BBC weatherman Simon King showed off a bold new look today after undergoing a hair transplant.
The TV star delivered his weather forecasts with a military-style crew cut after having his fading hairline rebuilt during his holiday break.
And the ex-RAF officer says he now has “a new confidence” having grown self-conscious while watching his hair slowly recede on screen.
Simon, 38, admitted to having the treatment in a lengthy Instagram post – just weeks after The Sun pictured him going into the MHR Clinic in Knutsford, Cheshire, which counts retired sports stars footballer Ryan Giggs and cricketer Michael Vaughan among its owners.
In an Instagram post, the married dad wrote: “Back from my holiday with a slightly different look. Some have already noticed…I’ve had a hair transplant!
“I know the jury is out with regard to hair transplants. ‘Do you shave it off, have the surgery or let it be?’ It is a personal decision and to be honest, it wasn’t a difficult one for me. Over past couple of years I really noticed my hair thinning, some on top but at the front so much my hairline disappeared entirely.
I’m a self-conscious person and seeing myself in my autocue every day made it worse.
“I’m a self-conscious person and seeing myself in my autocue every day made it worse. Watching my forecasts back I imagined how I’d be with a full head of hair. To be honest it became more than a distraction. My hair loss knocked my confidence to the extent I sometimes felt anxious before delivering the weather on camera.
“I became pre-occupied with other men’s hairlines and haircuts. I’m not ashamed to say I felt a bit jealous of guys with great hair. I wasn’t ready to shave mine off. I feel too young at heart. So, I looked into hair transplants and found a good clinic close to home. I realised how they’ve become normal and accessible.
“Two weeks ago I had a FUE transplant which transferred 3700 hairs from the back of my head to my hairline. I also take some tablets and have laser therapy to thicken the hair on my crown.
“It has given me a different look and one I already prefer. Some people may call me vain. Others will say worse things I’m sure.
There’s a new confidence in me and I feel happier
“But the truth is I’ve already noticed a difference in my demeanour right away. There’s a new confidence in me and I feel happier.”
And Simon isn’t the only one to see a change since his transplant. His wife Emma has taken an immediate liking to MHR Clinic’s handy work.
The weatherman beamed: “There’s a new confidence in me and I feel happier. Mrs King has noticed it too. She says I have a spring in my step and that I look ‘damned handsome’, which pretty much made my day.
“I’m now excited to see my hair grow back fully.”
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BBC viewers will also get to see King’s transplanted hair grow into its new guise as he delivers daily weather bulletins over the coming months.
MHR Clinic also transformed referee Mark Clattenburg’s appearance with a two day 4000 follicle procedure. It completed former England cricketer Michael Lumb’s 600 follicle procedure and was recently credited with restoring soap star Adam Rickitt’s severely thinning pate with only medical treatments.
The business owned by Wales manager Ryan Giggs, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and hair restoration expert Craig Henton will open a new clinic on the Harewood Estate in Yorkshire next month.
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