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

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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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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.