A hair transplant is a procedure in which a dermatological or plastic surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head.

Doctors have been doing these transplants in the United States since the 1950s, however, techniques have changed a lot in recent years.

Hair restoration procedures are up 60% from 2014, according to recent statistics published by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.

Good candidates for a hair transplant include:

  • anyone who has lost some hair from a scalp injury or a burn;
  • women with thinning hair;
  • men with male pattern baldness.

List of 10 Famous People With Hair Transplants:

#1 Rafael Nadal

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In 2016, Rafael underwent a hair transplant to replenish his thinning hair. It was reported that the former world number one had 4,500 follicles transplanted in the procedure after a local anesthetic and sedation.

The procedure is thought to have cost up to £7,700.

#2 Gordon Ramsay

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In 2011, Ramsay spent 12 hours at a clinic having follicles removed from lush patches of his scalp before they were reinserted where his hairline is thinning. Apparently, the hair transplant cost was around £30,000.

#3 Joe Swash

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In August 2016, Joe revealed that he had undergone a hair transplant several years ago. He said:

“With the job I am doing, being on TV, I wanted to look my best, which is probably not the best way of thinking about it. It’s how you feel personally.”

Swash continued:

“It was for myself and something that I wanted to do, to make me feel better. I was on TV so that might have had something to do with it.”

In 2018, he went again under the knife. Joe said:

”The reason I decided to have it done again is more to do with my own self-confidence. Just for myself, to make myself happy and also to thicken it out a little bit.”

Swash later added:

“The first one I had done it was almost as though people didn’t really talk about it. Now after Rooney and everyone else, no one really frowns upon it anymore.”

#4 George Sampson


In 2017, after a combination of stress, genetics and dancing left him balding, the street dancer underwent a £9,000 procedure at a clinic.

Sampson said:

“I’m bricking it but this is a lifeline. I want my own hair.”

George continued:

”It started with genetics my dad hasn’t got the greatest hairline but then everything I do, the stress-related illness, I was diagnosed with alopecia then the head spinning.”

#5 Lloyd Daniels


In 2017, the singer has decided to document his attempt to save his hairline.

After his first procedure, Daniels told his fans:

“I’m home now and resting (slightly sore but nothing to moan about and I’m sure it’ll wear off tomorrow).

Lloyd continued:

“Minimal pain during the anesthetic injections beforehand but complete comfort from both the team and the procedure itself.”

#6 Wayne Rooney

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Rooney reportedly spent over £30,000 on hair transplants at a Harley Street clinic. However, whilst the transplanted hair still remains, Wayne is experiencing hair loss behind the transplant area in the middle of his head.

#7 Calum Best

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He had suffered from hair loss since his early 20s. But, in January 2015, he had three £6,000 procedures to keep hold of his hair. During an interview, Best said:

”There is no doubt this has changed my life. I have been losing my hair since my early 20s. I was keen to get it done before going on Celebrity Big Brother so my hair would look great on the show.”

Callum later added:

”Hair transplant technology has improved so much in the last five years and I have been able to keep hold of all my hair and wear it the same way as I did when I was in my teens.”

#8 James Nesbitt

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Award-winning actor James Nesbitt is best-known for starring as the title character Tommy Murphy in ”Murphy’s Law.”

The actor is believed to have started having treatment for his balding head in 2009 and undergone a total of 3 procedures.

Nesbitt says he’s gained numerous roles in Hollywood blockbusters and hit dramas since having the hair implants. James declared:

“So, after many agonies and a great amount of thought and believe me it’s something I didn’t take lightly, I took the decision to visit Hair restoration Blackrock [a hair transplant clinic in Dublin].”

#9 Jake Quickenden

He began his career as a lifeguard and semi-pro footballer in Scunthorpe, his hometown, before pursuing his media career. Then, Jake was a competitor on the 11th series of The X Factor. Furthermore, Quickenden worked as a presenter for the British music television channel Chart Show TV.

During an interview, Jake confessed his biggest fear was going bald before he turned 30. He said:

“I was terrified that I’d look like Phil Mitchell. I’ve got a hairline like Dracula with two triangles at the front. It has been in my mind for five years.”

Quickenden continued:

“Even when I was on X Factor it used to take me so long to get ready because I’d think it was showing. I was so paranoid about it, I started buying sprays for my scalp to make it dark so you couldn’t tell.”

He has a hair transplant that cost him £5,000. Quickenden wrote on an Instagram post:


“I am delighted with how it has turned out! Swelling and redness will go down after a week and then just get on with day to day life and wait for the results!!”

Jake continued:

”I shaved my head and I looked like a peanut M&M, so, unfortunately, I don’t suit a skinhead … anyone got any questions just drop me an inbox… I will take any stick anyone wants to give me as well, because honestly I’m buzzing and couldn’t care less about negative comments!! Peace.”

#10 Brian McFadden

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He is an Irish singer, songwriter and television presenter who rose to fame in 1998 as a member of the band Westlife.

Mcfadden said:

“The last few years my hairline has been thinning and receding due to my lifestyle and the general stresses we go through in life.”

He later added:

“It’s been really making me self-conscious and uncomfortable so I decided to do something about it.”

Mcfadden had a procedure that involved a healthcare professional taking hair follicles from the back of his head and moving them to the front.

After the hair transplant, he posted a video of himself, admitting it had taken close to 7 hours to complete. Brian said:

“That’s it I’m all done! I can’t believe it. I thought it was going to be tough but it was quite easy, and it’s just mad to think that the last 3 or 4 years getting stressed about the hair going.”

Mcfadden continued:

“We’re now on the road to watching it grow again! It is a strange feeling I have to say, but I’m excited.”




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