Jack P Shepherd
Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd has shared how he had a hair transplant at Crown Clinic after stress caused him to go bald.
The actor said there had been a ‘dramatic’ escalation in hair loss at the front of his scalp due to off-screen pressures and insomnia in the last year. He had more than 3,000 hairs transplanted into the front of his hairline by our surgeon Asim Shahmalak at the hair transplant clinic near Manchester Airport.
Jack, who has played David Platt in the soap since he was 12, said: ”It is such a common thing for guys to have now – like a male version of the boob job. I decided to have it done because my hair loss has escalated in the last year, particularly at the front of my scalp. I remember seeing myself on screen and thinking: ‘Oh my God, it is really falling out.’”
One of my mates had a transplant and he looked so much better afterwards that I didn’t recognise him. I was blown away by the improvement and he told me he wished he had done it earlier. I thought if I am going to do it, I should act now so that I can get the benefits for longer. I wanted to get my hair back to what it was like before so that I could style it at the front in any way that I like.Jack P Shepherd
Learn more about Jack P Shepherd’s hair transplant procedure
At the start of Coronation Street’s two-week Christmas break in 2018, Jack had the same follicular unit extraction procedure as stars like Wayne Rooney and Calum Best. Follicles were removed individually from the back of his scalp and then replanted by Dr. Shahmalak in the balding areas around his temples and at the very front of his hairline. The surgeon shaved a small area at the back of his scalp to obtain the donor hair so viewers would not notice any difference in his appearance as David Platt when filming resumed the next month.
Jack said he had been losing his hair for the last decade but in the last year he felt he needed a hair transplant. ”I could see the difference when I watched myself on screen and when I was travelling in a lift the mirror would highlight my hair loss. A few of the make-up girls at Corrie suggested that I should have it done and I talked it through with a few people at work. My hair loss had accelerated in the last year. I have had a few personal issues off-screen which have been stressful and I am also an insomniac which just adds to my stress levels. No one likes to lose their hair and hopefully, I can make a real difference to my appearance because I am losing it right at the front where you notice it the most.”
Jack chose Dr Shahmalak for the procedure because of his global reputation for excellence and his work with other celebrities such as Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen, ex-footballer Didi Hamann and Home Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts.
Jack said:“I decided if I were going to have it done I would go to one of the world’s best surgeons. You want your hair to look right and the transplant completely natural. Dr Shahmalak was recommended to me and, so far, I have been delighted with the results.”