Prince William is ‘confident enough’ not to have hair transplant
15th October 2022

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Dr Manish Mittal from The Mittal Hair Clinic is a hair density expert and knows a thing or two about why men go bald and what they can do about it. He spoke to Express.co.uk about what is likely the reasons behind William’s balding.

Dr Mittal said: “Prince William appears to have embraced his genetics rather than fighting what can ultimately be a losing battle that is hair loss. It is a continuous progressive condition.”

The doctor explained that Prince William has options when it comes to thickening his hair.

“A hair transplant surgery should be considered a last resort and if hair loss is stabilised, and not progressing rapidly year on year then a hair restoration procedure can be considered,” Dr Mittal said.

“To stabalise the hair loss he [William] would have needed to use a DHT suppressor which is a by-product of testosterone, causing hair loss.

“However, side effects can quite often put people off, and requires significant counselling to attempt to get patients to use the medication, libido often being the biggest concern.

“Side effects typically are 1:100, but this medication is essential to stablising the hair loss.

“Hair transplants can be effective in patients who are good responders to medication and have slow progressive hair loss.

“Prince William had a good hairline in his twenties, but his hair loss appears to have been fairly rapid and progressive. We would classify him as a Norwood Six on the hair loss scale.”

Dr Mittal went on to explain what would happen if William had a hair transplant, saying: “We would attempt to restore the hair in thirds moving front to back, but it would never look perfect and would need a minimum of three surgeries.

“Because of the look he adopts now it would be very obvious he has had a hair transplant if he went down this route because of how little hair he has. Should he get a hair transplant, this would be down to how good his donor area is around the back of the head.

“What prospective patients need to understand is the hairs for a transplant come from the typical horse shoe pattern of hair remaining in older 70 or 80 year old men. This, in essence, is a bank which can not be topped up and only withdrawn from.

“So, it is important to invest the hairs removed from this area wisely as once taken can not be regrown.

“Hair transplant surgeries need to be taken seriously, because if done well can be life changing for men and women, but if done poorly can lead a massive loss of confidence and a complete destruction of self esteem.”

If one wanted a hair transplant, Dr Mittal recommended looking at the IAHRS (the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons) to book a few consultations with multiple different surgeons.

Jonathon Andrew, from haircare professionals Fudge, added that Prince William might not want a hair transplant because of the potential scrutiny. He said: “From a perspective of the Royal Family, it doesn’t matter what they do, they are always in the spotlight. Whatever choice William makes he will always face criticism.

“I respect the fact he hasn’t caved under pressure and had a hair transplant – he feels confident enough to embrace his natural hair. To have a transplant is a big commitment, its usually up to one year to see full results, so he would always be scrutinised in the public eye whilst his receding hairline grows back.

“Realistically, as it is always genetic, hair transplants are a great option. They’re extremely natural, and if I felt the need to have one it would be the first thing I did.”

But there are other ways men can prevent hair loss, according to the experts, such as eating enough vitamins and looking after one’s scalp.

Harley Street consultant dermatologist and hair loss expert, Dr Ophelia Veraitch, told Express.co.uk: “Keeping hair vitamin levels optimal can be helpful. Also ensuring physical and mental health is optimal can help hair health a lot.

“Managing mental health issues is important as the stress related hair shedding (telogen effluvium) can be very stressful in itself and also uncover male pattern hair loss.

“Mindfullness meditation and counselling are things that I recommend for patients that come to me with the stress related shedding.”

Dr Veraitch added: “It is also important to look after the hair scalp. Limiting heat and chemical hair treatments can help keep the hair healthy.

“Keeping hair in natural styles and not applying too much tension is also important. Once a week, I recommend an oil mask for the hair, to be soaked into the scalp for several hours and then washes out. Regular hair cuts can also help keep split ends at bay and to keep the hair ends looking healthy.”

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