Why do we find celebrities so fascinating? And we do, whether some of us like to admit it or not. It’s why famous faces get paid lots of money to advertise products and services. It’s why charities use them to promote their message and raise funds. And it explains why paparazzi can earn small fortunes from a single photo of a celeb snapped at just the right time. Or just the wrong time if you happen to be the celeb in question! In this article, we’re going to examine why celebrities exert such influence on us, and why this is important when a well-known name gets a hair transplant. Keep reading to find out more!
The Celebrity Effect
Evolutionary psychologists would argue that human beings are social animals and, as such, have evolved to learn from others in order to survive and thrive. For ‘others’, read ‘successful people.’ Copying the behaviour of individuals who have made it may be an instinct we’ve developed to raise our own social status and improve our chances of success. In that context, celebrities are the achievers the rest of us aspire to be.
But should we really be adopting some spotty teenage footballer as a role model? Academics have debated this, but it’s not a matter of whether we should or shouldn’t. It happens. David Beckham is perhaps the world’s most marketable man. Try explaining that without using the words ‘role model.’
Celebrities and Hair Transplants
Celebrities might have a bit more money than the average person, and maybe they’ve got a bit more glitz in their life, but ultimately they aren’t a different species. When it comes to hair restoration treatment, they often want it for the same reason as many others. Quite simply, they want to keep their hair and their self-esteem.
Of course, there are professional reasons, too. Looks are often a crucial part of a celebrity’s brand. Whether you’re on TV, in the movies or in the music business, hair loss can damage your image. Athletes, too, have a market value beyond the confines of their sport. By restoring their hairline through a transplant, they can maintain a youthful and attractive appearance which can be important for their career.
Who’s Had Hair Surgery?
So many celebrities have had hair transplants that it would require a book to name them all. And that’s just the ones who have been open about it! Sir Elton John, who is renowned for his honesty about all aspects of his life, was one of the first modern celebrities to discuss his transplant.
In the world of sport, there is LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players in the world, and someone also known for his stunning hairline transformation. James started experiencing hair loss in his early twenties. Determined to do something about it, he underwent multiple hair transplant surgeries, and his results are impressive.
Former international footballer, Wayne Rooney, had a similar experience. He had a hair transplant procedure in 2011, and it’s safe to say that it was a complete success. He was able to restore his hairline and regain his confidence, and he’s since been very open about his decision.
Actors tend to be more reticent about hair transplants, so often the work is ‘rumoured’ rather than confirmed. Let’s just say that stars like Matthew McConaughey, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Kevin Costner, Jude Law and Tom Hanks have all been the subject of heavy rumours!
Leading the Way
So, what impact does this have on the public at large? Put simply, it starts a conversation. When high-profile figures discuss their struggles with hair loss or their decision to have hair surgery, it gives the wider public the chance to talk about these issues. The result is that the topics of hair loss and hair transplants stop being something strange and start being seen as everyday events.
When celebrities go public about their battles with hair loss, it allows people in wider society to voice their own concerns without fear of being ridiculed. By showing that hair loss can happen to anyone, celebrities open the discussion to everyone. And by choosing to have hair surgery, they remove the stigma from that decision and bring it into the mainstream.
Getting hair restoration treatment is very much a personal decision. Unfortunately, many people delay making that decision for too long, worried about what people will think and by the perception of hair treatment as a vanity project. That’s where celebrities can help, by helping to break down those misconceptions.
When it comes to talking to a hair specialist, Vinci Hair Clinic have you covered. We have some of the best specialists in the business. As one of the world’s leading hair restoration organisations, you’d expect nothing less! We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to all our new clients, so there’s never been a better time to get in touch. Consultations can happen in person or over the phone using photographs. Book your appointment today!