TV star Ben Jardine boosts his self-confidence with hair transplant at Crown Clinic

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Married At First Sight star Ben Jardine has told how he had a hair transplant at Crown Clinic to boost his self-confidence.
Ben became famous on the hit Channel 4 show where millions saw him marry police officer Stephanie, 32, without ever meeting or seeing her before the ceremony.
They spent months trying to make the marriage work and moved  into their own flat before they decided it wasn't working.
Despite the heartache, Ben is ready to find love again and underwent a hair transplant to fix his male pattern baldness.
The property developer, who has also starred on Celebrity Big Brother, had 3,000 hairs transplanted into the front of his scalp by our consultant surgeon Asim Shahmalak.
Ben, 37, from Bromley in south east London, said: ''I know my first marriage didn't work out but I would like to meet someone special and getting my hair sorted out might help with that.
''I have been losing it for years and it is particularly noticeable around the temples. You see pictures of yourself on Celebrity Big Brother and think: 'It is really falling out – I need to do something.'
''I am a big believer that opportunities come your way if you have self-confidence and feel good about yourself.
''I know having a full hairline will make me look years younger and hopefully it can help me find the woman of my dreams.
''You have got to love yourself if you want someone else to love you.''
Ben had the same FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure as Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd, who plays David Platt in the soap and was a patient at Crown Clinic just before Christmas.
Follicles were extracted from the back and side of his scalp and then replanted in the balding areas at the front.
It will take up to a year for the new hair to fully grow back when Ben should have a completely full hairline.
Ben said: ''Losing your hair does make you look years older and it definitely knocks your confidence when it comes to dating.
''I haven't been very lucky in love previously but I am on old-fashioned romantic who just wants to meet a lovely woman and settle down.
''The only difference this time is that I will meet her first and get to know her properly before tying the knot! I have definitely learnt my lesson on that score.''
Ben was approached in the street by a researcher from the Channel 4 show and asked if he was interested in marrying a stranger.
He was just recovering after the painful break-up of a 13-year relationship and the chance of a fresh start appealed to him.
Experts matched him with Stephanie and they tied the knot before honeymooning in Mallorca and setting up home in Clapham, West London.
But they soon realised that they were ill-suited and he split with Stephanie shortly after filming ended, though they are both still waiting for their divorce to come through.
Since then, he has had a baby girl, 15-week-old Siena Grace, with another former girlfriend, Spanish yoga teacher Silvia Sanchis, 41, who still lives with Ben in Bromley even though they are no longer together.
Ben said: ''I have absolutely love being a dad and it is great that Siena Grace is living with me even though her mum and I are no longer together. We are still good friends and both just want what is best for Siena.''
Ben started losing his hair in his early 20s but the process has accelerated in recent years.
He chose Dr Shahmalak for the procedure because of his global reputation for excellence and his work with other celebrities such as Corrie's Jack, model Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen, former footballer Didi Hamann and Home Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts.
Ben cannot wait to start restyling his hair when the transplant fully grows back in about a year.
He said: ''Your choice of surgeon is the most important consideration when having a transplant. I wanted the best in the world and I am delighted with the work so far by Asim Shahmalak, who is the best in the business.
''It should be ready for Christmas. I quite fancy trying some different looks and it will be wonderful in my late 30s to have more hair than when I was a teenager.''
As well as becoming wealthy through developing properties abroad, Ben is also a professional middleweight boxer and Thai boxer and he is working on a new TV series where he trains up other celebrities for fights in the ring.
Dr Shahmalak, who also has consulting rooms in Harley Street, said: ''Like a lot of people on TV, Ben is self-conscious about his looks. A hair transplant will make him look at least five years younger and should do wonders for his self-confidence.
''I work with a lot of TV stars who need to look good to maintain their public profiles. A hair transplant costs much the same as changing your car but it can completely transform your life.''

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.