Elton John’s Hair Loss Journey
Elton John is almost everywhere you look at the moment. His film biopic, Rocketman, has been a critical and box office success and he is currently performing his last ever tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which will end in December 2020.
But away from the amazing songs and performances that have made him into one of pop’s biggest superstars over the past 40 years, the truth behind his hair has remained a mystery.
It’s something Elton has never shied away from and even features in his warts-and-all film. In the 70s it was noticeable that his hairline was starting to recede. Then, during the middle of the 80s, he suddenly gained a full head of hair. Rumours have persisted that he wears a hair system, which is likely to be true. Unless he has miraculously found a cure to hair loss that no-one else knows of.
During the 70s and 80s most people knew that Elton had a drug and alcohol problem. Links between cocaine use and hair loss have existed for quite some time. The way drug use can affect your hairline is something we covered back in 2015. Combined with the consumption of too much alcohol and a bad diet, it is a recipe for disaster when it comes to your hair.
A drug-free Elton
By the start of the 90s Elton was drug-free and enjoying a cleaner lifestyle. But even so, that doesn’t explain his full head of hair. During his younger years he went through a variety of crazy hairstyles to match his elaborate performances on stage. In the late-70s he even admitted to undergoing surgery on his scalp to help his hair grow.
Being in the public eye for so long means that plenty of experts have had their say on Elton John’s hair. Some surgeons have suggested his hair loss was so extensive that a hair transplant wouldn’t have given him his current look. Others said combining hair restoration with a hair system is a great way to get the best look.
Given the problems often associated with hair transplants, it is probably safe to say this wouldn’t have helped him. In many cases the transplanted hair is rarely enough to properly cover bald areas on the scalp. There are also many cases of transplanted hair falling out, wasting the patient’s money completely.
In a 2011 interview on BBC Radio 2 he mentioned he doesn’t have the head shape that would suit a bald head. He joked that he would ‘look like Shrek’. Two medications he highlighted were Propecia and Rogaine, drugs used to stimulate hair growth. Although neither can claim to be of much use to men suffering with hair loss.
Perhaps Elton had never heard of scalp micropigmentation. It would find the perfect colour to match his hair and create a perfect hairline. Regardless of the shape of his head, it looks fantastic. That’s because there are so many styles available that can be made to suit the individual. Scalp micropigmentation is certainly longer lasting and more effective than a hair transplant. Maybe one day we’ll get a call from Elton asking to find out more.
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