IT consultant Shahid Din, 32, from Canary Wharf, East London, had a £5,500 hair transplant
I’ve always taken care of myself. In fact, it was using styling products, hair dye and straighteners that made my hair thin and patchy in the first place.
I started noticing it in 2005 so in 2006 I had a three-month course of laser surgery for £1,500. It did encourage some hair growth but over time – and after I stopped using the follow-up products – it started to thin again so I decided to shave my head. I wasn’t happy about it but I didn’t know what else to do.
Then, through someone I met at work, I heard about FUE hair transplant, which involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from the scalp and grafting them on to the bald areas of the head.
I started doing some research and came across Dr Raghu Reddy at The Private Clinic at Harley Street. I had seen on the website that Ace from the ITV show Gladiators had taken part and had great results.
Although I was sceptical about it being a long-term solution, I called Dr Reddy, who gave me the names and numbers of some of his satisfied clients.
It cost around £5,500 in all but I decided to go for it. The operation took 10 hours and was uncomfortable but not painful and it was all worth it. The results were instantaneous.
There was a period where I lost some hair – all part of the hair’s natural cycle and very normal – but within six months it had grown back and I looked and felt 10 years younger.
Of course, male friends and colleagues gave me a bit of ribbing about it but the joke’s on them now they’ve seen the results. In fact, one of my mates might even have it done himself.