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John Mayer and Sofia Vergara voted celebrities with best hair by world's leading hair experts

John Mayer, Sofia Vergara

When it comes to making headlines, singer/songwriter John Mayer and Modern Family star Sofia Vergara have the type of star power that commands attention. Now, even their hair is stealing the limelight, according to results of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) new member survey.

The survey found that more than 40% of ISHRS members chose John Mayer as the male celebrity with the most sought-after hair, followed by Javier Bardem, John Cho, Prince Harry and Prince William.

Sofia Vergara was chosen by over 34% as the female celebrity with the finest locks, taking the nod over Kareena Kapoor, Princess Kate, Adele and Lucy Liu.

Founded in 1993, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a non-profit medical association with over 1,000 member physicians worldwide. As an ISHRS member, hair transplant surgeon William J. Hedden, M.D. in Birmingham, Alabama is dedicated to advancing the art and science of hair restoration.

Natural-looking results with hair restoration

Today, natural-looking hair restoration results are achieved through a balance between the latest technological developments and the art of hair restoration surgery. Hair transplants using Follicular Unit Transplantation offer results that are virtually undetectable to restore growing hair to the scalp or other areas of need. With the utmost care to position transplanted hair follicles at a natural angle and direction, hair follicles are harvested from the back and sides of the head to fill in areas that are balding or thinning.

Findings of the ISHRS's 2013 Practice Census included:

  • Men underwent 86.3% of surgical hair restoration procedures in 2012, while women had 13.7%.
  • More than half of hair restoration patients were between the ages of 30 and 49 (59.6% of men and 55.9% of women). On average, males were slightly younger than females.
  • Hair transplants targeting the scalp area accounted for 92.9% of procedures. Non-scalp areas accounted for 7.1%, including the eyebrows (4.5%), face/moustache/beard (1.5%) and eyelashes (0.5%). Other target recipient areas (0.5% or less of procedures) were the sideburns, scar areas and "post-facelift" areas.
  • Most patients sought treatment due to genetic hair loss (85.9%), followed by reconstructive needs (7.3%) and post-cosmetic surgery needs (4.2%).
  • First-time hair restoration patients were an average of 38 years old. The majority were between 30 and 49 years old (81%).
  • The average age of the youngest hair restoration patient was 22 years old, with the majority of the youngest patients between 18 and 30 years old (80%). The average age of the oldest hair restoration patients was 70 years old, with the majority of the oldest patients between 50 and 80 years old (83.6%).
  • Over half of ISHRS members said their patients would be "more likely" to discuss their hair restoration procedure with family and friends than they were in 2010 (54.7%). Over a third said they would be "just as likely" (35.1%), while only 10% said their patients would be "less likely."

Source: The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 9/23/13