Anton Du Beke has discussed his £10,000 hair transplant, saying the procedure ‘changed his life immediately’.
The Strictly star, 54, – who had the transplant in 2017 – said he started losing his hair ‘years ago’ and when he looked in the mirror ‘all he could see was’.
During Steph’s packed lunch on Monday, the ballroom star explained that concerns about how his hair looked were beginning to “eat” him, but also admitted the procedure was “painful.”
Honest: Anton Du Beke has discussed his £10,000 hair transplant, saying the procedure ‘immediately changed his life’ (left on Steph’s packed lunch on Monday and right in 2015 before the transplant)
He said, “A few years ago I started losing my hair… Every time I looked in the mirror, I only saw more.”
He continued: “I had a period where I tried to put all my photos in profile… It’s kind of always on your mind. It starts to consume you.’
When asked whether losing his hair affects his self-confidence, Anton replied: ‘In some ways yes, not as an artist… In normal life.
Concerns: The Strictly star, 54, – who had the transplant in 2017 – said he started losing his hair ‘years ago’ and when he looked in the mirror ‘all he could see was’
“You either agree or disagree, so if you know you don’t agree, then it was just a matter of doing something about it for me.”
Explaining how the transplant came about, Anton said: “I was playing golf with Jimmy Nesbitt, who has had the famous hair transplants, and I went to see his husband… It immediately changed my life… All those things that hand, went away.’
Steph also asked Anton if it was painful to which he replied: ‘It is a painful procedure, so you accept it for what it is. It doesn’t hurt as much as looking in the mirror and seeing your hairline disappear.”
Candid: Speaking to Steph’s packed lunch, the ballroom star explained that concerns about how his hair looked were beginning to “eat” him, but also admitted the procedure was “painful” (pictured after the procedure in 2020)
Anton was very honest about the procedure in its aftermath.
He explained to Steph, “I owned it, I’d talk about it… I wasn’t interested in pretending. I wanted to go ‘Look, I’ve had a little crop rotation, I’ve ripped a little bit off the back and slipped in the front.’
When he got the procedure in 2017, he explained at the time that he was feeling insecure after noticing his receding hairline in photos and on television.
Anton revealed that he would cover it up with makeup and that he wouldn’t be under certain lighting to make sure it didn’t stand out.
Fear: He said, ‘I started losing my hair a few years ago… Every time I looked in the mirror, it was all I could see’ (pictured with Strictly partner Judy Murray in 2014 before the procedure)
“I think the only great thing for men is their hair. Women have all their stuff… But men have hair,” he admitted The mirror.
“I looked at pictures and images of myself on television and saw that it was getting a little thin in the front. I would cover it up with makeup and make sure I wasn’t under certain lights. Actually, I didn’t like it that much.’
The BBC star discussed how he now feels more confident when he goes to the ballroom to dance in front of the cameras in front of thousands of viewers at home.
“I feel 25 again. It’s made me feel so much more confident when I’m on television or when I’m in the picture,” he added.
It comes after Anton revealed last month that the best thing about being famous is the happiness it brings to his mother after her turbulent marriage to his father.
The star, who previously talked about how his father would beat him with a belt when he was drunk, said his success on the BBC show had a big impact on his Spanish mother Ascension.
Speaking with BBC Sounds When I was 25 podcast, Anton said he didn’t have a ‘light bulb moment’ where he realized his father’s abusive behavior was unacceptable because he understood what the problems were
He said, “Obviously that’s not okay… the aggression and the alcohol. I didn’t have a light bulb moment and thought ‘Oh, isn’t your dad doing that?’
About the impact his success has had on his mother, he added: “I love that people know I am my mother’s son and that people know my mother…
‘My mother is wonderful and sweet. I think it’s great that she’s become a little bit famous… and she comes by every now and then to see the show and it’s great.”
While Anton lived at home through his twenties, he had no interaction with his father at the time, as their paths rarely crossed.
The dancer said that when his parents divorced, his mother dyed her gray hair blonde and became a “rock chick” he barely recognised.
Anton’s father Antal, who was from Hungary, died in 2001.
Confident: Anton explained how the transplant came about, saying: ‘I was playing golf with Jimmy Nesbitt, who has had the famous hair transplants and I went to see his husband… It immediately changed my life’ (pictured in August 2017 , just before the procedure)