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Elon Musk’s Hair Transplant Update in 2021

Update: December 2021

A New Haircut for Elon Musk

Elon Musk (the world’s richest man, with a current net worth of $300 billion) and his hair surprise us yet again. This week, he made a much talked about appearance with a new haircut. It looks like Mr. Musk’s hair transplant has held up pretty well for all these years. Or perhaps he had more than one hair restoration procedure as is common?

Elon Musk Haircut
Elon Musk’s New Haircut in December 2021.

The rear view in the above photo does not seem to indicate any major strip scar from a FUT hair transplant. Perhaps he got an FUE? Edit: A reader “Alex” pointed out two photos of Elon Musk showing what looks like a strip scar. In fact, one of the photos is from the new ones above, but closer up magnification.

It is also a possibility that Elon has a high-quality hairpiece. However, most doctors and surgeons seem to think that he definitely got a hair transplant procedure.

2017 Update: Almost two years after I wrote this post, Elon seemed to credit the “crown chakra” as helping him regrow his hair. Recent photos of him in 2018 suggest that Mr. Musk’s fuller hairline is still going strong. If you have enough money, you can reverse androgenetic alopecia (at least for a decade or two).

Dec 22, 2015

Elon Musk Hair Transplant Before and After
Elon Musk’s Hair Transplant Before and After.

Elon Musk had a phenomenal 2015 and has been in the news virtually every week this year. His motor vehicle (Tesla) and solar power (SolarCity) companies continue to grow despite some turbulence. This week marked a new zenith to Mr. Musk’s fame after the successful SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching and booster landing.

Several weeks ago, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel (a fellow Paypal co-founders) and a number of other IT sector luminaries created a non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research organization called OpenAI. It aims to develop AI while protecting mankind from rogue unfriendly AI led annihilation. While reading about that story, I came across a past photo from 2000 of Elon Musk’s hair (link to WSJ article with photo here).

Past Thinning Hair and Balding

Elon Musk Hair Loss
Elon Musk’s Hair Loss.

Recently, I was quite shocked to see Elon Musk’s past thinning and receding hairline. I always see Mr. Musk with a full head of hair in all his recent photos.

In 2000 he was just 29 years old, which means that he probably started balding in his mid-20s or perhaps even earlier. You can see close-up balding images of Mr. Musk in this video from 1999.

Elon Musk’s Hair Transplant

The below is what Elon Musk looks like nowadays per a Gawker magazine/CBS before and after hair transplant photo.

Elon Musk Hair Restoration Before and After
Elon Musk Hair Restoration Success.

I bet that he has had a hair transplant surgery procedure. Perhaps one day someone who interviews him will ask him which surgeon he went to for his hair transplant surgery?

Most likely, he went to a California based surgeon since he lives in the state for most of the year. The results are excellent and prove that as of 2015, hair restoration remains the best option we have to treat male pattern hair loss.

Joe Rogan

In 2018 and 2020, Elon Musk was interviewed twice by Joe Rogan. Those two interviews became the most watched videos ever on Mr. Rogan’s YouTube channel. Unfortunately, there was no discussion on how Elon regained his previously thinning hairline. I hope he divulges more information on this like other celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher.

Elton John and his Hair Mishaps

Today is “Be Bald and Be Free Day”. However, most of us refuse to shave it all off and be free. Therefore, every October 14th is no celebratory occasion for us. Singer and entertainer extraordinaire Elton John agrees with this sentiment. Mr. John has never shaved his head, despite going bald decades ago.

Elton John’s Bad Hair Transplants

Elton John in Hat AutobiographyThis past week, Sir Elton John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) has been all over the news. He has been giving some very reveling interviews due to tomorrow’s release of his autobiography: “Me”.

The 72 year old singer and pianist is also on his farewell tour, titled “Farewell Yellow Brick Road”.

In his autobiography, Elton John devotes a lot of space to discussion about his bad hair transplants, wigs, hairpieces, hats to hide his scars and more.

Never Let Anyone See you Bald

My favorite anecdote entails how when Elton John thought that his home was being burgled, his first worry concerned his hair. He ran to his bedroom to put his wig back on. If he was going to be killed by the burglars, he wanted to at least be found dead with a full head of fake hair!

Elton John Hair Transplant Disaster

One of the most surprising things I discovered is that Elton John had two hair transplants in 1976 in France. However, he was highly dissatisfied with the results. His surgeon was a leading hair transplant expert named Pierre Putot.

With his head covered in “scabs and weird craters”, Elton John wore a hat all the time when in public for the next decade. Modern day hair transplants are usually much safer and superior.

Nevertheless, things can still go wrong in the hands of a bad hair transplant surgeon. e.g., see my post on a hair transplant gone wrong. This is especially true if you are travelling abroad to get cheaper hair transplants.

Elton John Hair Loss
Elton John with hair loss and a receding hairline. Source: Getty Images.

Men with excess body hair tend to go bald more frequently, and Elton John is yet another example of this phenomenon. Above photo is from the 1970s, when hairy chests were highly fashionable.

Elton John’s Hairpiece

Elton John Hairpiece Hair System.
Elton John wearing a hairpiece or hair system.

Elton John is one of the most famous people that is confirmed to be wearing a hairpiece. He initially tried a hair weave in the 1980s.

After being told that it looked like a dead squirrel, he got a hairpiece. He has also worn various hair systems and wigs over the years.

Some celebrities such as John Travolta have removed their hairpiece (or hair system or toupee or weave) once in a while. However, Mr. John has never appeared in public without his hair glued on.

No Shaved Head

In the past, Elton John has on rare occasions discussed his hair loss issues. In the below video, Mr. John mentions how his head is the incorrect shape for a bald shaved head look to be suitable.