The Road to a Perfect Hairline
Some say England rugby great Mr. Jonny Wilkinson was the perfect number ten. But Jonny Wilkinson didn’t reach rugby’s sporting pinnacle without his fair share of blood, sweat and tears. Jonny’s story resonates with me, because in his own search for perfection, he never stopped tweaking, fine-tuning and finding ways to make his own game as good as it could be. I, on the other hand, was forever looking at game-changing hair regrowth techniques and strategies that would help combat my receding hairline.
On my quest for the perfect hairline, which has a huge impact on the type of hairstyle you can sport, I soon found out I was not alone. In fact, after a number of hair transplant procedures over the years, not to mention meeting more hair transplant patients than you can count, I can say with great confidence that the desire for an impeccable hairline is high on many men’s bucket lists. After working in the hair loss industry now for over fifteen years, I’ve seen it all. And met patients from pretty much every clinic you can think of – the pursuit of perfection is incredibly common.
You see, the male species are a lot more sensitive than many would give us credit for. Truth is, for some, a full, glossy mane is arguably one of the most important symbols of our masculinity. So it makes sense we want to get it right, right?
It’s a marathon, not a sprint
Fast forward to June of this year, and as part of my journey to achieving the perfect hairline, I took the plunge and booked myself in for another visit to see the specialists at Harley St Hair Clinic. Now, if you’re currently wondering to yourself “Who is this guy, and what does he know about hair loss?” then that’s fair enough. I’d probably be asking the same thing.
To put you in the picture, my own hair loss odyssey has been well documented and began nearly 20 years ago. I’ve become well known as the go-to expert for hair loss. My mission; to help educate and empower guys dealing with this plight. I’ve written extensively for Ape to Gentleman, via my own website spexhair.com and through countless media articles on the topic of hair loss. I became known as ‘The Hairline Hero’ thanks to the Daily Mail, and the name has stuck ever since.
The good, bad and truly ugly
You’ll see, there’s not a lot I haven’t tried or done in my bid to reclaim my right to a healthy head of hair. I’ve worn wigs, battled with depression and self-confidence, explored countless ‘natural’ and ‘alternative’ therapies and endured more than ten hair transplant surgeries.
During that time I researched, analysed, discussed and studied; literally leaving no stone unturned. I’ve subjected myself to painful, draining and useless so-called ‘cures’ and suffered more than my fair share of indignities. Of the ton of money I’ve thrown at resolving my hair loss issue, I can say, hands down, that only about 20% of what I’ve spent has really been worth the investment.
Fast-forward to today, and thankfully the arrival of groundbreaking technology and better scientific knowledge has changed the game. Specifically with regards to hair transplants. And with that in mind, I felt it was the perfect time to book myself in for an upgrade ‘up top’ because despite my own hair line being acceptable, I knew it could be even better. This is the pursuit of the perfect hairline.
The day of regrowth
On the day of the procedure at The Harley St Hair Clinic I arrived at 8am, feeling excited like a young boy on Christmas Eve. To make it easier for other patients to understand my thought process and what to expect from the hair transplant procedure, I started filming the whole experience.
Hairline design is vital and it’s important that the patient is involved in the process and expectations are explained by the Doctor
After some initial filming, I met the highly regarded Dr. Kovacheva. We sat down at length to discuss my concerns and goals. I’m pleased to report that right off the bat she embraced my vision, while also remarking on how good the previous hair transplanted hairline looked. We discussed the angulation and overall new design and agreed to not alter the design of the hairline, just lower it slightly. To the procedure…
The extraction process of FUE begins with numbing the scalp
- Dr. Kovacheva harvested 618 FU by hand, via FUE, which equated to 1021 hairs.
- Placed multis behind the hairline to help bulk up thinner areas.
- Used single hair grafts along the frontal line.
- Implanted in the recipient area single handedly.
I was in the chair for around five hours. I must admit, after several hair transplant surgeries now over the years all predominantly focused in the frontal zone, the incisions and numbing shots were real stingers. This was due to the volume of scar tissue in the recipient area caused by previous sessions. But as they say, no pain, no gain.
Immediately post op – 618 FU grafts via FUE extraction
Everyone is different, and that’s fine
The pursuit of the perfect hairline has been a mission of mine since I started out on my hair restoration journey. Throughout my experiences one of the big things that I’ve learnt along the way is that a hairline is unique to every individual. Crucially, it’s important you feel confident with your hairline.
If you are considering surgery, it really is vital that you and the surgeon are on the same page. Be clear upfront on what your end goal is, and discuss with them how achievable this is, before you go ahead. Most good surgeons will be able to manipulate what you have as long as it’s within the realms of ethical and, above all, they feel the finished product will look natural. The experience and passion for perfection of the surgeons you chose is vital as no two surgeons are the same or have the same vision. There’s only a few doctors in the world based on all my experience in this minefield who I would trust with my final surgery. You need to research who is right for you and who understands your goals.
I was delighted with Dr. Kovacheva’s work. Although not as well known in the industry, she’s has done more celebrity hair transplants than most top surgeons combined. Many footballers and actors are amongst her long and illustrious list of hair-regrowth advocates. After meeting a number of her patients (another way of researching) I knew she was a good choice. It’s worth noting that she manually performed the extraction and implantation of the hair – a hallmark and sign of quality.
The road ahead
Back to me, and I’m now two weeks post op and I’m healing well. It’s now a waiting game, as I know only too well from reading hundreds of topics online about patience and growth times. I’ve written several popular articles too on ‘patience’ and ‘growth times’ along with many others parts of the hair transplant process and produced a number of educational YouTube videos too which I’ll be referring to along the journey.
Of course I’ll be checking in regularly and updating this blog with words and video, for you to read and watch my progress on the path to achieving the perfect hairline.
Remember, you’re not alone
It truly matters to me to be something of a guiding light for the millions of men facing hair loss. In fact, the opportunity to impart genuine wisdom is golden to me. Basically, I’m just a man, just like you, who knows how you feel and who has plenty of insight into the hair transplant industry.
Disclaimer: Spencer received his hair transplant procedure with The Harley Street Hair Clinic free of charge, in exchange for this honest review on Ape to Gentleman.