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Chris Evans is reviving the comb-over

It is one of the relics of the 1970s which we all thought we had left behind – the comb- over.

The comb-over was a hairstyle adopted by stars of the Seventies such as the former England footballer Bobby Charlon who disguised his baldness by ‘combing over’ longer hair from the side of his scalp.

It seemed fine in the Seventies, but 40 years on you do wonder why anyone thought that it was a good look.

Chris Evans has now been accused or reviving the comb-over. Take a look at these recent pictures of him from Mail Online:

At Crown Clinic  we have conducted research showing how the combover had died out

The comb-over – the Seventies hairstyle made famous by Donald Trump, Bobby Charlton and Christian Bale in the movie American Hustle  – is no more, according to new research.
Less than 1% of men grow their hair long and then comb it over their bald spot to hide the problem.
But modern men are still thinking of clever ways to disguise the fact that they are losing their hair.
The most popular technique is simply to shave the head – picked by a quarter of men (24%).
Stars who shave their head to disguise their male pattern baldness include Liam Gallagher from Oasis and actors Jason Statham and Ross Kemp.
The second most popular technique to hide baldness is simply to wear a hat or a cap – picked by 21% of men.
Jude Law and Jason Gardiner from Dancing On Ice have both used this approach.
In third place is a hair transplant– picked by a fifth of men (20%),  and a solution adopted by increasing numbers of celebrities.
Robbie Williams recently went public after his procedure and the England footballer Wayne Rooney has had two hair transplants.
Gordon Ramsay showed the tell-tale signs of a Follicular Unit Extraction procedure recently when he was pictured with the back of his head shaved and red spots at the bottom of his scalp – scars where the donor hair has been harvested before being transplanted into bald spots.
The fourth most popular diversion tactic is to grow a beard – to distract attention from thinning hair elsewhere.
Prince William did this recently – and it is technique chosen by 8% of men.
The results are revealed in a new survey of 1,000 men by Crown Clinic in Manchester – Britain’s leading hair transplant centre.
Other popular treatments chosen in the poll include hair weaves – used by Elton John and chosen by 6% of men in the survey, and hair pieces – popular with stars such as Kevin Spacey and Bruce Forsyth and picked by one in 20 men (5%).
Surgeon Asim Shahmalak from the Crown Clinic said that the comb-over had shown signs of a revival recently – with both Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne covering thinning hair in this way.
Dr Shahmalak said: “You’ll never again see the big comb-over swoops loved by men in the Seventies like Bobby Charlton.
“But it is wrong to say that the comb-over is completely dead.
“You only have to look at our own Prime Minister David Cameron who has a growing bald spot on his crown. Sometimes this is very noticeable in picitures and other times it completely disappears.
“This is because Mr Cameron cleverly disguises it on occasion by combing his remaining hair over the bald spot.
“He even joked earlier this year that one of his top priorities for 2014 was keeping his bald spot under control.
“George Osborne is receding around the temples but, like the Prime Minister, he has hidden his baldness by adopting a new hairstyle where he combs his hair forward.
“Osborne also joked about his new hair style, saying he had ‘turned it around to stop the recession.’
“Obviously Christian Bale in American Hustle reminded us all just how awful the Seventies comb-over was. That was the worst comb-over since Donald Trump, Bobby Charlton and the man in the photobooth in the Hamlet TV advert.”
Dr Shahmalak said there had been a 25% increase in men seeking transplants at his Crown Clinic, thanks to the ‘Wayne Rooney effect’.
He added: “A hair transplant is the only popular cosmetic procedure a man will chose to have and the only way of permanently restoring lost hair. Thankfully, there is no longer a stigma attached to it, thanks to stars like Wayne and Robbie Williams being so public about their operations.
“Around half the men in the UK will show some signs of male pattern baldness by the time they are 45,
“For many it is just not practical to shave their heads – it is not compatible with their jobs in business or law or showbusiness.
“So they have transplant and completely transform their lives.”
Dr Shahmalak has performed hair transplants on a number of celebrities including Christian Jessen from Embarrassing Bodies and the model Calum Best.

Top ten techniques to disguise baldness

1 Shaved head 24%
2 Wear a hat or cap 21%
3 Hair transplant 20%
4 Grow a bear 8%
5 Clinically proven hair treatment drugs such as Propecia or Minoxidil 7%
6 Hair weave  6%
7 Hairpiece 5%
8 Hair dye 4%
9 Strand by strand treatment favoured by cricket stars like Shane Warne and Graham Gooch 3%
10 Spray paint – mane thickening sprays made of tiny coloured fibres which allow men to pain over their bald patch – 2%.

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.