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Mental Health and Hair Loss

It’s not uncommon that mental health is a significant side effect of hair loss. It can affect confidence and self-esteem, particularly for women and those experiencing hair loss at a younger age.

Why Does Hair Loss Effect Mental Health?

No one can prepare for that first moment of brushing your hair to find clumps of hair caught between the bristles. It’s daunting and can frighten someone for various reasons. It could be down to age, medical treatment, or it could be unexplained. Either way, it can rapidly affect your behaviour.

Unlike other medical conditions, the shredding of hair isn’t always something you can hide, which can make you feel vulnerable. But remember, while some people’s hair will regrow naturally, there are still options to help with hair restoration, such as having a hair transplant

For those who don’t suffer from hair loss, it isn’t easy to understand how it affects someone, as it’s often perceived as cosmetic. But in reality, our hair defines our appearance and something we’re all obsessed over. We regularly visit hair salons, spend time styling it and to ensure it always looks good, and we often take our hair for granted.

It can be psychologically damaging to experience hair loss, and it can affect your day-to-day life, such as going to work, socialising with friends and family, and even popping to the supermarket. It emotionally affects everyone differently, and it’s something that should be taken seriously.

Naturally, it’s more distressing for those who experience severe hair loss, as it significantly changes the way you look. Sadly, while hair loss affects confidence, it can also cause depression, anxiety, paranoia, and social phobia. 

So, it’s essential that if you feel your hair loss is impacting your mental health to seek professional advice and speak to your family and friends who will provide a support network. And remember, you’re not alone.

Does Mental Health Cause Hair Loss?

Unfortunately, there is a link between mental health and hair loss. Various mental health attributes can lead to hair shedding, such as stress and anxiety. Telogen Effluvium, Trichotillomania and Alopecia Areata are the three most common conditions. 

Telogen Effluvium is generally temporary and a result of a period of stress that sends hair follicles into a resting phase, halting the reproduction of hair. 

Trichotillomania is more psychological and associated with negative emotions and OCD. People who suffer from this condition are known to pull their hair out, but not just from their scalp, but other areas of the body, including their eyelashes. 

Alopecia Areata is probably the most recognisable form of hair loss and stress, whereby the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. This causes your hair to thin and sometimes bald patches.

Please note, while stress is a common cause, it’s only severe levels of anxiety that leads to hair loss. 

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Depression can lead to dry and fragile hair, and low mood levels can reduce your hair follicles from reproducing, thus resulting in hair loss. Some prescribed anti-depressants have a hair loss side-effect, but this can be temporary, so it’s worth speaking to your GP if this is a concern. 


There are other factors to consider with hair loss, such as poor diets, heavy alcohol intake, ageing, medical treatment, pregnancy and even the amount of sleep you have. There are ways to treat it too.

If you’re suffering from hair loss, whether it’s mental health-related or for other reasons and looking for a permanent solution, book a consultation with Dr Shahmalak today who will discuss the most suitable hair transplant option for you.

If you are suffering from an underlying mental health condition, you must speak to a medical professional such as your GP and call a helpline. There are many charities to contact who can offer support, such as MIND. The NHS also has a mental health service available.  

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 


For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.