Rocking His New Hair
As a front man for a rockabilly band, having thinning hair seemed incongruous for the image Michael wanted to portray.
Affecting his appearance and confidence, Michael felt his receding hairline and thinning hair compromised his ability to project a strong stage presence.
“In the rockabilly scene, hair is a big part of your overall look, Michael says.
“I wore a wig for a while and although it looked okay, it could be uncomfortable. It was never going to be my ultimate solution. Ultimately, I wanted a solution that was permanent and natural.”
Michael, who has chronic fatigue syndrome and agoraphobia, sought professional advice from leading hair restoration surgeon Dr Jennifer Martinick over eight years ago.
After a medical diagnosis to ensure his hair loss was not related to his health issues, Dr Martinick initially prescribed medication and the nutritional supplement, Help Hair Protein Shake to thicken his existing hair.
Along with being less expensive than alternative non-surgical solutions offered elsewhere, this treatment ensured Michael had healthy donor follicles available for a hair transplant in 2015.
Now 12 months after a procedure to thicken his frontal forelock area Michael enjoys a rejuvenated appearance and is sharing his experience with other men.
Unlike women, men tend to be more secretive about cosmetic issues with many fearing they will be ridiculed or seem vain for having a procedure, he says.
“It is really important to share stories and affirm other men’s concerns about hair loss.
“I spoke to a twenty-eight year old guy who was worried what his work mates would think about his decision to have a hair transplant. But, the great thing about hair transplantation is the new hair comes through just as your own hair grows, so it isn’t as if you go to work looking completely different after a procedure.
“The new growth is natural and there’s time, if one wishes, to open the conversation about the treatment.
“If you feel good about yourself you are generally in a better position to earn and attract money, so I consider a hair transplant to be an investment in yourself.”