Prince Harry has the sexiest beard in the world, according to a new Crown Clinic survey

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Crown Clinic has been in the news this week with our new survey saying that Prince Harry has the sexiest beard in the world.

He takes over the crown from David Beckham who drops down to second place.

The survey is making headlines all over the world including big pieces here in Mail Online and the Daily Star. 

We did the survey to highlight the fact that as many as 45% of British men struggle to grow full beards like Prince Harry.

As our surgeon Asim Shahmalak explained to the media, one way to combat the problem is by having a beard or sideburn transplant. Men can bolster either with hair harvested from the back or sides of their head. 

Here are the full findings of the survey.

His royal hairness! Prince Harry tops a new poll to find the sexiest celebrity beard – taking over crown from David Beckham
* Bad news is the ginger fuzz makes the prince look three years older;
* George Clooney was third and Ben Affleck was fourth;
* 62% of men reckon they look better with beards but only 38% of women agree;
* 45% of men struggle to grow a full beard like Prince Harry

Prince Harry has the sexiest beard in the world, according to a new survey.
The 31-year-old prince took over the crown from second placed David Beckham, who has previously been voted best beard wearer.
In third place was George Clooney and fourth was Ben Affleck.
But while the prince's closely cropped ginger beard has been a big hit with fans, they reckon it has aged the royal by three years.
They said he looked like a 34-year-old with his new growth.
Those polled were asked to gauge how old each star looked with a beard.
Beckham's beard aged him by two years – so he looks 42 with a beard compared to his real age of 40.
All the stars in the top ten looked older with a beard.
The results came in a new survey of 1,000 people  by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain's leading hair transplant centre.
The fifth most popular celebrity beard wearer was Ryan Gosling and Hugh Jackman was sixth.
Stella McCartney's designer husband Alasdhair Willis was seventh – the third highest Brit on the list.
Eighth place went to Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal was ninth and Fifty Shades of Grey hunk Jamie Dornan was tenth.
Men and women were split over whether the stars looked better with their facial hair.
The majority of men (62%) reckon that the stars were more attractive with beards.
But fewer women were fans of the facial fuzz, with just 38% preferring beards and 62% saying they prefer their men to be clean-shaven.
Almost half of men (45%) are unable to grow a full beard like Prince Harry.
Growing numbers of men are augmenting their facial hair with either beard or sideburn transplants.
Three years ago, bookings jumped by 25% due to the popularity of Olympic cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, famous for his mutton chop sideburns.
Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak is hoping for a similar surge, thanks to Prince Harry's new beard.
Dr Shahmalak said: “Prince Harry is a trendsetter for lots of men around the world and the reaction to his beard has been universally positive.
“While he looks great with his ginger fuzz, the sad fact is almost half the men in the UK cannot grow a full beard like Harry.
“There are gaps in their beard or sideburns and the end result is patchy and unattractive. We can fill in those gaps to make sure any man can get a full beard like Harry.”
Dr Shahmalak is the stars'  favourite hair transplant surgeon and his previous clients include Calum Best and Embarrassing Bodies presenter Christian Jessen.

Top 10 celebrity beards

1 Prince Harry
2 David Beckham
3 George Clooney
4 Ben Affleck
5 Ryan Gosling
6 Hugh Jackman
7 Alasdhair Willis
8 Brad Pitt
9 Jake Gyllenhaal
10 Jamie Dornan

How a beard ages men

                                   Real Age         Age he looks with a Beard

1 Prince Harry            31                    34
2 David Beckham       40                    42
3 George Clooney      54                    55
4 Ben Affleck              43                    45
5 Ryan Gosling           34                    37
6 Hugh Jackman         46                    49
7 Alasdhair Willis         43                    46
8 Brad Pitt                    51                    52
9 Jake Gyllenhaal        34                    39
10 Jamie Dornan         33                    36

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.

Expert hair transplant surgery by Dr Shahmalak

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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.