Top of the crops … Ryan Giggs’ barnet before and after treatment
FOOTIE ace Ryan Giggs won’t need any hat tricks in the future – the Man United player was reported to be undergoing treatment to boost his barnet this week.
The Reds star, 36, is thought to be having laser sessions to thicken his receding locks.
And though the treatment may not be painful, it will cost the dad-of-two an eye-watering £6,000.But with seven in ten men affected by hair loss at some point in their life, what else can fellas do to battle baldness?
KATE WIGHTON spoke to the experts to find out…
Despite the thousands of hair loss cures touted in shops and on the internet, medics caution that only two treatments are known to be effective in treating baldness.
These are called Finasteride, which is a pill, and Minoxidil, which is a lotion.
Both are available from pharmacies and studies suggest they work by thickening existing hair and preventing further loss.
Some fellas even experience hair re-growth but many don’t see the effects until four months after starting the treatment.
Hair will start to fall out again if either treatment is stopped, which can prove painful on your bank balance.
Giggs is believed to be having this controversial treatment at the Advanced Hair Studio.
Last year regulators banned the company’s adverts featuring Aussie cricketer Shane Warne for being misleading.
But the chairman of Advanced Hair Studio, Carl Howell, claims there is good evidence to support the treatment.
He says: “We combine the laser treatment with a serum, shampoo and tablet.
“The laser stimulates blood flow in the area of the follicle. This brings the ingredients faster and more effectively to the hair.”
The treatment starts from £2,600 and requires two sessions a week for three months, followed by one a month for seven months.
This procedure involves taking the hair follicles from the back of the head and surgically grafting them into bald patches on the scalp.
The op can take up to six hours and costs between £2,000 and £7,000.
Asim Shahmalak, a hair transplant surgeon from the Crown Clinic in Manchester, says: “This procedure is for men who have lost too much hair to be helped by medication.
“For instance, someone like Alan Shearer – he has gone beyond medical help and should come to us for a hair transplant.”
Mr Shahmalak believes Man City player Stephen Ireland and former England football manager Steve Mclaren would also be suitable for hair transplants.
He adds that one-in-ten of his hair transplant patients is a woman.
According to Carl Howell, from the Advanced Hair Studio, most celebs opt for “strand-by-strand” replacement.
This involves covering a bald patch with artificial skin and implanting strands of donated human hair into it.
The hair is usually bought from women in Russia, though it can also come from India or China.
He explains: “The hair is generally from ladies who grow it long and sell it on.
“It has to be ‘virgin hair’ – not permed or coloured.
“The treatment ranges from £3,000 to £10,000. We create a second skin made from silicon and non-surgically graft it to the balding areas of the scalp.
“A client can have as little or as much hair as they want, but longer hair and certain colours are more expensive.
“And you have to come back for maintenance every month – it’s like going to the hairdressers.”
He adds that sportsmen such as Michael Vaughan, Graham Gooch and Shane Warne have had this treatment.
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