Category Archives: Hair Loss News

Birth of a Nation and Hair Transplant Boom

I live in the greater Seattle region. We just gave birth to the world’s newest country (no. 196) called CHAZ. Now renamed to CHOP. This area is home to Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Zillow, Costco, Nordstrom, T-Mobile, Expedia, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, the world’s two richest men, Bruce Lee’s grave and much more. Yet CHAZ is surely Seattle’s proudest moment ever?

Earlier this month, the National Guard arrived in Seattle due to looting and ransacking of the most popular nearby high-end mall. Not to mention total chaos in the downtown core itself. The high-end mall looting occurred at exactly the same time as the local police inspector was prostrating to a crowd just several hundred meters away. A successful decoy tactic by some of the protesters + looters acting in cahoots?

The controversial mall owner is not causing anyone to shed tears. However, I do feel sympathy for numerous smaller retail shop owners in my region and throughout the US. Instead of a hair loss cure, 2020 has brought us armageddon.

Mac Jack's Beer to Keep Calm
Mac & Jack’s Beer to get through 2020.

Our Seattle Mayor calls this whole tragic situation the summer of love. Our Governor pretends to be totally oblivious about the new breakaway country of CHAZ. Our third most powerful politician aims to make this new country permanently independent from the police. She is also leading the way in massively raising taxes on Amazon. The most popular video about my city on Youtube is called “Seattle is Dying“.

I nevertheless always remain calm, cool and collected by drinking locally made Mac and Jack’s African Amber Ale. Until recently, it was only available in draft at bars. It seems like they now sell this beer in cans at stores too.

As Long as you have Hair, Death is Okay

The wise Elton John once stated that even when he thought he was being burglarized and potentially murdered, his only concern was his hair. He wanted to make sure that his dead body was shown in newspapers the next day with a full head of hair. You never want looters to kill you when your baldness is visible and not hidden. This advice is better than buying guns, which I still refuse to do.

By his own admission, Elton John’s most valuable possession is his great hairpiece. His past bad hair transplants did not work out well at all, but the hairpiece is fabulous.

Hair Transplants Booming

It should be noted that hair transplants have improved drastically in the decades since Mr. John had his mishaps. Hair transplant news related articles have been especially frequent these past few weeks.

As always, British newspapers cover hair restoration related topics far more thoroughly than US media. Many of the US readers will not recognize some of the celebrities mentioned below. In chronological order:

Cheyenne Jackson Strip Hair Transplant Scar
Cheyenne Jackson’s Strip Hair Transplant Scar.
  • Australian cricket legend Shane Warne believes that he is the leading force in ending the stigma around hair transplants. I did not realize that Mr. Warne suffered so much in front of the cameras as a professional athlete and celebrity. He is an ambassador for Advanced Hair Studio.
  • Also from the UK, 25-year old Stuart Scott got a hair transplant after suffering from hair loss since his teens. The final straw was when a women on Plenty of Fish rejected him due to his baldness. Now he gets far more interest from women due to his increased scalp coverage. His hair transplant cost was “more than £2000”.
  • Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis is pleased with her British Hair Clinic hair transplant results. She used to be bullied due to her her high hairline.
  • 31-year old boxer Tyson Fury does not care about his hair loss. He has refused numerous free hair transplant offers from leading clinics. Well down Mr. Fury.

British Media’s Obsession with Hair Loss

For the purposes of this post, I have equated the UK to be the same as Great Britain (or British). I did not want to use only one of those names repeatedly throughout the text.

Long-time readers of this blog will know that I include links from the UK’s Daily Mail more frequently than from any other newspaper in the world. The Daily Mail is superb when it comes to covering the latest developments in the hair loss world, including sometimes very technical science and research related breakthroughs. Very surprising, considering all the trashy content and pop-up ads throughout this paper’s website. They have hired a good team to cover both celebrity and scientific hair loss related news.

Having said that, other major UK based newspapers such as Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian,  Metro, The Sun, The Independent, Daily Express, London Evening Standard, The Times and BBC (online only) all have very good coverage when it comes to hair loss news.

British media hair loss related content has been especially prolific and interesting this past couple of weeks. Something sorely lacking in the US.

Some interesting recent hair related stories from the UK:

Metro: Drastic weight loss leads to hair darkening and thickening

Really hard to believe this August 29th story from Metro.  A man named Brian Mcauley lost over 100 pounds (lbs) of weight. Then his completely white hair became entirely dark. On top of that, his hair became thicker than before. He sounds quite sincere, but of course this seems ludicrous.

Weight Loss Thicker Hair

The Guardian: How close is a cure for baldness?

On August 31st, The Guardian published an interesting article on how close we are to a cure for baldness. While the author omits discussion of most of the potential future cures and treatments for hair loss, he does provide an update on osteoporosis drug WAY-316606.  He also discusses its related hair loss drug’s potential clinical trials via Italian company Giuliani Pharma.

Apparently, Dr. Nathan Hawkshaw has stopped research work in this area, but Giuliani Pharma hopes to take his findings and proceed to clinical trials. Very unlikely that we will see this drug come to market anytime in the next 3-4 years even if trials do proceed on time.

The Guardian article also mentions RiverTown’s RT1640, which involves a similar treatment mechanism, but via the direct use of Cyclosporine A and several other compounds.

Daily Mail: An egg a day keeps hair loss at bay

On September 1st, The Daily Mail covered some unusual recent findings from Japan regarding egg yolks potentially helping stimulate hair growth. These scalp hair benefits all stem from the VEGF growth factor protein found in egg yolks. Unfortunately, this hair stimulation from egg-based VEGF is too minimal to take this research seriously. Nevertheless, an interesting story.

BBC: Fighting against my receding hairline

While the BBC does not have a print edition, historically it has always been the world’s most well known and longest running English language news source when it come to TV and radio mediums. Even for online news during the past two decades, the BBC has an edge over CNN as the world’s foremost news source.

On September 4th, BBC online had an interesting video about a British guy treating his hair loss via a hair transplant in Turkey. Make sure to read my post on the dangers of getting a hair transplant abroad.

The Sun: David Beckham hair transplant

On August 24th, The Sun had a headline claiming that famous former soccer player David Beckham just became one of a growing number of celebrities who has had a hair transplant.

On September 7th, the same Sun newspaper changed its mind and asked: “Has David Beckham had a hair transplant?”

The Telegraph: Conman dupes retirees to pay for hair transplant

A September 11th story from The Telegraph is not as shocking to me as it may seem to others. One guy became so desperate for hair, that he decided to rob an elderly couple with dementia. The stolen funds were subsequently used to pay for a hair transplant.