Two-thirds of women give their lover the brush off when choosing a new hairstyle

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We’ve been doing some fresh research for Crown Clinic – looking at what influences people before they change their hairstyle.

We want to see what drives men to seek a hair transplant– either a FUT or a FUE procedure?

It is obvious from our poll that their wife or girlfriend can be a key factor in encouraging men to come forward. Read the full findings of our survey here:

Two-thirds of women give their lover the brush off when choosing a new hairstyle, according to a new study by Crown Clinic 
* 83% of women reckon they know best what style suits them and are not influenced by the preferences of their husband or boyfriend;
* Women are more likely to be influenced by a girl pal – 54% will talk to a friend before switching styles, compared to 33% who will ask their man;
* Men are much more eager to please their partner when changing their hair – 57% would not switch if their partner objected;
* Women’s hair icons through the decades are Carla Delevingne, Duchess of Cambridge, Jennifer Aniston and Nigella Lawson – they like darker hair, more subtle styles;
* Blondes definitely have more fun for men – their icons are Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz and Elle Macpherson;

Two-thirds of women ignore their partner’s wishes when choosing a new hairstyle, according to a new study.
It found that 83% of women believe they know best what style suits them and are not influenced by the preferences of their husband or boyfriend.
Women are more likely to be influenced by female friends than a lover – with 54% referring to pals before altering their look, compared to 33% who ask the man in their life.
Only one in six women (16%) would change their new hairstyle if their partner said he did not like what they were planning.
Men are much more likely to consult their lover before switching styles.
Six out of ten men (62%) said they would ask their wife or girlfriend before adopting a new look.
And 57% of men would not go ahead with a radical change in style if their wife or girlfriend objected.
Only 54% of men believe they know the hair style that suits them best – and 20% would consult with male friends before switching styles.
The results are revealed in a new survey of 1,000 people by Crown Clinic in Manchester – Britain’s leading hair transplant clinic.
It founded that men and women have different ideas about what hairstyles look best after they were both asked to choose their favourite male and female hair icons in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Women’s choices were:
* 20s Carla Delevingne – aged 22;
* 30s Duchess of Cambridge – aged 33;
* 40s Jennifer Aniston – aged 46;
* 50s Nigella Lawson – aged 55.
Men’s choice were completely different with a strong preference for blondes or women with fairer hair, whereas brunettes were more popular with women.
* 20s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – aged 28;
* 30s Scarlett Johansson – aged 30;
* 40s Cameron Diaz – 42;
* 50s Elle Macpherson – aged 51.
Around half the male patients at Crown Clinic seek treatment on the advice of their wife or girlfriend.
Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak said: “There is no doubt that men are much more likely to listen to their partner when changing their hairstyle or seeking a hair transplant.
“I think this is because they are lot less confident of their style and many men genuinely think their woman knows best. Men understandably also want to look good for that special person in their life.
“It is why we often see men coming to the clinic with their partners when they contemplating a transplant. The women often have very firm ideas on the style a man should adopt.
“Women are much more sure of their style and are less reluctant to be swayed by male persuasion when it comes to picking styles for their own hair.”
Dr Shahmalak said the big differences in the choice of favourite celebrity styles showed how men and women were poles apart when it comes to hair.
He said: “Men have a clear preference for blondes right through the ages whereas women tend to prefer dark hair and slightly more subtle styling.’
Dr Shahmalak is Britain’s leading hair transplant surgeon, known for his work with celebrities such as the model Calum Best and the Embarrassing Bodies presenter Wayne Rooney.
Crown Clinic has seen a 25% increase in bookings in the last three years thanks to the ‘Rooney Effect’, with men, particularly those under-30, copying the England captain in bolstering their hair with a transplant.

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.