Is a hair transplant still taboo in 2019?

There is no denying that more and more people are being open about hair transplants today.

They do not seem to be the taboo subject that it once was – gone are the day in which you’d be ridiculed for admitting you wanted or have a hair transplant. 

This comes as great news to some who have been struggled with hair loss in the past but have felt that they couldn’t speak out or address the issue. Men and women are turning to hair transplants as a way to get their confidence back and restoring their receding hairlines. 

What does a hair transplant involve? 

A hair transplant is a procedure that moves hair to part of the head that is either bald or thin. A hair transplant is suitable for people suffering from a wide range of hair loss, and this is something you will be able to discuss during your consultation. The results are very natural and there are a lot of benefits associated with getting a hair transplant. A lot of people have credited this procedure as giving them their life back and giving them a huge confidence boost. This confidence can lead to positive effects on a person’s social and professional life. 

So why are they no longer taboo?

Celebrity Culture

There is no denying that there has been an increase in the number of people undergoing hair transplants, as well as an increase in openness on the subject regarding them. This could be in part due to celebrity culture which has ‘normalised’ the proceedure.

Only recently, boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, discussed his plans to get a hair transplant before the end of 2019. If you’re not a boxing man, you may even know him from the Twitter account NoContextHearn. 

Hearn was extremely open about his plans in an interview with IFL, and it is refreshing to see. He even said if he got one in the past he probably would have done it ‘on the sly,’ but now he doesn’t see the need to. 

In fact, he’s not the only man from the world of boxing to be open about this subject topic. Former super-middleweight world champion James Degale underwent a £6,000 hair transplant last year. DeGale decided to have a transplant after feeling like he was going bald and that it was making him look older. He allowed photos to be posted online and his surgeon documented the experience too. When you consider the fact that the ultimate hard man’s sport has a ‘loud and proud’ attitude when it comes to hair transplants, it is not hard to see how attitudes about the subject topic have definitely changed. 

There are a number of other celebrities who have had hair transplants and have been open and honest about it, ranging from reality show stars to footballers at the top of their game.  

Footballer Wayne Rooney is a prime example. He underwent a hair transplant back in 2011. He shared the news on social media platform Twitter, alongside the following message: “Just to confirm to all my followers I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25 why not. I’m delighted with the result. “It’s still a bit bruised and swollen when it dies down u will be first to see it. Anyone recommend any good hair gel. Haha.” 

Lady’s man Calum Best has also spoken about his hair transplant procedures. He said: “There is no doubt the three procedures have changed my life. No man wants to be bald when he is older. I have been losing my hair since my early 20s. Nature’s plan was for me to have thin and patchy hair across the top of my scalp.” Other celebrities with such a refreshing approach to their hair transplants include Jason Gardiner, James Nesbitt, Joe Swash, and Louis Walsh.

Changing Attitudes 

Of course, the increase in the number of people having hair transplants today can be attributed to changing attitudes. People are no longer having the treatment in secret. Instead, they are being honest and open, and then they are recommending their friends and family too. However, we also have to consider how much the treatment has advanced in recent times. The results today have improved considerably when compared with five to ten years ago. Nowadays, the attention to detail is impeccable and the results are better than they ever have been, and this is another reason why hair transplants are becoming more and more popular.

All in all, there is no denying that hair transplants have become less of a taboo. In the past, no one would have spoken openly about a hair transplant and they would have tried to get it in secret so that nobody noticed. However, today, people are being more open than ever before about the procedure. 

This article was written by KSL Clinic. You can view the KSL Instagram page here.