How having a full head of hair can boost your chances of finding love

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We had some fresh national newspaper coverage for Crown Clinic on Mail Online this week.


Here are the full findings of our new research.

Hair we go…how having a full head of hair can boost your chances of finding love
* Model Ben Southerst, 29, went on dating app Tinder with five different looks to find out which got the most matches;
* He digitally altered his picture so that he had five different looks: full head of hair, thinning hair, almost completely bald, heavy stubble and a beard;
* Each picture was posted on Tinder for a week and there a big difference in number of right swipes he got for each picture
* The experiment was carried out by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain's leading hair transplant clinic

Having a full head of hair can significantly boost your chances of finding love on dating sites, according to a new survey.
Male model Ben Southerst went on the dating app Tinder with five different looks to find out which got the most matches from potential female partners.
He posted one profile with a picture of how he really looks with a full head of hair and heavy stubble and gauged the reaction over a week.
Ben then made digital alterations to the picture and posted four profiles in successive weeks with slightly different looks – clean shaven, thinning hair, completely bald, with a full beard.
There was a big difference in the number of right swipes he got for each picture.
The  experiment was carried out by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain's leading hair transplant clinic.
Ben said: “It was incredible to see how quite subtle changes in your appearance can make a phenomenal difference to your dating success.
“What is clear from this experiment is that if you want to be a hit on dating apps like Tinder it is best to be clean shaven in your profile and have a full head of hair.
“That had by far the most positive reaction – not just in the number of swipes but in the way that women interacted with me after we had matched up.”
Here's how Ben got on with the five different looks:
* Full head of hair and clean shaven – 120 matches
Ben said:  “I got a phenomenal response and I was very flattered that so many women wanted to date me.
“I think that being clean shaven does make me look a bit younger and I think that might help you to get matches on a site like Tinder.
* Full head of hair and heavy stubble – 85 matches
Ben said: “This is how I look naturally – so it was reassuring to see that it was a pretty popular look, too. It is a close-run thing over whether to go clean shaven or let the stubble grow for a few days. Women are all different and lots clearly do prefer a bit of growth. My one observation from the responses was that the women who swiped were a little more forward than the clean shaven fans. It was obvious in most cases that they were looking for a quick hook-up rather than a boyfriend.”
* Full head of hair and full beard – 30 matches
Ben said: “You hear that the hipster look is still very fashionable so I wanted to see how I would fare dating with a heavy beard.
“It might look good on fashion pages but it does nothing for your appeal on dating apps. It was the second least popular look and a few of the women who contacted me suggested that I shave it off. I looked several years older than when I was clean shaven.”
* Thinning hair – 12 matches
Ben said: “I wanted to see how ageing my appearance by thinning my hair slightly would affect my popularity.
“The response was pretty emphatic – I got a quarter of the responses that I got from my most popular look.
“The ages of the women who approached me was significantly higher than I got with my real appearance. I was getting swiped by women in their 30s who mistakenly thought I was the same age as them. It was quite depressing to realise even marginal hair loss can hammer your chances of finding love.”
* Bald – 3 matches
Ben said: “I thought it would be useful to see what would happen if I completely lost my hair like Prince William.
“The results were pretty depressing – just 10 matches. The only bright spot was that you would like to think that those 10 women must really like you!”
Crown Clinic hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak said: “This survey shows just how much men's attractiveness declines when they lose their hair.
“When he was a young Prince William was hailed as one of the handsome royals in the world.
“Now that he is almost completely bald, William is seen as almost middle-aged and no one views him as a sex symbol.
“The impact of hair loss on dating app like Tinder is very clear. People are ruthless in their selections and a full head of hair can have a significant impact on your chances of finding love.”
Dr Shahmalak treats lots of celebrity patients and his clients include Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen, Chris Butland-Steed from Gogglebox and Homes Under The Hammer star Martin Roberts.
Bookings at Crown Clinic are up 25% in the last five years and a key factor has been the 'Rooney effect' – with young men copying stars such as the ex-England captain in having a transplant.  

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.