If the word “rizz” had a face, it would arguably be Harry Styles’. But it’s not just that the singer’s effortlessly charismatic – he’s cheeky, he’s funny, and a complete gentleman, qualities which have made him one of the most beloved singers of his generation.
While Harry Styles hardly gets attention for any of the wrong reasons, last year, of all things, his hair took a bit of a hit owing to rumours of him “secretly balding” and wearing a wig. Teen Vogue, rather tastefully, even dubbed the entire thing “baldgate.” Considering how Harry’s curly locks have their own fanbase, the rumours were shocking, to say the least.
Now, it can also not be denied that the shape of Harry’s hairline has changed over the years. But is it because it has simply matured, or is Harry Styles balding after all? In this blog, we’ll go over all of this and find out if Harry Styles’ hair transplant rumours are true.
Who Is Harry Styles?
Harry Styles is one of those celebrities who hardly needs any introduction. Simply Googling the name of the singer would get you more than 200 million search results. He’s been a phenomenon since the day he auditioned for The X-Factor, and his star has only risen since. But for those who don’t know, Harry (Edward) Styles is a pop singer and actor who was born on 1February 1994, in England. Even he couldn’t have guessed what followed in the decade after 2010.
Having auditioned as a solo artist, Harry together with Niall, Liam, Louis, and Zayn, was eventually put together in a group called “One Direction” (not too apt, but that’s beside the point). While they didn’t win The X-Factor, they got a win right after they had Simon Cowell’s Syco Records sign them on.
Starting from What’s Makes You Beautiful all the way to History, right before the band went on hiatus, the band was a hit in every sense of the word, even after Zayn left the group. While the eventual disbanding might’ve worried some, it only allowed Harry to expand his work into the world of acting – he may have a silky voice, but the jury’s still out on his acting chops.
Are The Harry Styles’ Hair Transplant Rumors True?
Up until now, it doesn’t look like Harry Styles has had a hair transplant, although he might get one in the future. While Harry is not balding, his hairline definitely looks recessed, and it’s probably because of androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness.
Over the years, Harry’s formed a distinct widow’s peak and an overall M-shaped hairline as his temple hair has moved farther back. And M-shaped hairlines are considered classic signs of pattern baldness because that’s how this type of hair loss progresses.
Unfortunately, androgenetic alopecia is also permanent. It permanently miniaturises or shrinks the hair follicles through the action of the hormone dihydrotestosterone. A hair transplant is one of the treatment options that can help in hair restoration, so Harry might decide on it in the future.
All the rumours about Harry balding started in 2022 with an anon shared by DeuxMoi: “This A-list musician/occasional actor has a dirty little secret he hasn’t shared with fans. Literally! He has gone almost completely bald. His hairpiece is so lifelike that only a good eye could pick it out, and that’s on a bad day.”
Many fingers pointed towards Harry, possibly because people had noticed his hairline changing quite a bit. However, in a 2022 Rolling Stones interview, Harry kind of dismissed them. He may not be balding now, but he did say something else about baldness.
“What is it with baldness? … It skips a generation or something, right? If your grandad’s bald then you’ll be bald? Well, my granddad wasn’t bald, so fingers crossed.” Unfortunately, hair loss genetics are a bit more complicated than that, but fingers crossed it is.
More recently, however, Harry’s hair transplant rumours took a new life after he decided to shave all his hair off. Harry’s mother said it was simply because he wanted to change things a bit while on holiday.
Others thought he shaved his hair for a rumoured role in season 3 of White Lotus. Still, others tried to connect the past dots with a secret hair transplant.
In all the scenarios, only time can tell because even with a hair transplant, unless Harry posts pictures of fresh (and a bit bloody) hair grafts, we’d only be able to see a noticeable change in his hairline once his hair grows out.
Analysing Harry Styles’ Hair Evolution
To understand why we think Harry might want to consider a hair transplant in the future, let’s take a closer look at his hairstyle evolution over the years.
Harry Styles’ Hairstyles Through The Years
In 2012, 2 years after exploding on the music scene, Harry had a rather Bieber-esque hairstyle. His hair was relatively on the shorter side, but it was still quite dense with soft curls.
A year later in 2013, the side-sweeping of the hair had calmed down to a considerable degree, although the overall length of his hair remained more or less the same. While we could finally see Harry’s forehead in all its glory, he had forward-swept, messy hair covering his temple peaks.
In 2014, Harry grew his hair out to almost shoulder length. The curls looked luscious as ever, but his widow’s peak had started to take on a more distinct shape.
Come 2015 and Harry had grown his hair out longer than ever before. His hairline, however, looked the same.
As for his hair in 2016, it was the year when Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk had started filming. Playing an army private in the film, Styles most probably needed a haircut for that role. He kept his hair the same length continuing into 2017.
All the way till 2020, Harry grew his curls out again, although he didn’t grow it too long. However, in 2020, you can see how his hairline looks even more noticeably pushed back.
It continued to be the same way in 2022 and for most of 2023, although Harry has now opted for a buzzcut.
Harry Styles’ balding – when used in a traditional sense – rumours may not be true after all. And the singer might not have had a hair transplant either (as yet, anyway).
However, many people have speculated about Harry Styles’ receding hairline. Over the years, it definitely looks like his temple peaks have moved farther and farther back. His forehead also seems bigger than before. All these things do hint at the possibility of Harry Styles’ hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia, but only time can tell.
If you’re also losing your hair, you must consult a medical professional because there can be many different causes of hair loss. They’ll prepare a suitable treatment plan for you accordingly.