How having shorter hair can make you look four years younger, according to Crown Clinic research

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We put out some new research from Crown Clinic this week in how having shorter hair can make men and women look younger.

Women can shave four years off their age by cutting their hair shorter like the Duchess of Cambridge, according to new research
* Men can lop three years off their age by copying Harry Styles and adopting a shorter cut;

* Longer hair is harder to maintain and more likely to show off women’s biggest ageing factor – grey roots at the bottom of dyed hair;

* Biggest ageing factor for men was growing their hair longer to cover up bald spot

* Research by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain’s leading hair transplant centre;


Cutting hair shorter like the Duchess of Cambridge makes women look four years younger, according to new research.
And men can shave three years off their age by copying Harry Styles and adopting a shorter cut, too.
Two-thirds of those surveyed (64%) said that shorter hair had an anti-ageing effect on women.
And a clear majority (58%) said men looked younger with cropped hair, too.
Half of respondents (54%) said that longer hair was harder to take care of –  and poorly maintained hair was one of the biggest ageing factors.
And 74% of those polled said that it was more difficult to disguise greying if you wear your hair long.
The biggest ageing factor of all for women – chosen by 57% of those polled – was grey roots showing up in dyed hair.
Men’s biggest ageing factor was growing hair long to cover up bald spots.
The results are from a survey of 1,000 people by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain’s leading hair transplant centre.
The research found that long hair on women which hangs down on both sides creates a vertical focus, adding more gravity to the face.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 35, stunned the fashion world by unveiling a drastically shorter hairstyle this summer.
The pregnant royal lopped three inches off the length in a new shoulder-skimming cut which was styled in soft, loose curls.
Other female celebrities who have switched from long to shorter hair and looked younger as a result include Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Cheryl Tweedy, Kim Kardashian, Emma Watson and Kirsten Dunst.
Harry Styles, 23, radically changed his appearance for the summer blockbuster Dunkirk, chopping off his shoulder-length hair for a spikier, cropped look.
Other male stars who have switched from long to shorter hair in the course of their careers and benefitted by looking younger include George Clooney, David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Zac Efron.
Crown Clinic hair transplant Asim Shahmalak said: “Hair is the most important factor in ageing us all.
“Get your hair right and you can take years off your age.
“This is evident in female style icons like the Duchess of Cambridge who looks younger and fresher with her shorter hair.
“Men can radically change their appearance by updating their hairstyle, too. The biggest mistake they can make is going for a comb-over like Bobby Charlton or David Cameron to cover up their baldness.
“Far better to either shave the head like Jason Statham, so people cannot tell just how bald you are, or take the option of increasing number of celebrities such as Calum Best and have a hair transplant.”
Dr Shahmalak’s other celebrity clients include the Gogglebox star Chris Steed, Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts, football pundit Didi Hamann and TV doctor Christian Jessen.
There has been a 40% increase in men seeking hair transplants in the last five years and a key factor has been the ‘Rooney effect’ with young men in particular following the lead of the former England soccer captain in having a hair transplant. 

Top five female celebrities who look younger with shorter hair

1 Duchess of Cambridge
2 Taylor Swift
3 Jennifer Lawrence
4 Anne Hathaway
5 Halle Berry

Top five factors ageing women’s hair

1 Grey roots showing through hair dye
2 Over bleaching
3 Dark, one dimensional colour
4 A blunt fringe
5 Fine hair

Top five male celebrities who look younger with shorter hair

1 Harry Styles
2 David Beckham
3 George Clooney
4 Brad Pitt
5 Zac Efron

Top five factors ageing men’s hair

1 Growing it longer to cover baldness
2 Grey roots
3 A ponytail
4 Curtain-style longer hair
5 Fine hair

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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.