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Lulu is Britain’s most ever-green female star

We’ve been doing some more research at Crown Clinic. We thought it would be fun to look at how our favourite celebrities are ageing and who looks the best as the years roll on. We specifically asked which stars looked youngest in the way they dressed and wore their hair.

The findings were fascinating – with Lulu winning the female poll and Paul McCartney wearing the male poll.

Lulu real age is 66 but she dresses like a 38-year-old – a difference of 28 years; Macca’s real age is 72 but his dress age is 48 – a 24 year difference.

What was particularly interesting to us was that not a single male celebrity in the male top ten was showing any significant signs of male pattern baldness.

It shows again that stars can significantly prolong their careers if they can keep hold of their hair. Some are lucky enough to do this naturally while others benefit from a FUE or a FUT hair transplant.

Here are the full findings of the poll, with analysis from our surgeon Asim Shahmalak. We expect the poll to be featured in the media over the next few days.

Lulu tops a new poll to find the star who dresses years younger than her real age. The singer is 66 but dresses like a 38-year-old – giving her a gap of 28 years
* Joan Collins came second – she is 81 but dresses like she is 55, a gap of 26 years.
* Anne Robinson came third with a real age of 70 and a dress age of 51
* Paul McCartney topped the male section – his real age is 72 and his dress age is 48.

Lulu is the world’s most ever-green female celebrity, according to a new poll which looked at the difference between stars’ real ages and the age at which they dress.
The singer’s real age is 66 but she dresses like a woman of 38 – giving her a difference of 28 years.
Joan Collins came second – she is 81 but dresses like she is a 55-year-old, a gap of 26 years.
In third place was Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson – whose real age is 70 and whose dress age is 51.
Paul McCartney topped the male section with a difference of 24 years between his real age of 72 and the age he dresses – 48.
In second place was Johnny Depp who has a real age of 51 and dresses like a 29-year-old – a difference of 22 years.
Third place went to 72-year-old Harrison Ford, who dresses like a man of 54, 18 years younger than his real age
The survey of 1,000 people was carried out by Crown Clinic, Britain’s leading hair transplant centre.
A panel was asked to gauge which stars showed the biggest difference between their real ages and the age they dressed.
The poll found found that 82% people believe that it was possible to look younger than your real age by the way you dress.
However, 42% of people also said that wearing inappropriate clothing can also ADD years to your real age.
The biggest single factor which aged a celebrity of either sex was greying hair, chosen by 78% of respondents.
Other factors which aged stars were wrinkles (69%), being overweight (57%), lined hands (54%), and hair loss (52%).
Fourth place in the female poll went to Sigourney Weaver – with a real age of 65 and a dress age of 47, a gap of 18 years.
Elle Macpherson was fifth with a difference of 17 years between her real age of 51 and her dress age of 34.
Fourth place in the male poll went to Brad Pitt, who is 51 but dresses like a 34-year-old. Fifth place went to Mick Jagger, whose real age is 71 and his dress age is 55.
Hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak said: “Lulu looks incredible – it is staggering that she is six years over the legal retirement age for a woman in Britain.
“Similarly Paul McCartney is a wonderful advert for great styling – we all know he dyes his hair but he does it brilliantly and looks decades younger than his real age.
“What is very clear from this poll is that nothing ages a star quicker than their hair.
“None of the top 10 women and a few of the men have grey hair, and all the men show no appreciable signs of baldness.
“The message is clear: if you want to stay at the top, look after your hair.”
Dr Shahmalak is Britain’s hair transplant surgeon to the stars.
His clients include the Dr Christian Jessen, presenter of the Channel 4 medical show Embarrassing Bodies, and Calum Best from Celebrity Big Brother.

Real Age   Dress Age  Difference
1 Lulu                             66              38               28
2 Joan Collins                81              55               26
3 Anne Robinson           70              51               19
4 Sigourney Weaver      65              47               18
5 Elle Macpherson         51              34               17
6 Carole Vorderman       54              38               16
7 Demi Moore                 52              37               15
8 Sandra Bullock             50              37               13
9 Amanda Holden            44              34               10
10 Halle Berry                  48              39                9

Real Age    Dress Age   Difference
1 Paul McCartney            72                48               24
2 Johnny Depp                 51                29               22
3 Harrison Ford                72                54               18
4 Brad Pitt                         51                34              17
5 Mick Jagger                    71                55              16
6 Tom Cruise                     52                37              15
7 Keith Richard                  71                 57             14
8 David Beckham               40                 30             10
9 Rob Lowe                        51                 42              9
10 Ewan McGregor            44                  36              8

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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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 


For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.