Jamie Laing’s hair transplant: Was it necessary?

Jamie Laing's dense hair after his hair transformation

As one of Laing’s most distinctive features is his bright blonde locks, the story of his hair transplant journey received widespread coverage in the media. But did Jamie Laing really undergo a hair transplant? And if so, what kind of treatment did he choose?

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the Jamie Laing hair transplant, its results, and more!

Jamie Laing's successful hair transplant

Who is Jamie Laing?

Jamie Laing is best known for appearing in Made in Chelsea, one of the UK’s biggest structured reality television series, though he’s branched out into other areas in recent years.

In 2020, he reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing with his dance partner Karen Hauer, after a foot injury forced him to pull out of the previous series.

Laing has also appeared on Celebrity Hunted, Hollyoaks, and more. He has two podcasts, Private Parts and 6 Degrees from Jamie and Spencer, with his Made in Chelsea co-stars Francis Boulle and Spencer Matthews respectively.

Did Jamie Laing have a hair transplant?

The short answer is yes, Jamie Laing did have a hair transplant.

Unlike some other celebrities who have opted for a hair restoration treatment, Laing chose to be incredibly open about his experience. He joins the likes of James Nesbitt and Wayne Rooney, both of whom have been frank about their hair loss struggles. Nesbitt, in particular, has credited his amazing hair rejuvenation with helping him win more leading roles.

The Jamie Laing hair transplant journey began with a fairly ill-judged comment from his friend and fellow Made in Chelsea star, Francis Boulle, who told him he “looked old” compared to his then-girlfriend Heloise Agostinelli (just 19 at the time, more than a decade younger than Laing).

In 2018, Laing appeared on Made in Chelsea after his transplant: the new hairline was clearly visible thanks to his shaved head. The post-treatment growth was still some way from coming through, but it was obvious that his hair would look significantly more youthful in the future.

Did he really need a hair transplant?

Was the Jamie Laing hair transplant procedure really necessary?

By studying pre-treatment photos of Laing, it’s clear that his hairline had receded over time even though the hair on top of his scalp appeared healthy. This is a far cry from, say, Wayne Rooney and Jason Gardiner, both of whom had experienced severe hair loss.

 

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But he felt strongly enough about the condition of his hair that he decided to join a friend on their visit to a hair clinic in 2018. Laing claims that when he removed his hat, the experts at his chosen hair clinic told him he didn’t need surgery.

As he was there, though, Laing felt the treatment was still worthwhile and went ahead with it regardless.

He has discussed his surprise when he discovered how long the treatment would take and the usual duration of the regrowth process. Both can vary from case to case, but Jamie’s surgery lasted for eight hours and his regrowth was projected to take up to a year.

However, Laing’s results were fantastic — his hair looked fuller and more youthful when he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

What kind of treatment did he have?

It appears that a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method was chosen for the Jaime Laing hair transplant procedure.

FUE is a highly-popular option for men and women who want a minimally invasive solution. During the treatment, the surgeon extracts healthy hair follicles from the back and sides of the head, which usually remain unaffected by hair loss.

These are implanted into the balding area on top of the scalp, whether this is at the back, front, or in the centre.

Surgeons tend to recommend FUE over its alternative, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), as it leaves no visible scars.

A FUT procedure will leave visible scarring as the surgeon cuts a strip of flesh from the back of the head to harvest its follicles, instead of taking them from multiple spots. This scar can leave patients with less flexibility in their choice of hairstyle if they want to keep their surgery discreet.

How much did the hair transplant cost?

It’s unknown exactly how much Laing paid for his surgery, but it can cost in excess of £9,000 in the UK (for procedures involving 6000 hairs).

Fortunately, though, you can save up to 50% if you visit a reputable, trustworthy hair clinic outside the UK.

HairPalace’s Budapest team offers hair transplants involving 6000 hairs for just £3,890, while those with 3000 hairs are available for only £2,350.

Other packages are available to suit your own hair loss and growth goals.

HairPalace uses the FUE2 Safe System, the most innovative hair restoration technology available. This makes no incisions and ensures 95 to 100% of implanted hairs will grow back after implantation.

Jamie Laing’s appearance before and after the surgery

Jamie Laing’s hair transplant left him with a lower hairline and more density at the front of his scalp.

In the photograph from 2017 below, Laing’s shaved hair is significantly shorter than it is today, which makes the height of the hairline more visible:

 

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But in the picture from 2020 below, Laing’s hair is transformed. The hairline has been lowered and become more dense.

Jamie Laing's dense hair after his hair transformation
Source: Joseph Sinclair

This has left Laing with more freedom to wear his hair at any length, in any style, and experiment to his heart’s content!

This is the case for the vast majority of men and women who decide to try a hair transplant using the latest solutions.

FAQ

Did Jamie Laing have a hair transplant?

Yes, Jamie Laing had a hair transplant in 2018.

Did Jamie Laing really need a hair transplant?

Jamie Laing claims he was told he didn’t need a hair transplant but went through with it, to achieve a more youthful look after a comment from his Made in Chelsea co-star Francis Boulle.

Did he ever confirm that he had the surgery?

Laing confirmed the surgery and discussed it in detail on his podcast, Private Parts.