Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the long-running ITV soap Coronation Street, has taken some decisive steps to deal with the hair loss that has been evident on- and off-screen for some time.
Halsall, 34, had been losing hair to the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness, a treatable condition that affects hundreds of millions of men around the world. It would appear that, as his receding hairline and increasingly obvious thinning crown worsened, he decided to sign up for a hair transplant.
The actor is reported to have visited Belgravia’s hair transplant partner Dr Bessam Farjo, at his Manchester clinic near where the soap is filmed. Whilst Dr Farjo offers FUT transplantation (also known as strip surgery because a strip of follicles is surgically removed from the back of the head) and FUE transplantation, it is not known which the actor opted for. The latter is more labour-intensive as it involves harvesting and implanting hair follicles one by one from the donor area. For this reason, this type of procedure is more costly, too.
Thinning hair for several years
On-screen, Halsall’s hair has been gradually thinning for several years – a common sign of androgenetic alopecia. This has, to some degree, worked in the character actor’s favour professionally as it seemed to be in keeping with mechanic Tyrone’s rather tumultuous storylines.
Among the things that the Coronation Street writers have thrown at his character are being beaten by his now ex-wife, money worries, accidents, and also false accusations that he had an affair. There are several hair loss conditions that can be exacerbated by stress – including Male Pattern Baldness – which is why the hair thinning has fitted the character on-screen – if not the actor off it.
What’s interesting is that Halsall’s new-look hair was first evident last spring – around the same time that he made a public reconciliation with his wife, Lucy-Jo Hudson. The press, however, have only just picked up on the hair transplant story, with the Daily Mirror quoting a “spy” as saying: “Behind the scenes, Alan and Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald), have been poking fun at each other’s hair for a while. When Paddy McGuinness made a cameo on Corrie, he also made jokes about his and Alan’s hair issues. So Alan decided to take the plunge into getting a transplant last year. Since then, he’s been the talk of the set. Everyone’s really impressed with how it looks.”
If Halsall’s hair transplant did indeed coincide with him getting back together with Ms Hudson, he certainly wouldn’t be the first man to have given himself a confidence boost by dealing with his hair loss.
Professional male hair loss treatment is an extremely popular option and many men choose to seek out the help of a specialist clinic so that they receive personalised plans and dedicated support. This is also because courses based around the only clinically-proven hair loss treatments – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil – are a more affordable option, and results can generally be seen more gradually. Many men find this natural progression preferable to having to explain a shaved head followed by a boost in the volume of their hair.
A custom hair loss treatment course is based around these two MHRA and FDA approved hair loss medications which have shown themselves highly effective at both stopping the production of a testosterone by-product named DHT, which ultimately causes hair to fall out in people who have a genetically-predisposed sensitivity to it, and also helping new hairs to grow. Additional hair growth boosters can also be added in depending on the client’s needs and situation.
What’s also worth mentioning is that even when a man signs up for invasive hair restoration, his surgeon is likely to advise using hair loss treatment products both in the run-up to the procedure (to give the surgeon more to work with), and after the operation, on an on-going basis, too. This is because hair transplants alone are unlikely to provide a long-term fix. As the hair surrounding the new grafts, around the top of the scalp and hairline, is still subject to the same genetic issues that caused the restored hair to thin out in the first place, pharmaceutical treatment generally forms an important, ongoing part of transplant aftercare in order to maintain the new look.
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