Chris Evans is reviving the comb-over

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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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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.


Why does sun damage the hair?


Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.


Protecting your hair from the sun


Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.


Protecting your hair from the sea


Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.


Protecting your hair in a swimming pool


Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 


Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 


Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 


Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 


If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 


Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 


It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 


Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 


If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.