Olympic diver making a splash with hair transplant

Daily Echo: Pete Waterfield at the Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park Pete Waterfield at the Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park

He wowed us all with his hair-raising performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

And now Southampton diving star Pete Waterfield is hoping to grow some locks of his own, after undergoing a hair transplant.

Pete, 31, said he has had the procedure, which costs upwards of £4,000, to stop being mistaken for a “thug”.

With a strong cockney accent and a shaven head, a style he chose to disguise the hair loss that dogged him as a teenager, the father-of-two claims that people often mistake him for a thug and wanted to soften his image.

The procedure saw Pete have around 4,200 hairs moved from the back of his head to the top of his scalp, at the Crown Clinic in Manchester.

Pete, who lives in Southampton with wife Tania, 30, and his two children Lewis, 11, and Marshall, four, said: “I started going bald when I was 18, which is when I got really serious about diving.

“I had completely lost my hairline and the only way to cover it up was by shaving my head.

“I think some people wrongly got the impression that I was a bit of a thug, which could not be further from the truth.

“I am a loving family man who has dedicated my life to diving and helping others.

“I wanted to soften my whole image and make sure that I was a little more approachable to strangers.

“The best way to do that was by having a hair transplant.

“I am so glad that I have had it done - I feel so much more confident now.

“I am really looking forward to being able to grow my hair for the first time since I was a teenager and present a new image of myself to the world.”

Experts at the clinic said it would take about a year for the results of the procedure to show, as the transplanted hair starts to grow back.

The process was carried out by leading hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak, hair loss expert from hit Channel 4 series Embarrassing Bodies.

Dr Shahmalak said: “Like a lot of the celebrities I have treated, he found that the transplant significantly boosted his self-esteem and has made him much more marketable to TV shows and brands.

“He looks and feels a lot younger, too.

“I sure it will lead to lots of fresh opportunities for him.”

Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney underwent a similar procedure last year.

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12:20pm Fri 25 Jan 13

userds5050 says...

He was moaning the other day how he wouldn't be able to pay his mortgage due to funding cuts. Now he's spending 4k on a hair transplant.
He was moaning the other day how he wouldn't be able to pay his mortgage due to funding cuts. Now he's spending 4k on a hair transplant. userds5050
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12:36pm Fri 25 Jan 13

THEKILLER says...

userds5050 wrote:
He was moaning the other day how he wouldn't be able to pay his mortgage due to funding cuts. Now he's spending 4k on a hair transplant.
He is still begging for companies to fund him, but is clearly not as hard up as he makes out!!
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: He was moaning the other day how he wouldn't be able to pay his mortgage due to funding cuts. Now he's spending 4k on a hair transplant.[/p][/quote]He is still begging for companies to fund him, but is clearly not as hard up as he makes out!! THEKILLER
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1:05pm Fri 25 Jan 13

derek james says...

i think you'll find swimming a lot speeds up hair loss, better find another sport
i think you'll find swimming a lot speeds up hair loss, better find another sport derek james
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1:08pm Fri 25 Jan 13

LucyF89 says...

how funny, pleading poverty that he can't keep a roof over his head then forks out 4 grand on hair?! wow... he's a diver not a model!
how funny, pleading poverty that he can't keep a roof over his head then forks out 4 grand on hair?! wow... he's a diver not a model! LucyF89
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1:24pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Soton Gas says...

Cost of one free hair transplant (and maybe an additional little sweetener) vs free advertising in media after Olympic diver tells his story. Call me cynical...
Cost of one free hair transplant (and maybe an additional little sweetener) vs free advertising in media after Olympic diver tells his story. Call me cynical... Soton Gas
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2:02pm Fri 25 Jan 13

michaelp42 says...

Slow news day?
Slow news day? michaelp42
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2:35pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Portswoodfoke says...

Just lost any respect for this guy, he made a strong case for his funding the other day and how hard up he and his family would be then does this.

Not so hard up eh?
Just lost any respect for this guy, he made a strong case for his funding the other day and how hard up he and his family would be then does this. Not so hard up eh? Portswoodfoke
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3:04pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Mr Price says...

If anyone knows Pete..Let him know hes no doing himself any favours..On one hand paying out 4k for a hair transplant and in the other saying his family are finding it tough with no funding !!!!
If anyone knows Pete..Let him know hes no doing himself any favours..On one hand paying out 4k for a hair transplant and in the other saying his family are finding it tough with no funding !!!! Mr Price
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3:34pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Alan J. Bauman says...

Good Luck Pete. Congratulations on moving forward with your hair transplant with Dr. Asim Shahmalak. You are in great hands. Keep us posted on your progress!
Regards,
Alan J. Bauman, M.D.
NeoGraft FUE Hair Transplant Surgeon
Boca Raton, Florida
http://www.baumanmed
ical.com
Good Luck Pete. Congratulations on moving forward with your hair transplant with Dr. Asim Shahmalak. You are in great hands. Keep us posted on your progress! Regards, Alan J. Bauman, M.D. NeoGraft FUE Hair Transplant Surgeon Boca Raton, Florida http://www.baumanmed ical.com Alan J. Bauman
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3:43pm Fri 25 Jan 13

sallyrdn says...

Just in case you don't know the name of the surgeon he is Dr Asim Shahmalk. Nice bit of publicity for him. Perhaps he gave Pete a discount. Can't think of any other reason he would want this in the paper after his earlier protestations of being hard up. Silly boy Pete, people will loose respect.
Just in case you don't know the name of the surgeon he is Dr Asim Shahmalk. Nice bit of publicity for him. Perhaps he gave Pete a discount. Can't think of any other reason he would want this in the paper after his earlier protestations of being hard up. Silly boy Pete, people will loose respect. sallyrdn
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3:52pm Fri 25 Jan 13

minnie64 says...

And a bit of publicity for Alan Bauman I see !!!!!
And a bit of publicity for Alan Bauman I see !!!!! minnie64
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5:08pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Big Mac says...

He should have got Lyons Golden Syrup to sponsor him, though not sure that it would be his first choice of colour?
He should have got Lyons Golden Syrup to sponsor him, though not sure that it would be his first choice of colour? Big Mac
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10:22pm Fri 25 Jan 13

richieroo says...

THEKILLER wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
He was moaning the other day how he wouldn't be able to pay his mortgage due to funding cuts. Now he's spending 4k on a hair transplant.
He is still begging for companies to fund him, but is clearly not as hard up as he makes out!!
Exactly!!.
[quote][p][bold]THEKILLER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: He was moaning the other day how he wouldn't be able to pay his mortgage due to funding cuts. Now he's spending 4k on a hair transplant.[/p][/quote]He is still begging for companies to fund him, but is clearly not as hard up as he makes out!![/p][/quote]Exactly!!. richieroo
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12:37am Sat 26 Jan 13

bucktoom says...

All you cynics just leave it out. He prob had the transplant done a while back when things were less uncertain.
He's a lovely bloke and FYI doesn't live some lavish celeb style lifestyle.
Why can't u just be pleased for him? You're not the ones being asked to sponsor him!
All you cynics just leave it out. He prob had the transplant done a while back when things were less uncertain. He's a lovely bloke and FYI doesn't live some lavish celeb style lifestyle. Why can't u just be pleased for him? You're not the ones being asked to sponsor him! bucktoom
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2:32pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Big Mac says...

bucktoom wrote:
All you cynics just leave it out. He prob had the transplant done a while back when things were less uncertain.
He's a lovely bloke and FYI doesn't live some lavish celeb style lifestyle.
Why can't u just be pleased for him? You're not the ones being asked to sponsor him!
OK, keep yer hair on!
[quote][p][bold]bucktoom[/bold] wrote: All you cynics just leave it out. He prob had the transplant done a while back when things were less uncertain. He's a lovely bloke and FYI doesn't live some lavish celeb style lifestyle. Why can't u just be pleased for him? You're not the ones being asked to sponsor him![/p][/quote]OK, keep yer hair on! Big Mac
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12:44am Mon 28 Jan 13

Jimbob21 says...

He only found out the other day his funding is going to be cut, so I dont think he would have done this if he knew that was going to happen do you?
And in his interviews last week he had no scaring so this proves he had it done a while ago.
I totally agree with you bucktoom!
Cynical dopes!
He only found out the other day his funding is going to be cut, so I dont think he would have done this if he knew that was going to happen do you? And in his interviews last week he had no scaring so this proves he had it done a while ago. I totally agree with you bucktoom! Cynical dopes! Jimbob21
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