Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd shows off results of his Crown Clinic hair transplant

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Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd has shown off the results of his hair transplant at Crown Clinic and revealed: “I had to do it to protect my mental health.”

The actor, who plays David Platt in the soap, said his hair loss had left him feeling depressed and jeopardised his chances of attracting future roles.

Jack, 31, can now grow his hair into the ‘Elvis quiff’ he has always wanted and his body confidence has soared.

He had the operation with our surgeon Asim Shahmalak at the clinic near Manchester Airport.

Jack said: “I had been depressed about my hair loss throughout my 20s and I knew I needed to get it sorted out to protect my mental health.

“As an actor, my hair and my looks are crucial to my success and if I go bald then I am not going to be considered for younger roles as I get older.

“I know a lot of actors have similar concerns to me and are desperate to cover up their baldness.

“We need surgical help not because we are particularly vain but to protect our livelihoods as actors.

“My body confidence has soared since I had the procedure as the new hair has grown back.

“It is nine months since I went under the knife (September 2019) and it takes a year to see the full effects – so I still have around 10% more to go.

“I have always wanted to grow an Elvis quiff and now I have enough hair at the front of my hairline to have a go at one.

“My hair is 1,000% better and it is lovely to hear the positive comments about the change in my appearance from everyone at Corrie.”

Jack had more than 3,000 hairs implanted into the front of his scalp by Dr Shahmalak just before the soap’s Christmas break in 2018.

He had a long-haired FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure similar to Wayne Rooney which meant Jack did not need his head shaving to obtain the donor hair from the back of his scalp.

This was crucial for Jack who had to look the same when he returned to his Corrie role in the New Year.

The new hair started growing back in the spring and now Jack’s hair transplant is almost complete (September 2019).

Jack said: “There are only a few cosmetic procedures that men can have to make themselves look younger. It is the modern day version of the boob job.

“No man wants to go bald, particularly one in his early 30s like me, and this simple operation can completely transform your life.

“I was in and out in a day, back on the Corrie set in two weeks and, nine months later, I have a completely new hairline.

“I have never felt more body confident and I know in taking this step I have helped my future as an actor.

“I have been inspired by stars such as Wayne Rooney and Calum Best who have been so public about their operations and how they have benefitted from surgery.

“It is the same cost as replacing your car but the benefits to your self-confidence and mental wellbeing are incalculable.”

Jack has been playing David Platt since he was 12 and he celebrates 20 years on Corrie in 2020. 

He blamed his baldness in part on stress and insomnia caused by off-screen pressures.

He said: “I remember seeing myself on screen and thinking: ‘Oh my God, it is really falling out.’”

He chose Dr Shahmalak for the procedure because of his global reputation for excellence and his work with other stars such as model Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen, former footballer Didi Hamann and Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts.

Jack said: “I was very keen to work with a UK surgeon – you do read some scary stories about things going wrong at clinics abroad in countries like Turkey.

“The very best surgeons such as Dr Shahmalak blend the new hair in so naturally and completely transform your appearance.”

Dr Shahmalak said: “I am delighted that Jack’s hair looks so good and he can grow the quiff he has always wanted.

“I have worked with a lot of actors and people who work in TV and they appreciate just how crucial a strong hairline is to their on-screen success.

“How many leading Hollywood heart-throbs are bald? Not many.

“I hope Jack will inspire more men to go public about their hair transplant because it is such a simple way to improve body confidence.”

 

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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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.