The Harley Medical Group

How to achieve head turning confidence this Christmas


With over 30% of people feeling unconfident about thinning or balding hair[1], Mr. Mabroor Bhatty, Cosmetic & Hair Transplant Surgeon
at The Harley Medical Group exclusively reveals why we suffer with hair loss and what we can do to prevent it.


Before we know it ‘Jingle Bells’ will be on the radio, wreaths will adorn our front doors and the Christmas party invitations will be being sent thick and fast. Unlike last year, this Christmas we will be able to celebrate with our friends and family, and for this occasion we want to look and feel our best.

With 20% of us saying our hair is our favourite physical feature, there is no doubt it plays an important role in helping us feel our most confident with a further quarter of Brits claiming a new hair style ups our confidence levels1.

However, if you start to discover that you are experience hair loss it can be a very worrying and stressful experience, especially when you just want to get out there and look your best. To help, Mr. Mabroor Bhatty, Cosmetic & Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Harley Medical Group outlines the main issues that could be behind your hair loss and the best methods to avoid and counteract the problem.

What are the main causes for hair loss?

Firstly, it's normal to lose hair. We can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without even noticing. However, some types of hair loss can be permanent, such as male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is usually genetic.

Other types of hair loss may be temporary. Stress is the second biggest trigger for hair loss after genetics. Stress can have an impact on almost every aspect of our mental and physical wellbeing and our hair is no exception. Stress can negatively impact our hair growth cycle and therefore contribute to hair loss. According to Google searches, since the start of the pandemic searches for ‘hair loss’ almost doubled, which is potentially due to the added stress of the environment we’ve been living in.

Iron deficiency is another key reason for hair loss, a lack of iron can send your body into survival mode, which means your body will channel oxygen to support your vital functions as opposed to ones like keeping your hair intact, which can result in hair thinning and loss.

How can you promote hair growth?

Foods to fight iron deficiency

Changing your diet to ensure it contains enough protein and iron can help both your health and your hair. Try adding more omega-3 oils (found in oily fish like salmon and seeds including chia and flax) into your meals to ensure you’re receiving enough.

Scalp massage

Massaging the scalp can help to restore hair growth and can be used in conjunction with hair oils and masks. This stimulates the scalp and can improve hair thickness. Taking the time to massage your scalp each day can also help you relieve stress and tension.

Brushing your hair gently can also help to encourage better circulation in the scalp and promote hair growth.

What are the best treatments for permanent hair loss?

Hair transplant surgery provides a long-lasting, natural-looking solution to patterned baldness. Hair follicles from areas of the scalp that still have hair are transferred via a simple surgical procedure to areas that are thinning or bald, resulting in a full head of hair.

There are two key methods to achieve hair restoration. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involves a surgeon extracting the donor hair as a strip of follicles. The follicles are then harvested from the strip and replaced in the desired area.

The second option is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). In this method, the follicles are removed from the donor area one by one, and then implanted in the desired area individually.

The tiny hair that is transplanted during surgery normally falls out within two - three weeks. After this, the hair will grow normally from the root, and you will begin to see noticeable results from approximately 12 weeks after treatment.

What should you consider before having a hair transplant?

Arrange a consultation with a specialist surgeon who will recommend the treatment that is best suited to you and your needs, so you can get back to enjoying good hair days once again.


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About The Harley Medical Group

The Harley Medical Group is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic groups specialising in cosmetic surgery, facial treatments, body treatments, skin peels and advance skincare products.

As a group we are committed to the highest standards in delivering medical procedures and aftercare, with our founded on care approach at the heart of everything we do.

The group has clinics across the UK, including London (Harley Street, Chiswick, Wimbledon and Liverpool Street) Watford, Marlow, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Northampton, Maidstone, and Liverpool.

A dedicated strong team of nurses, surgeons, and doctors along with their commitment to each and every patient is one of the Group’s greatest assets. The Group’s primary goal is to look after all patients, offering the highest standards of care at all times.

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[1] OnePoll Survey of 2,000 UK Adults

Posted December 16, 2021
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