‘I don’t think there should be any shame in it’: Gareth Gates is the picture of confidence as he proudly shows off … – Daily Mail

He has been hugely insecure about his hair for a number of years, and is often seen hiding beneath hats.

But Gareth Gates was the picture of confidence on Monday, after undergoing a life-changing hair transplant at KSL Hair in Kent.

The former Pop Idol star, 33, could not contain his joy as he beamed for cameras at the centre in Maidstone – showing off a fuller head of hair, having undergone a follicular unit extraction procedure. 

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Hair he is! Gareth Gates was the picture of confidence on Monday, after undergoing a life-changing hair transplant at KSL in Kent

Hair he is! Gareth Gates was the picture of confidence on Monday, after undergoing a life-changing hair transplant at KSL in Kent

Hair he is! Gareth Gates was the picture of confidence on Monday, after undergoing a life-changing hair transplant at KSL in Kent

Ready to go: The former Pop Idol star, 33, could not contain his joy as he beamed for cameras at the centre in Maidstone ahead of the procedure (above) 

Ready to go: The former Pop Idol star, 33, could not contain his joy as he beamed for cameras at the centre in Maidstone ahead of the procedure (above) 

Ready to go: The former Pop Idol star, 33, could not contain his joy as he beamed for cameras at the centre in Maidstone ahead of the procedure (above) 

Gareth cut a more nervous figure earlier on as he slipped into a bright blue cosmetic gown for the procedure, which sees physicians take hair cells from the neck, and transfer them to the head. 

While it is known to be painful, Gareth showed no signs of strain as he embarked on the treatment – throwing a cheeky thumbs up to cameras as the experts got to work. 

Later having his hair styled following the procedure, the singer was seen beaming widely as he got a glimpse of his new, thicker hairline for the first time.

Anxious: Gareth cut a more nervous figure earlier on, as he slipped into a bright blue cosmetic gown for the procedure

Anxious: Gareth cut a more nervous figure earlier on, as he slipped into a bright blue cosmetic gown for the procedure

Anxious: Gareth cut a more nervous figure earlier on, as he slipped into a bright blue cosmetic gown for the procedure

Preparations: Gareth had his head shaved prior to the procedure

Preparations: Gareth had his head shaved prior to the procedure

Preparations: Gareth had his head shaved prior to the procedure

Expert: The treatment sees physicians take hair cells from the neck, and transfer them to the head

Expert: The treatment sees physicians take hair cells from the neck, and transfer them to the head

Expert: The treatment sees physicians take hair cells from the neck, and transfer them to the head

Feeling good: While it is known to be painful, Gareth showed no signs of strain as he embarked on the treatment - throwing a cheeky thumbs up to cameras

Feeling good: While it is known to be painful, Gareth showed no signs of strain as he embarked on the treatment - throwing a cheeky thumbs up to cameras

Feeling good: While it is known to be painful, Gareth showed no signs of strain as he embarked on the treatment - throwing a cheeky thumbs up to cameras

Feeling good: While it is known to be painful, Gareth showed no signs of strain as he embarked on the treatment - throwing a cheeky thumbs up to cameras

Feeling good: While it is known to be painful, Gareth showed no signs of strain as he embarked on the treatment – throwing a cheeky thumbs up to cameras

Dedication: The procedure can take a number of hours 

Dedication: The procedure can take a number of hours 

Dedication: The procedure can take a number of hours 

Having his new ‘do photographed by a friend, the singer’s fuller locks were clear for all to see – after years of struggling with his thinning hair.  

Speaking ahead of the procedure, Gareth confessed his hair loss had hugely knocked his confidence as a figure in the public eye.

Having starred in a number of West End shows, and sold over 3.5 million records in the UK, he explained: ‘I’m constantly on stage so image is a big, big thing for me and I have to look my best.

‘I’m nervous but I’m really, really excited as well. I can’t wait to get it done and lose all that self-consciousness about my hair thinning. 

He did it! Having his new 'do photographed by a friend, the singer's fuller locks were clear for all to see - after years of struggling with his thinning hair

He did it! Having his new 'do photographed by a friend, the singer's fuller locks were clear for all to see - after years of struggling with his thinning hair

He did it! Having his new ‘do photographed by a friend, the singer’s fuller locks were clear for all to see – after years of struggling with his thinning hair

Transformed: Gareth's much fuller hairline was seen in the photos, after cells were transferred from his neck into the balding patches on his forehead

Transformed: Gareth's much fuller hairline was seen in the photos, after cells were transferred from his neck into the balding patches on his forehead

Transformed: Gareth’s much fuller hairline was seen in the photos, after cells were transferred from his neck into the balding patches on his forehead

New me: Speaking to The Sun after the procedure, Gareth confessed his hair loss had hugely knocked his confidence as a figure in the public eye

New me: Speaking to The Sun after the procedure, Gareth confessed his hair loss had hugely knocked his confidence as a figure in the public eye

New me: Speaking to The Sun after the procedure, Gareth confessed his hair loss had hugely knocked his confidence as a figure in the public eye

‘My hair means a lot to me so I have mixed feelings at the minute – it’s a big thing but it’ll definitely be worth it.

‘I’ve always wanted long hair, but I’ll be happy with dense, thick hair with a better hairline,’ before joking of his iconic 2002 image: ‘Maybe I’ll even go back to my spiky days!’ 

Documenting his journey for fans, Gareth expressed his hopes that he will encourage others to do the same, if they struggle with the same insecurities. 

Pressure: Having sold over 3.5 million records in the UK, he explained: 'I'm constantly on stage so image is a big, big thing for me and I have to look my best'

Pressure: Having sold over 3.5 million records in the UK, he explained: 'I'm constantly on stage so image is a big, big thing for me and I have to look my best'

Pressure: Having sold over 3.5 million records in the UK, he explained: ‘I’m constantly on stage so image is a big, big thing for me and I have to look my best’

Confidence is key: 'I've always wanted long hair, but I'll be happy with dense, thick hair with a better hairline,' he went on

Confidence is key: 'I've always wanted long hair, but I'll be happy with dense, thick hair with a better hairline,' he went on

Success: Gareth stared intently at the mirror ahead of his exciting procedure

Success: Gareth stared intently at the mirror ahead of his exciting procedure

Confidence is key: ‘I’ve always wanted long hair, but I’ll be happy with dense, thick hair with a better hairline,’ he went on

Mixed feelings: He went on: 'My hair means a lot to me so I have mixed feelings at the minute - it's a big thing but it'll definitely be worth it'

Mixed feelings: He went on: 'My hair means a lot to me so I have mixed feelings at the minute - it's a big thing but it'll definitely be worth it'

Mixed feelings: He went on: ‘My hair means a lot to me so I have mixed feelings at the minute – it’s a big thing but it’ll definitely be worth it’

He added: ‘The hardest thing for men is actually getting through the doors into somewhere like KSL and admitting you have something you’re not happy with. 

‘Women have their lips done, faces lifted or boobs done and this now is the new thing for men — and I don’t think there should be any shame about it.’ 

The follicular extraction procedure can take up to eight hours in three stages – incisions, extractions and implants – but is the least invasive method, and can be completed in just one day.

Back to his best! He even joked he may be able to return to his iconic 'spiky' look of the early 2000s

Back to his best! He even joked he may be able to return to his iconic 'spiky' look of the early 2000s

Back to his best! He even joked he may be able to return to his iconic ‘spiky’ look of the early 2000s

Style icon: He joked: 'Maybe I'll even go back to my spiky days!' (pictured in 2002)

Style icon: He joked: 'Maybe I'll even go back to my spiky days!' (pictured in 2002)

Style icon: He joked: ‘Maybe I’ll even go back to my spiky days!’ (pictured in 2002)

While he underwent the treatment for his own self-esteem, the results no doubt went well with his girlfriend Faye Brookes, too. 

The Coronation Street actress, 29, met Gareth when they both starred alongside each other in the stage production in Sleeping Beauty in 2012.

Faye played Princess Aurora, while Gates was fittingly her Prince Charming – which she revealed was like a ‘real fairytale.’ 

Loved-up: While he underwent the treatment for his own self-esteem, the results no doubt went well with his girlfriend Faye Brookes, who he has been with since 2013

Loved-up: While he underwent the treatment for his own self-esteem, the results no doubt went well with his girlfriend Faye Brookes, who he has been with since 2013

Loved-up: While he underwent the treatment for his own self-esteem, the results no doubt went well with his girlfriend Faye Brookes, who he has been with since 2013

Inspirational: Documenting his journey for fans, Gareth expressed his hopes that he will encourage others to do the same, if they struggle with the same insecurities

Inspirational: Documenting his journey for fans, Gareth expressed his hopes that he will encourage others to do the same, if they struggle with the same insecurities

Inspirational: Documenting his journey for fans, Gareth expressed his hopes that he will encourage others to do the same, if they struggle with the same insecurities

Proud: He added: 'Women have their lips done, faces lifted or boobs done and this now is the new thing for men ¿ and I don't think there should be any shame about it'

Proud: He added: 'Women have their lips done, faces lifted or boobs done and this now is the new thing for men ¿ and I don't think there should be any shame about it'

Proud: He added: ‘Women have their lips done, faces lifted or boobs done and this now is the new thing for men — and I don’t think there should be any shame about it’

After striking up a close bond with Faye during the stage production, Gareth split from his wife of four years – and the mother of his six-year-old daughter Missy – Suzanne Mole that year. 

However, it wasn’t until 10 months later that the new couple made their first public appearance together. 

Gareth is not the only star to undergo the procedure in recent weeks – with Jake Quickenden, Wayne Rooney and TOWIE’s Jamie Reed all embarking on the same. 

Boy to man: Gareth's insecurities stemmed from his hair thinning with age (pictured on the left in 2007)

Boy to man: Gareth's insecurities stemmed from his hair thinning with age (pictured on the left in 2007)

Boy to man: Gareth’s insecurities stemmed from his hair thinning with age (pictured on the left in 2007)

Success: Gareth is not the only star to undergo the procedure in recent weeks - with Jake Quickenden embarking on the same at KSL in August

Success: Gareth is not the only star to undergo the procedure in recent weeks - with Jake Quickenden embarking on the same at KSL in August

Success: Gareth is not the only star to undergo the procedure in recent weeks – with Jake Quickenden embarking on the same at KSL in August

'I can get on with day to day life!': Gushing of the results (above) on Twitter, he said: 'KSL were great, professional and really put me at ease and I am delighted with how it has turned out!

'I can get on with day to day life!': Gushing of the results (above) on Twitter, he said: 'KSL were great, professional and really put me at ease and I am delighted with how it has turned out!

‘I can get on with day to day life!’: Gushing of the results (above) on Twitter, he said: ‘KSL were great, professional and really put me at ease and I am delighted with how it has turned out!

Former X Factor star Jake had his done at the same clinic, and was quick to gush of the life-changing results. 

He wrote on Twitter in August: ‘So just in case anyone sees me and thinks it’s Frankenstein, I’ve sorted my hairline out after years of insecurities, people might say your hair was fine and didn’t need it, but after years of being really worried about losing my hair, I took the dive and did something about it!

‘I did my research and found @kslhairltd they were great, professional and really put me at ease and I am delighted with how it has turned out!

‘Swelling and redness will go down after a week and then just get on with day to day life and wait for the results!!’

Man of the hour! Gareth happily posed outside the studios

Man of the hour! Gareth happily posed outside the studios

Man of the hour! Gareth happily posed outside the studios