Popular radio DJ Gerry Anderson has refused to reveal whether or not he got a hair transplant ahead of the screening of a programme he made investigating surgical methods of hair replacement.
Gerry chuckled as he told the News Letter yesterday that even if he has had a hair transplant done, no one will be able to tell for about nine months.
“You see the initial hair falls out and then it is about nine months until the new stuff comes through,” he said.
Stars across the UK from local actor Jimmy Nesbitt to footballer Wayne Rooney have all had hair transplants, and while Gerry Anderson may not initially appear like he needs it with his distinctive mane, listeners to his Radio Ulster programme will be familiar with his concerns.
Gerry said the whole concept of hair transplants has long fascinated him.
“I remember years ago it used to be that no matter how much money you had, you couldn’t do anything about no hair, like Elton John,” he said.
“But now anyone can do it, it’s foolproof.
“The technology is just amazing, all the different approaches.”
Gerry has a made a programme following his investigations into all types of hair replacement techniques.
As part of the documentary which will be shown on BBC One on Tuesday, September 18, Gerry has visited chemists who have offered various hair care products, and also investigated traditional wisdom exploring some old wives tales and folk remedies, but came to the conclusion that surgery is the only thing that works.
As part of the programme Gerry visits a Dublin surgeon who is one of the world’s leading authorities in hair transplants, and who is also the man responsible for actor Jimmy Nesbitt’s new hairline.
He also travels to the US and visits people as diverse as a beauty queen with alopecia and the man who made Sinatra’s wigs.
“It is a wonderful thing [hair replacement surgery], there is a whole psychological thing about it, especially for people who have been injured or burned,” he said.
Gerry also added that while women don’t seem to mind how much or little hair a man has, it means a lot more to the man himself.
There are currently 7.6 million men in the UK who suffer from some form of hair loss.
Gerry said he first noticed his hair thinning when he was just 25.
“Everyone notices it, but especially men as it seems to be associated with virility – people think they are less of a man which there is absolutely no justification for,” he said.
On the other hand while men may mind losing their hair Gerry claimed men love going grey: “They think it makes them look distinguished.”
l Gerry Anderson’s Losing It will be shown on BBC One Northern Ireland on Tuesday, September 18 at 10.35pm.