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Gogglebox star Chris Steed’s new hair transplant at Crown Clinic

This week we shared the new story about Gogglebox star Chris Steed’s second hair transplant at Crown Clinic with our surgeon Asim Shahmalak.

As you can see, Chris got a fantastic result having his second FUE (follicular unit extraction procedure) at Crown Clinic.

Here are a couple of pieces that ran – in Mail Online and OK! magazine online. The full story is below.

‘I had a second hair transplant so I would look gorgeous at my wedding on Saturday’: Gogglebox star Chris Steed shows off his new look after going under the knife again ahead of his big day
* He had 4,000 hairs replanted into his hairline in an £8,000 operation with Asim Shahmalak from Crown Clinic –  the UK’s top hair transplant surgeon;
* Chris admitted: ‘I am never going to be happy being baldie. I look 10 years younger after my latest transplant.’

Gogglebox star Chris Steed shows off the new hair transplant he had so he would look ‘gorgeous’ at his wedding.
The star of the hit Channel 4 ties the knot with his boyfriend of three years, landscape gardener Tony Butland, at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on Saturday, July 8
He had 4,000 hairs grafted onto his hairline – just 18 months after he covered up the bald spot on the back of his scalp around his crown with a similar procedure.
Chris had both transplants at Crown Clinic in Manchester with surgeon Asim Shahmalak whose celebrity clients include Calum Best, the TV doctor Christian Jessen, the football pundit Didi Hamann and Martin Roberts from the TV show Homes Under The Hammer.
Hairdresser Chris, 41, said: ‘I had a second transplant in 18 months because I wanted to look gorgeous when I walk down the aisle with Tony on Saturday.
‘Lots of men cope brilliantly with baldness and are happy to shave their heads to cover it up like my fiance Tony.
‘But I’ve never wanted to be a baldie!
‘I’m a hairdresser and I love creating wonderful hairstyles for all my clients. Having these hair transplants has ensured that I can have great hair myself.
‘I’ve always been incredibly vain and it would be a big blow to my self-confidence if I lost my hair.
‘For years, I wore wigs and hairpieces to cover my baldness after I started losing my hair in my teens.
‘But that is not a long-term solution to the problem. You end up ripping out the little remaining good hair you have left by sticking them on, and you also get horrible scabs on your scalp.
‘I would be completely bald now without these hair transplants, but I now have virtually a full head of hair.’
Chris had the same FUE (follicular unit extraction) technique used by Wayne Rooney, Calum Best and a string of other stars to bolster their hair.
The donor hair is taken from the back and side of scalp individually – meaning the only scarring is some red pin pricks which only last few after the procedure.
Chris, from Hove, East Sussex, appears on Gogglebox with his ex-boyfriend, hairdresser Stephen Webb, who is the only one of his co-stars attending the wedding.
‘They are all lovely people but Stephen is the only person from Gogglebox that I know really well,’ explained Chris.
‘We all do our filming at home, so we never actually meet each other except at big events like awards shows.
‘I didn’t want to sell my wedding to a magazine and have lots of stars there who weren’t genuine friends – it is a special day for my very closest friends and family which is why Stephen is the only one going.’
Chris and Stephen are two of only six originals who have been in the Channel 4 show since it started five years ago.
Chris first start losing his hair when he was 18.
He said: ‘I found it devastating and did everything I could to cover up my baldness including using wigs. But who really wants to wear a wig or a hairpiece?
‘Hair transplantation has developed so much in the last 10 years. You can create a lovely natural look and you don’t have to take hair off at night like a wig!
‘It is the only long-term solution for a problem like mine and I am so lucky to have such a great relationship with Dr Shahmalak, who works with all the stars and is the best in the business.
‘The technology is developing so fast that I am sure that they will be able to clone hair soon so you’ll only need to take out a few strands and then copy them for a hair transplant.
Chris said that being on TV has made him more vain. His latest procedure cost £8,000 but prices start at £5,000 at Crown Clinic.
He said: ‘I think that happens to everyone on the box, particularly with the popularity of social media. People don’t hold back if you look rubbish.
‘I’ve had everything – regular Botox, fillers, my teeth veneered and whitened, fake tan and I dye my beard. My friends joke that I have body dysmorphia but I just think I am incredibly vain.’
Dr Asim Shahmalak operates on lots of celebrities at Crown Clinic every year including many footballers who prefer not to go public about their transplants.
He said: ‘Chris has got a fantastic result. It is not unusual for a patient to have three transplants – Calum Best has also had three and Wayne Rooney has had more than one procedure.
‘Lots of men don’t like taking drugs to limit their hair loss.
‘Chris says he looks ten years younger as a result of the surgery – it is impossible to put a price on that feel-good factor.
‘A hair transplant costs the same as upgrading your car – but studies show that men with a good covering of hair tend to earn more and are happier and more successful. Lots would rather have great hair than a brand new car.’
Bookings at Crown Clinic are up 25% in the last five years and a key factor has been the increasing numbers of younger men ‘doing a Rooney’ and following their favourite stars in having a procedure.

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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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.