In 2011, Wayne Rooney, the popular Manchester United and England forward, openly admitted that he had a hair transplant worth £15,000 at the age of 25 after his hairline had very dramatically receded in only a few years during his late teens.
Although some people criticized Rooney for this move, many fans widely supported him with this decision, which brought receding hairline issues for men and women alike to the forefront of the news and beauty debates.
While women have had the opportunity of resorting to hair extensions for a long time without much criticism, however when they start facing the issues of hair loss and receding hairlines, men of all ethnic groups have struggled with ensuing body image issues, especially younger men.
Being laughed at and ridiculed for wearing wigs is something that even super-rich Donald Trump cannot escape. But even with the invention of hair transplants, the stigma attached to making use of this surgical treatment was difficult to face for many men and women.
Until Rooney’s announcement in 2011. He even recently proudly showed off his top-up results at Wimbledon.
Since then numerous celebrities have undergone hair transplant treatments and proudly showed off their new locks, including actors like Mel Gibson and rock musicians like Chris Wolstenholme from Muse. Some even call it ‘doing a Rooney’ and many now publicly name new celebrities who should be undergoing the treatment, like Jude Law, whose receding hairline and thinning hair has been debated at large by fans and experts alike. But Jude Law doesn’t seem to care, which makes him a rarity amongst balding men. But those who do deal with their hair issues head on, now start standing by it.
And why should they hide it? The results are very obvious and why shouldn’t men and women be able to get help with their body image issues, when the beauty and fashion industries lives off those insecurities alone?
The perception of hair transplant and restoration treatments has widely changed thanks to these “celebrity endorsements”. Not only has it helped critics open their eyes and feel empathy for those affected by hair loss, it has enabled many young men, and women, to deal with their body image issues resulting from hair issues, head-on.
However, many women still struggle with hair loss issues and with the stigma of receiving these hair transplant treatments. Taking this topic to Google’s search shows the comparative lack of articles on this body image issue, matching reports that state that on average only 30% of patients receiving these treatments are women.
One can only assume and hope that because of the ready availability of hair extensions of all sizes, forms and colours enable women of all ages and races to deal with these profoundly impacting issues in a different way.
But they shouldn’t feel like they have to resort to extensions only. Women who have braved the treatment and stigma have not regretted doing so, being able to spend less time to get ready on a daily basis.
But again, thanks to the fantastic British Paralympic cycling champion Joanna Rowsell, who showed her nearly-bald head at the biggest British sporting event in over 70 years, the hair loss issues were addressed and many women took strength and inspiration from Rowsell and chose to deal with their body image issue head-on.