Most popular female and male haircuts of all time

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We commisioned some research recently at Crown Clinic to find the most popular hairstyles of all time for both men and women.

Here are the full findings with analysis from our hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak:

Duchess of Cambridge has the best female hairstyle of all time – beating Princess Diana's iconic shorter cut from early 1990s, according to a new survey
* Women voted Kate's flowing brunette locks from her 2011 marriage to Prince William their favourite style, followed by Jennifer Aniston's layered cut from Friends and Audrey Hepburn wearing her hair up in Breakfast at Tiffany's;
* Fourth place went to Diana's amazing shorter cut, created by stylist Sam McKnight which turned her into a fashion icon;
* The male list was topped by George Best in his Sixties heyday when he was playing at Manchester United, followed by Elvis's slick back quiff from the late 1950s and James Dean's quiff from the 1955 movie Rebel Without A Cause;
* The results are from a survey of 2,000 people (1,000 men and 1,000 women) from Crown Clinic in Manchester, the UK's leading hair transplant clinic
* Crown Clinic hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak: “What these polls show is just how important people's hair is in defining their overall style. If the hair isn't right, nothing else works, as Diana showed with those big cuts in the 1980s.”


The Duchess of Cambridge has the best female hairstyle of all time – beating Princess Diana's iconic shorter cut from the early 1990s, according to a new survey.
Women voted Kate's long flowing brunette locks at the time of her marriage to Prince William in 2011 as the best look.
In second place was Jennifer Aniston's layered cut, known as The Rachel after her Friends' character, styled during her mid-90s fame as their second favourite.
In third place was Audrey Hepburn's famous chestnut hair, worn up in an elegant French twist as Holly Golightly in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Princess Diana came fourth with the striking short-cut created by her long-time stylist Sam McKnight in the early 1990s which turned her into a fashion icon.
Fifth place went to Grace Jones’ flat top when she played the villain in the 1985 James Bond film A View To A Kill.
George Best in his 1960s heyday won the men's vote, followed by Elvis's slicked back quiff, James Dean's ground-breaking look from the movie Rebel Without A Cause, David Beckham's current side parting with beard, and Bob Marley's dreadlocks.
The results were from a new survey of 2,000 people by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain's leading hair transplant clinic.
It asked 1,000 women to vote for the most iconic female hairstyles and 1,000 men picked the best male styles.
Crown Clinic hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak: “What these polls show is just how important people's hair is in defining their overall style. If the hair isn't right, nothing else works, as Diana showed with those big cuts in the 1980s. 
“When Diana got her hair right in 1990, she instantly became a fashion icon.
“The Duchess of Cambridge is definitely a style icon for the modern age, inspiring women to change their styles when she switches looks in the same way that Princess Diana did in the 90s.
“It shows how quickly our memories fade because Princess Diana would undoubtedly have come top 20 years ago, but a new generation of royals now set all the trends.
“No man looked better than George Best in his Sixties heyday playing for Manchester United when he became the first 'pop star' footballer with a wonderfully full head of hair.
“Most of the popular male styles are retro, but David Beckham and Harry Styles remain style icons for the modern age.
“All the men on the list have thick hair and none shows the slightest trace of baldness.
“Would we have the same memories of George Best from the Sixties if he had been losing his hair?”
Dr Shahmalak is the UK's leading celebrity hair transplant surgeon – transforming the appearance of stars such as Calum Best, Gogglebox star Chris Butland-Steed and the footballer .
Bookings are up 25% as more men copy famous celebrities such as Calum Best and Wayne Rooney in bolstering their thinning locks with a transplant.

Top ten female hairstyles of all time

1 The Duchess of Cambridge's long brunette locks from 2011 when she married Prince William
2 Jennifer Aniston's layered cut, known as The Rachel, from the mid-90s
3 Audrey Hepburn's famous chestnut hair, worn up as Holly Golightly in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's
4 Princess Diana's ground-breaking short cut, created by stylist Sam McKnight, in the early 1990s
5 Grace Jones' flat top from the 1985 James Bond film A View To A Kill
6 Marilyn Monroe from Some Like It Hot in 1959
7 Halle Berry's short elfin cut for the Flintstones movie from 1994
8 Mia Farrow's pixie cut from Rosemary's Baby in 1968
9 Rihanna's long fringe and short sides from 2008
10 Model Twiggy's bob from 1966

Top ten male hairstyles of all time

1 George Best in his heyday from the 1960s
2 Elvis Presley's slicked back quiff from the late 1950s
3 James Dean from the 1955 movie Rebel Without A Cause
4 David Beckham's side parting and beard from recent years
5 Singer Bob Marley's dreadlocks from the 1970s and1980s.
6 American President John F Kennedy from the early 1960s
7 Humphrey Bogart slicked back style from the 1950s.
8 George Clooney from Ocean's Eleven in 2001
9 Bryan Ferry's side parting from early 1980s Roxy Music fame.
10 Harry Styles' flowing locks from his One Direction days



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.