Gogglebox star Chris Steed’s hair transplant at Crown Clinic

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Gogglebox star Chris Steed has a £10,000 hair transplant and says: “I feel 10 years younger.”
* The star of the hit Channel 4 show does a  ‘does a Rooney’ by having 2,000 grafts implanted into his crown;
* He had previously worn elaborate wigs to cover up his male pattern baldness;
* It is his second hair transplant procedure in the last five years after he began losing his hair when he was 18;
* He had the work done to prepare for his wedding next year to his fiancé, landscape gardener Tony Butland;
* Chris’s procedure was carried out by Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak, whose clients include Calum Best and TV doctor Christian Jessen

Gogglebox star Chris Steed shows off the results of his £10,000 hair transplant procedure and says: “I feel 10 years younger.”
Chris went under the knife and had 2,000 hair grafts transplanted into his balding crown.
It was the 40-year-old hairdresser’s second hair transplant in the last five years after he started losing his hair when he was just 18.
Chris said: “I am so pleased with the results and I do feel 10 years younger.
“I had significant baldness around my crown and this new procedure has filled in all those gaps. My first procedure was around the front of my scalp and my hairline.
“I started losing my hair at a very early age and would be as bald as a coot now, just like my dad, if I had not received this help.
“As a hairdresser, I am acutely aware of the importance of having great hair and looking good and I am so pleased that the technology is there to make a real difference to the lives of men who are losing their hair. It can be heart-breaking and shatter your self-esteem.”
Chris had his most recent procedure at Crown Clinic in Manchester with our surgeon Asim Shahmalak whose celebrity clients include Calum Best and the TV doctor Christian Jessen.
He had the same follicular unit extraction (FUE) method used by Crown Clinic client, soccer star Didi Hamann, where grafts are removed individually from the back of the scalp and transplanted into the balding area.
Chris has starred on Gogglebox since the show started three years ago – sharing his views on the week’s TV with his former boyfriend Stephen Webb, a hairdresser.
Chris, from Hove, East Sussex, had previously worn £500 wigs and ​​toupées for years to cover up his baldness.
He quit using them because he was damaging his remaining hair by gluing the hairpieces to his scalp.
He had his first hair transplant procedure five years ago – 2,700 grafts in the front of his scalp.
After finding fame on TV, he decided to have a second procedure just prior to his 40th birthday – this time focusing further back, around his crown and mid-scalp area.
Chris, posing with his pet miniature dachshunds Buddy and Rusty who appear on Gogglebox with him, said: “I have suffered the devastating consequences of hair loss for the last 20 years. It was fun wearing the wigs for a time because they looked amazing but they are not a long-term solution.
“You damage your hair gluing them on and they can have embarrassing consequences and come off at the wrong times! I can remember one man almost getting the surprise of his life when it almost came off in his hand.
“I realised the only long-term solution to my problem was a hair transplant.
“I was really pleased with my first procedure, and after Gogglebox became such a success I decided to have a second procedure.
“I chose the surgeon Asim Shahmalak because he had done such an amazing job with Calum Best who is gorgeous and has wonderful hair.
“I had it during a break in filming Gogglebox just after Christmas and then returned to the last series with my head shaved where they had taken the donor hair for the procedure. I was wearing a baseball cap to cover it up while my hair grew back.
“I had messages on Twitter from fans asking if he had cancer because I was wearing the cap – they thought I might have lost my hair through chemotherapy!
“Well, the truth is that I have had a hair transplant and I am very happy to make that clear. I have posed up now for pictures because all the lovely new hair has grown back.
“Thousands of men have been inspired by people like Wayne Rooney, Calum and Robbie Williams to get help with their hair.
“The technology has improved so much that you cannot tell if a person has had anything done. I am a hairdresser and even I cannot tell unless I have known the client before the procedure.”
Asim Shahmalak treats lots of celebrities at Crown Clinic – many of whom prefer not to go public.
Dr Shahmalak said: “Hair transplants have never been more popular – particularly amongst celebrities who need to look good to stay in the public eye. You can completely change your appearance for the same cost as upgrading your car.
“Chris was a joy to work with and has had a great result around his crown. He still has a good covering of donor hair and could benefit from a further procedure.”
Dr Shahmalak has seen a 25% rise in bookings at Crown Clinic the last few years due to the ‘Rooney effect’- men inspired by the England captain boosting their hair with a transplant.
Chris, who also has Botox every three months to look younger, was picked to take part in Gogglebox at the start due to his fun personality after one of the producers visited the hair salon where he was working.
Chris got his then boyfriend Stephen Webb to join him on the sofa, but they split up soon after the show started.
They remain great friends and film all the shows in the living room of Chris’s bungalow in Hove.
Stephen, 44, will be at Chris’s wedding to landscape gardener Tony Butland, 46, who proposed to him at the top of the Eiffel Tower on a romantic getaway to Paris in September. Stephen has also got engaged to his new boyfriend, Daniel Lustig, also a hairdresser.
Chris said: “I am so excited about the wedding, it is going to be the happiest day of my life. I am thrilled that my hair will be looking good in the wedding pictures.”

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.

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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.