Prince Harry’s heir loss

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Crown Clinic was in the news again this week with a story about Prince Harry's hair loss.

The 31-year-old prince is already showing signs of male pattern baldness around his crown.

And if he does not act soon, he could end up being as bald as his 33-year-old big brother William, the Duke of Cambridge, according to our surgeon Asim Shahmalak.

We wrote a piece about this for the media which was covered in the Sun and the Daily Star as well as lots of other news websites. Here is a link to the Daily Star piece quoting Dr Shahmalak at length.

Here is the full release which we shared with the media.

Hairs to the throne! The bald truth about how Prince William and Prince Harry will look at 50

* Royals' strong baldness gene means that Prince Harry will go the same way as his brother and could benefit from a hair transplant,
according to Britain's leading expert on hair loss

Prince Harry is going to need a hair transplant soon if he does not want to be as bald as his big brother William, according to Britain's leading expert on hair loss.
The 31-year-old bachelor prince is already starting to show signs of significant hair loss around the crown at the back of his head.
And with a strong family history of male pattern baldness, Harry is likely to be as bald as the 33-year-old Duke of Cambridge by the time they are both 50, said hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak.
New graphics showing how both princes will look when they are 50 have been drawn up by Dr Shahmalak from Crown Clinic in Manchester.
Dr Shahmalak, hair loss expert on the Channel 4 medical show Embarrassing Bodies, said: “There is a strong baldness gene in the royal family which has very obviously been passed down to Prince William and is already affecting Prince Harry, who is starting to show the first
signs of thinning hair around his crown.
“The only long-term cure for baldness is a hair transplant.
“I fear that it is too late for Prince William, who has too larger an area of baldness to cover.
“But if his hair loss accelerates, Prince Harry would really benefit from a hair transplant. He could look 10 years younger with the right procedure.
Dr Shahmalak has based his predictions on the brothers' strong family baldness gene – their grandfather (Prince Philip), father (Prince Charles) and uncle
(Prince Edward) are all bald.
They also have baldness on their mother's side: Princess Diana's father, the late Earl Spencer, had very thin hair.
Dr Shahmalak said that sons can also mimic the style of relatives' hair loss – losing hair in the same places.
The royals typically are left with a very thin covering on top from their 40s onwards.
Both Prince Charles and Prince Philip have tried to cover-up their hair loss by combing hair from the side of the scalp over their bald
Statistics show that 50% of men have started shedding their locks by
the time they reach 50 – and an even greater number have some element of grey in their hair.
Increasing numbers of men are turning to hair transplants to prevent baldness.
England football captain Wayne Rooney, singer Robbie Williams and Crown Clinic client and model Calum Best have all had hair transplants in recent years.
Bookings at Crown Clinic have shot by 25% over the last two years, thanks to the 'Rooney effect'- with young men in particular inspired to copy the Manchester United star.
Rooney's two hair transplants prompted record numbers of men under-30s to go under the knife to save their hair.
Dr Shahmalak said: “It would send out a wonderful signal to men if one of the royals were to reverse their baldness with a transplant.
“Studies consistently show that male pattern baldness can shatter not just men's confidence but their earning power, too.
“Prince Harry is one of the world's most eligible bachelors but that might be the case when the family baldness gene catches hold.”
Dr Shahmalak is famous for his work with celebrities.
He has carried out two hair transplants on Doctor Christian Jessen, star of Embarrassing Bodies (FUT), who said he was delighted with the work.
Dr Jessen said: “The new hair has really boosted my confidence. I find doing photo shoots much more bearable.”
The model Calum Best (FUE), 35, also had two hair transplants with Dr Shahmalak and said he felt five years younger afterwards.

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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.