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Chanelle Hayes says: “I endured eight hours of hair transplant surgery after baldness took a toll on women’s confidence.

Leaving the gym with her face red, hot and sweaty, Chanelle Hayes proudly began her weight loss journey.

But after seeing pictures of herself with her hair shaved back, she felt her newfound confidence begin to wane.

Now, with her hair looking luscious and her weight under control, Chanelle can only hope after the hell of hair loss.

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Now, with her hair looking luscious and her weight under control, Chanelle can only hope after the hell of hair loss.Credit: Emma Phillipson
After seeing a paparazzi photo of her leaving the gym, Chantelle was horrified to see her thinning and thinning hair and decided to lock herself in after being abused by trolls.

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After seeing a paparazzi photo of her leaving the gym, Chantelle was horrified to see her thinning and thinning hair and decided to lock herself in after being abused by trolls.
After 18 months of research, Chanelle discovered the Farjo Hair Institute in Manchester and underwent her 8-hour hair transplant

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After 18 months of research, Chanelle discovered the Farjo Hair Institute in Manchester and underwent her 8-hour hair transplantCredit: Farjo Hair Institute in Manchester

To her horror, former Big Brother contestant could see the bald patches on the top of her head and decided to hide herself just as she was trying to turn her life around.

Chanelle, 34, got her hair transplant after discovering she had female pattern baldness – but she can’t forget the horrible day in the summer of 2019 when she realized her mane was thinning. She said: “It was terrible. I did a 45 minute revolving class and I looked ridiculous. I worked hard at the gym, I was flushed.

“But the next day when the pictures of her were released, my heart sank. All I could see was how thin my hair was, and my hairline falling out.

“I’m fine with being overweight, I know I’m doing something about it. But that’s my hair. What can I do about that?

“It just felt ridiculous, and so I didn’t go back to the gym for at least a week.”

The mother of two suffers from female pattern hair loss, which is usually genetic. It affects up to 40% of women by the time they turn 50 and can be triggered by a stressful event, such as a major illness.

‘Troll would be vile’

Doctors around the world have reported an increased trend in hair loss in women as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but it can also be caused by menopause, other hormonal changes or chronic inflammation.

Chanelle, Blakely’s mother, 11, is the son of a former footballer Matthew Batesand Frankie, three years old, from her relationship with gym teacher Ryan Oatescontinued: “I can’t pinpoint exactly when it actually started happening, it was a gradual process because I’ve always had a big forehead anyway.

“I’ve always had thin hair and nails too, that’s my problem.

“I was adopted so I really didn’t know anything about my family having it.

“But I assume it was after both babies were born, as well as gaining weight.

“After seeing that pap photo of myself, I looked at old photos and then noticed the difference.”

Trolls were also quick to comment on Chanelle’s hair loss.

She said: “I had to block people and stop myself from seeing the comments.

“Trolls would be vile. If you think about the most ridiculous thing, just know that someone said it to me. ”

One troll commented: “What’s going on with her hairline? Never seen anything like that on a woman before.” While another simply echoed: “What’s wrong with her hairline?”

Chanelle will try to cover her bald patches by wearing her hair or braiding it in a certain style.

She said: “I would never let my hair down without leaving it, and I always tuck it a little behind my ear.

“I would never have a highlight in years because I would use the original spray just to let the color stay there.

“But I can’t go out if it rains, because it will run down my face. I couldn’t go on like this anymore so I started looking for a hair transplant.”

After 18 months of research, Chanelle discovered the Farjo Hair Institute in Manchester and carried out a hair transplant – which often costs £7,000 – in February 2020.

“I was sitting in a chair for eight hours,” she said. During a hair transplant, my surgeon removed the follicles from a denser area of ​​hair, like the back of my head.

“Then he would implant the cysts in small slits in my scalp.”

Only recently came Chanelle – 8th person who died after being fitted with a gastric band in August 2020 – results seen.

“You think it would be a quick process, but it is not,” she said. After shampooing, the hair falls out looking like the five-hour shadow that men have.

‘Hair loss is hard to hide’

“It was just thinning hair at first, then it took about two months to start growing.

“Also, I was the only idiot to get a hair transplant, and then months later lost half of my body weight.

“Usually with weight loss surgery, the common side effect is hair loss.

“I haven’t lost any hair, it’s just that I’m not growing the new hair I’m supposed to be growing, so it’s going to take a little longer.”

Now, with a well-proportioned look and under control, Chanelle can only look forward.

“It was all totally worth it,” she said. I can do what I want with my hair without worrying about it.

“I can tie it up, put on a headband and dye my hair. While in the past, I ended up hating myself, it really took a toll on my confidence.

“If you put a little weight, you can dress to fit your body, you can still do your hair and makeup, but with hair loss it is very difficult to hide.

“I looked back at that photo outside the gym, and mentally, I was a completely different person.

“That photo still haunts me, and sometimes I look at it and think ‘Wow!’.”

Chanelle shares updates on her body confidence on Instagram by posting unedited photos.

She said: ‘It really upsets me that people are trying to present this perfect life to the kids – I can barely brush my teeth when I have to take care of both of them.

“People need to be more realistic and give themselves less of a stretch.”

Chanelle, who lasted 62 days in Big Brother 8 in 2007, is studying for an adult nurse degree to become an advanced nurse practitioner.

“Anyone can turn their life around later, or change their career, you don’t have to go through the trouble of doing the same,” she says.

“Back in the day I did mags for boys like Nuts and Zoo and it served me well, but you’re not allowed to do anything like that anymore, are you?

‘Find out every day as it comes’

“God forbid you want to show off.

“Looking back, that job served me well at the time, but I was just a completely different person.

“Now I’m just trying to get on with my studies.

“Every person has the opportunity to do something that can make their life better or give their life more purpose.

“I find out every day as it comes. When I went in for a hair transplant, a woman was getting an eyebrow transplant because we knew the 1990s killed our brows.

“I can book the next one.”

Chanelle shows off her hair transplant as her curls are just starting to grow - filling her with renewed confidence

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Chanelle shows off her hair transplant as her curls are just starting to grow – filling her with renewed confidence
It was only recently that Chanelle - who died her eighth after being fitted with a gastric band in August 2020 - saw the results of her transplant really become apparent.

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Only recently did Chanelle – who died her eighth after being fitted with a gastric band in August 2020 – that the results of her transplant really became apparent.Credit: Emma Phillipson

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