their career continues despite the issues associated with losing their hair. Celebrities find themselves in a different position in this respect however, especially when the world is watching them grow old and after meeting a number of household names over the years and offered them advice on the emotional aspects of hair loss as well as the hair transplants process. They feel the need to stay young is of paramount importance to them and their careers.
Celebrity hair loss is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the media . The continuing demands on celebrities to keep their good looks, seems to be of great interest to the tabloids, but they rarely get the information correct, if at all.
There is regular interest in the hairlines of stars like Mel Gibson, Matthew Mcconaughey, Bradley Cooper, , Johnny Depp, Jude Law, David Beckham, etc and how they have changed over the years, for better or worse.
Many celebrities don’t mind their hair loss when it comes to their own personal life, but they realise that appearance is paramount in the entertainment industry. Chat rooms and fan sites are abuzz with the amount of hair loss and changing hairlines of the stars, not to mention the TV, magazines and newspapers which seem to always know when to get a picture at the right time.
We discuss celebrities and their hair transplants regularly on The Bald Truth UK Radio show.
Often celebrities have hair transplant surgery only to satisfy the demands of their careers. Soap Opera stars for instance, need those wonderfully youthful hairlines, something that would not be in such demand with the general aging public.
The hair transplant design required by someone in this profession, however, might not be appropriate for the average person.
In order to create the illusion that time has simply stood still for people in the public eye, secrecy is paramount and I’ve had to sign many a confidentially agreement prior to a meeting with an A list star.
Leading hair transplant surgeons for ‘the stars’ are very meticulous about maintaining privacy, and understanding the special needs of their celebrity patients. Despite the 65% increase in the number of hair transplantations performed in the US and UK alone last year very few ‘celebs’ are prepared to come out about their surgeries which is a shame, as it would only help break down the stigma associated with hair loss and hair transplants.
Interest in celebrity hair transplants is not just reserved for film and TV stars, but for all kinds of professions in the public eye. Sports celebrities like Wayne Rooney, politicians, fashion designers, musicians, and now even top business executives recognise the importance of hair to their image and many hairlines have turned back time if you look very closely.
Busy celebrities often have their PR team try to discover what their treatment options may be, but rarely is the proper research done.
Research into hair transplantation is vital and independent research should take a minimum of 8-12 months. This goes for celebrities too! Don’t take short cuts due to your vulnerability as it can lead to much bigger issues. Make sure you do your due diligence – all of you.
Many patients I meet, including celebrity patients, are repair patients whos options can often be very limited as a result of jumping in too quick to hair transplant surgery and having inappropriate outdated work performed resulting in a pluggy unnatural appearance along with unsightly barbaric scaring.
In the world of the rich and famous, where ones livelihood depends on physical image the stakes are even higher one could argue.