Presenter and influencer James Kavanagh says the boom in demand for hair transplants in Ireland shows men are becoming more comfortable with self-care.
New figures show that there has been a 50% spike in demand for transplants in recent years – with men accessing treatments at home and abroad.
Influencer James Kavanagh had a hair transplant back in 2019 and on The Hard Shoulder this evening, he said the recent spike in demand highlights the journey “we as males have been on for the last 20 years”.
“I remember like 10 years ago, you were called metropolitan if you had a shower and more deodorant,” he said.
“Men have three-step skin-care routines now and all that kind of thing. We are moving on and on and on and I think hair care and hair restoration is kind of the next thing we are tipping away at.
“If you want it, if you can afford it and you want to do it, do it. There’s not as much shame as there was say five or six years ago.”
I mean same can be said about getting facials etc. But you are right, being bald is beautiful too.
— James Kavanagh (@JamesKavanagh_) January 18, 2022
He said there was no deep thinking behind his own decision to get a hair transplant.
“I was just like; oh, I’d like to hang on to my hair and I’ve looked at the process of getting a transplant; it’s a lot easier than I thought so why the hell not.
“I mean, women and men get veneers done these days, they get filler, they get Botox and there is so much ease around getting all sorts of treatments – but there is a slight taboo and sort of, ‘oh my God, what?’ when a man gets a hair transplant for some reason.
“I’m delighted I got it.”
James was extremely open when he was going through treatment and documented the process on social media.
“The amount of messages I still get to this day of men asking me, OK what was it actually really like and was it sore?” he said.
“I felt absolutely no shame, but it is absolutely correct to say there is a lot of taboo and there is a lot of men who would be ashamed or embarrassed to get it done.”
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