Former X-Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels has taken steps to deal with his hair loss by having a hair transplant – and he seems happy with the results.
Desperate to deal with what he admitted was his “biggest insecurity”, the star of the hit TV show’s 2009 series booked himself in for a procedure at a clinic in Yorkshire. He has been documenting his hair transplant journey on Twitter and Instagram, where some of his thousands of followers have been offering their support.
The remedial work on Daniels’ scalp has been designed to deal with the effects of Male Pattern Baldness, a genetic condition which will affect around half of all men by the time they are 50. This permanent hair loss condition can start to emerge in those with an active ‘balding gene’ any time following puberty. This can cause many men to feel insecure and lose part of their self-esteem and confidence, which is why so many men opt to try and keep their hair.
Lots of swelling
Various transplant options are available, and the one Daniels plumped for is known as Follicular Unit Extraction, which in his case was performed with assistance from a specialist robotic system known as ARTAS. The singer even shared a video of the machine in action.
To keep followers in the loop, Daniels made a vlog showing his progress, though on the second day after surgery he made sure the camera went no higher than the top of his nose, stating that, “anywhere above this is disgusting at the moment, with a lot of swelling.”
Luckily, after two weeks the singer was a little more upbeat and posted that, “all the scabs around each follicle have come off in the wash. As you can see, my hair’s already showing growth through each follicle… still short, of course, and my old hairline towards the middle is a little longer and therefore looks a bit thicker-looking.”
The singer’s receding hairline and growing widow’s peak were classic signs of genetic hair loss in men, a third ‘symptom’ being shedding around the crown.
Not everyone with the condition signs up for a transplant, of course, not least because these can easily cost more than £5,000. Instead, some men opt for the “natural” look, possibly going down the Bruce Willis route, though many choose a Male Hair Loss Treatment course at a specialist clinic. These are tailored to each individual, and typically concentrate on stopping hair falling out and encouraging new growth, which can be accomplished with two clinically-proven drugs, finasteride 1mg and minoxidil, as well as a range of additional hair growth boosters.
Most men who sign up for non-invasive hairloss treatment do so without telling anyone; one of its greatest attributes is that regrowth happens gradually, over the course of several months. Unlike a hair transplant, there is no grand overnight fanfare (or swelling/scabbing) which shows that something dramatic has happened to the head.
Of course, it is impossible to say which X Factor stars may have been quietly using hair loss treatments, precisely for this reason. This non-surgical approach can produce subtle maintenance results if started at the first signs of male pattern baldness, meaning that other people may not even realise.
Hair transplant because he was “bored”
Rumours persist, however, that quite a number of the show’s leading lights have actually had hair restoration surgery. Even the impeccably-coiffured Gary Barlow isn’t immune to speculation, with suggestions that his recent revelation that he had just washed his hair for the first time in 14 years was conceived as a way to explain away the magical thickening of his thinning crown and increased fullness to his slightly receding hairline.
Less ambiguous are regular X Factor judges’ house guest and Barlow’s former Take That bandmate Robbie Williams, who admitted in 2013 that he had a hair transplant because he was “bored”, judge Louis Walsh who had one back in 2011 and Matt Cardle, the 2010 winner, who has owned up to two surgical restoration procedures.
Additionally, 2010 quarter-finalist Wagner and 2012 entrant Christopher Maloney have all had hair transplants. Maloney, in fact, has had three – costing a total of £60,000 – in an attempt to combat what he called stress-related hair loss.
In cases where men opt for surgical grafts to correct instances of male pattern baldness, they will often be required to follow a pharmaceutical hair loss treatment regime for around six months prior to the operation, in order to maximise regrowth and stabilise shedding, then on an on-going basis after the op. This is in order to deter the hair around the transplanted areas from falling prey to hereditary thinning and thereby preserve the surgeon’s work.
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