Breaking the Taboo: The Impact of Celebrity Hair Transplants

It is not so long ago that hair loss and hair transplants seemed liked a taboo subject. With 40% of males experiencing hair loss by the age of 35 in the United Kingdom, you would probably wonder why. And this is not just an issue shared by men, with hair loss affecting almost 50% of women in the country. The very personal subject of hair transplants became more public with the rise in the number of celebrities coming forward with their experience of hair loss and the success they have had with hair transplant surgery. The high-profile discussion of hair loss and hair transplants has wiped away the fear for many to discuss this with family and friends. Here we look at some of the high-profile celebrities who have had hair transplant surgery.

It is hard not to associate celebrity hair transplants without thinking about Wayne Rooney. At the time, he was one of England’s – and the Premier League’s – most high-profile footballers.In 2011 he decided to have FUE hair transplant surgery. Within a year, Rooney had a full head of hair again and was very open about his experience. At the time, he tweeted his response about his experience: ‘I was going bald at 25 why not. I’m delighted with the result.

Rooney is not the only high-profile name in football to have undergone a hair transplant. Current Liverpool Manager, Jürgen Klopp underwent a hair transplant in 2012 to combat a receding hairline when he was the manager of German club Borussia Dortmund. A German news magazine, Der Spiegelnoted that it wasn’t hard to see that Klopp’s hair was thinning and they spotted that he had started wearing a cap while coaching the side. When Klopp revealed his hair transplant in 2013, the admission sparked a debate across Germany. Klopp, however, was quite relaxed saying “Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant and I think the results are really cool, don’t you?”

Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt is not necessarily a name which comes to mind when discussing hair transplant surgery, although he is no stranger to the procedure by any means. Nesbitt underwent two separate hair transplant surgeries, the most recent being in 2017, and he will go as far as to say that is has changed his life and his career prospects. Nesbitt told the Radio Times, “It was something I struggled with. And that was probably the vanity in me… career-wise it had an impact; in terms of the range of leading roles I’ve had since then it’s probably helped.”

George Sampson, who was the 2008 winner of Britain’s Got Talent, had suffered from hair loss for many years before deciding to have hair transplant surgery at the age of just 23. On his Twitter account, Sampson said that his hair loss was affecting his own confidence and that it could affect his work which is very image-orientated. He went on to say that some of the reasons for his hair loss was stress after losing a family member, genetics and head spinning from his dancing. Sampson has also been on national television to talk about this issue and has subsequently inspired many to come forward and be open about their personal struggles with hair loss.

It is not only male celebrities who have gone public with their hair transplant experiences. Former TOWIE reality star Maria Fowler has come forward on social media with her experience with hair loss and her decision to undergo hair transplant surgery with her husband in September 2017 at the age of 31. Her post surgery videos show she is amazed by the results so far. Fowler’s public conversation about her hair loss reassures women that hair loss amongst women is nothing to be insecure about and it can affect women just as much as it affects men.

The rise of celebrity hair transplants and the public discussions they have created have brought hair transplant out of the shadows. Together they have encouraged more open conversations about hair loss and the effects it can have on self-confidence. It is important to know that it is nothing that you should feel ashamed of and there are solutions.

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