LOSING your hair is a traumatic experience, leaving many feeling desperate and vulnerable.
They can often end up with ‘botched surgery’ and feel worse than before, one expert warned.
Spencer said comedian Jimmy Carr reached out to him after trying to find answers about hair loss and the different solutionsCredit: Rex
Hair loss mentor Spencer Stevenson is on a mission to reveal the risks of hair transplant surgery, which he says should only be done as a last resort.
Spencer, 46, has been through it himself – spending thousands on surgeries that didn’t work, before finding a lasting solution.
The mentor and advocate helped Jimmy Carr decide how to tackle his thinning hair.
Carr recently revealed he’d had a whole host of procedures – from a hair transplant to botox.
Speaking to The Sun, Spencer said Carr had found an overwhelming plethora of information online before reaching out to him for help and advice.
He is now urging people considering a hair transplant to not get sucked in by the ‘social media epidemic’.
They should spend between eight and 12 months researching the best options for them, he says.
Spencer who runs website SpexHair.com lost his hair at just 21, and was forced to rely on the yellow pages for information as he didn’t have much access to the internet.
He said: “Losing my hair devastated me. It had a huge effect on my confidence and my self esteem and I really felt quite alone.”
When he was 24 years old, Spencer opted for a hair transplant which he thought was the solution to his problems.
“I tried everything, laser treatment, I wore a wig but it wasn’t comfortable and I wasn’t getting the results I wanted.
“Around 99 per cent of the products sold don’t actually work and hair loss companies prey on the vulnerable – but luckily I lived to tell the tale”, he said.
It’s surprising what people will do when they’re desperate and have hair loss and make us feel that way
Spencer said his first hair-loss surgery led to scarring at the back of his head and was an “unnatural result”.
“I ended up in an even worse situation, I had trauma from the surgery. Your hair is part of your identity and it has such a profound effect on you”, he said.
In total Spencer had ten hair transplants over the course …….