Lulu is Britain’s most ever-green female star

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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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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.