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Why is Prince Harry’s hair loss accelerating so quickly?

Dr Asim Shahmalak, consultant hair transplant surgeon at Crown Clinic, is one of the UK’s leading expert on hair loss.
His celebrity clients include Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd, TV doctor Christian Jessen, model Calum Best and Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts. He gets media enquiries from all over the world. The subject he is asked about most often at present is Prince Harry’s hair loss.

Specifically, people want to know why the 35-year-old royal is losing his hair so quickly. Here are some of the most popular questions.

How quickly has Harry lost his hair since marrying Meghan and becoming a father compared to before marrying her – and why would that be?

Dr Asim Shahmalak said: “Prince Harry’s hair loss has accelerated in the last two years since his marriage to Meghan.
“Over that time his bald patch has more than doubled in size. His bald patch is most noticeable around the crown area but his hair is thinning fast towards the front of his hairline, too.
“While stress is a small factor in hair loss, the main reason for his hair loss is the Windsor baldness gene.
“Prince Harry has just been unlucky. That gene has really kicked in just at the time that he has met the woman of his dreams. His hair loss was much slower before he met Meghan. I don’t think meeting Meghan is a factor. His baldness gene took off at exactly the wrong time.”

How does Harry’s hair loss compare to his brother and dad’s hair loss?

Dr Asim Shahmalak said: “Prince Harry is now experiencing the aggressive hair loss that his older brother William went through in his 20s. William is 37 now, two years older than Harry, but he pretty much lost all the hair on the top of his scalp in his 20s. By the end of his 20s, Prince William was balder than his father (Prince Charles) and his grandfather (Prince Philip).
“Prince Harry’s hair loss was slower to take root than his older brother. They have the same baldness gene but it does not always proceed at the same rate amongst family members.
“Harry’s hair loss has really accelerated in the last two years. He will be as bald as his big brother if he does not take action.
“Prince William has chosen to embrace his hair loss, wear his remaining hair short and do nothing about it. I suspect that Prince Harry will be more proactive in sorting out his problem.
“It was reported earlier this month that Prince Harry has been seeing a trichologist about using hair thickener products.
“There are clinically proven drugs you can take to combat hair loss.
“Finasteride, also known as Propecia, could slow down or even stop Harry’s hair loss.
“A lot of men take in combination with a hair transplant. It won’t grow him any new hair but it is clinically proven to treat hair loss and is effective.
“A very small number of patients experience symptoms such as loss of libido and the growth of man boobs. These might put Harry off but they soon go away when you stop taking the drug.”

What are the causes of hair loss usually?

Dr Asim Shahmalak said: “The overwhelming cause of hair loss is your genes. It started with Prince Philip and has now been passed down to Prince Charles and on to his sons Prince William and Prince Harry. Let’s hope baby Archie doesn’t get it, too!
“It is a myth that the baldness gene is only passed down on the mother’s side. Even here, there is a pattern of hair loss because Harry’s mother Princess Diana had a bald father in Earl Spencer.
“So Harry has the baldness gene in both sides of his family. He was always at a high risk of suffering male pattern baldness.”

What reasons do most men who come in to have hair transplants give for their choice to have it? Could Meghan have persuaded him to go and get a hair transplant?

Dr Asim Shahmalak said: “Prince Harry could have come under pressure from his bride Meghan to tackle his hair loss.
“She was a Hollywood actress in her former career so she knows very well the value of looking good.
“A lot of my clients come due to subtle pressure applied by their partners who would rather not be dating a bald man. That could well be what is happening with Harry.
“It is important to stress that Prince Harry has not had a hair transplant at this stage. He may well be taking medication to slow or halt his hair loss but it is very difficult to hide having a hair transplant when you are as high profile as Harry. You would have be able to tell through the scarring in the immediate aftermath of the operation.
“But the only way that Prince Harry can properly tackle his aggressive hair loss is with a hair transplant. He is at a good age and at a good stage of his hair loss for such an operation. He still has a good covering of donor hair at the back and side of his scalp and a hair transplant operation could make a real difference to his appearance, making him appear years younger.
“If Meghan isn’t already persuading him to have a hair transplant, she should do.
“It is too late for Prince William. His male pattern baldness is at such an advanced stage that there is little that can be done to cover it up, short of wearing a wig.
“That is not the case with Harry. His situation can still be salvaged but he needs to have a hair transplant in the next couple of years to stop the rot and also take medication to slow down or halt his hair loss. There is no reason why Harry should eventually be as bald as his brother, father and grandfather if he takes action now.
“Prince Harry is about to embark on a new career away from the royal family where he will need to be attractive and marketable to big brands. A good way to do that is with a hair transplant.
“I would not be surprised if Meghan was advising him to have one. And that would be very good advice.
“Harry could have a FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant like my clients Jack P Shepherd and Calum Best
“Hairs are extracted individually from the back and sides of the scalp and replanted in the balding areas on the top.
“With 1,500 grafts, which amounts to around 3,000 individual hairs, he could fill in his bald patches. He may need a further hair transplant a few years later if he does not take medication to slow down his natural hair loss. But there is every indication that he is already taking that medication.”

If you’d like to find out more about the hair transplant procedure, please feel free to contact our team who will be happy to help.

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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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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 

 

For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.