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- EXCLUSIVE: Women have long been encouraged to have Brazilian waxes for smooth, hair-free vaginas
- But countless suffered damaged follicles as a result, resulting in patchy growth
- Now, scores are undergoing body hair restoration to restore their natural state
- Here, mother-of-one Monica, 42, underwent the procedure in 2016 for £2,000
- While Gwyneth Paltrow has not had a pubic hair transplant, she has encouraged women to embrace their natural growth
- DHI Global, who predominately treat men with their popular ‘lunch hour’ hair transplant, take hair from the back of the head and implant into pubic area
- They also treat men who are unhappy with smooth chests or patchy beards
Women’s style has always been at the ever-changing whim of fashion trends. And pubic hair is no different.
But surgeons at DHI Global, who usually specialise in men’s hair transplants, are reporting a sharp rise in women requesting bikini line restoration after inadvertently damaging their own hair follicles as they groom.
In addition, they say celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Lady Gaga – who all embrace full growth down below – have inspired women to reclaim the natural look.
The clinic, which is based off London’s Harley Street, has seen more female patients than ever – with a record number of 22 seen, last month.
‘We started offering body hair restoration because women would come to us asking for it. Initially, we didn’t realise the market existed to such an extent, but now it’s a core part of our business,’ says DHI’s founder Kostas Giotis.
Here, 42 year-old Monica, from London – who asked us to protect her identity – tells her story exclusively to MailOnline.
Preparation: Monica is given an anaesthetic in advance of having her donor hairs removed
‘I spent years cultivating the smooth look and, for a long time during the Baywatch era of the 90s, I loved it. I was young and indulging in passionate relationships with men, so always wanted to look my best down below.
‘Much of my grooming regime involved waxing in salons, but that was expensive, so I later tried cost-effective DIY strips which seemed harmless.
‘But, after several years, I gradually stopped. I got into a serious relationship and later married, then – after the birth of my son – I saw my body in a different way. I didn’t want to groom as much, especially as my husband agreed that he preferred the natural look.
Bald patches: After years of over-grooming, Monica suffered some follicle damage
Planning: The clinicial maps-out the areas which need densifying with the new hair
‘However, when I tried to grow my pubic hair back I noticed that it was patchy. There were noticeable areas which were bald and, although my husband didn’t care, I was embarrassed. I became self-conscious. Probably in a similar way to other women do when the hair on their head thins, but this seemed worse because I’d caused it. It was self-inflicted.
‘Panicked, I spent a lot of money on lotions and potions which didn’t work. Then, last year, I found out about the possibility of a hair transplant. At first it sounded excessive. Something only men would do, but a friend who’d over-plucked her eyebrows had them restored at DHI London and suggested I contact them, so I went for a consultation.
‘They explained that they could take hair from the back of my head and re-implant it into my bikini line without any real discomfort. Best of all, there wouldn’t be any scarring and the results would be permanent – the hair would never fall out again.
Painstaking, but almost painless: Monica said the procedure was not uncomfortable
Implantation: A surgeon used a specially-designed tool to insert the follicles
‘Within two weeks I was booked in and underwent the procedure at their New Cavendish Street site.
‘First, I had to lay on my stomach for an hour as they took the hair from the back of my head, which felt no worse than being prodded with a biro.
‘Then, they flipped me over and re-implanted the follicles into my bikini line using a special implanter tool which looks like an apple corer. This was painless because I had local anaesthetic.
Surgery complete: The procedure took just over two hours and this images shows the freshly-implanted follicles
The start of growth: The hairs are beginning the sprout after the initial healing period
‘Then, 90 minutes later, I was ready to go home. The staff gave me an aftercare package, which meant I had to keep the area wet with saline for a few days, then it scabbed over, which is a natural part of the healing process.
‘Once this cleared I was able to shower as normal and, a month later, could start enjoying have sex again.
At first we took it easy because we didn’t want to damage the follicles, but now – five months on – I can be as passionate as usual.
‘I feel like a whole woman again. The natural look is definitely back – and, for me, it’s here to stay.’
The finished product: Monica now has complete regrowth just five months later
Explaining the process, DHI’s Giotis said: ‘The doctor thoroughly designs the recipient area according to the needs of the patient.
‘The number of required hairs and the kind of follicle grafts required for a natural result and density are counted, then they are extracted from the donor area – which is usually the back of the head.
‘We use a custom designed implanting tool, which gives us complete control over the depth, angle and direction of the implanted hair, to achieve a nice and absolutely natural-looking result.
‘This is crucially important, especially for the pubic area because pubic hair tends to be heavier, longer and coarser than the hair on our heads. But the finished result looks almost identical to the real thing.
‘The follicles are then placed into the body area that needs to be covered and will grow for a lifetime. It’s a very simple procedure and can sometimes be completed within two hours’.
For more information visit: DHI London
CELEBS WHO FAVOUR ‘THE BUSH’
Lady Gaga: The Pokerface singer previously appeared on the front cover of Candy, first transversal style magazine. Her pubic region was on show – mainly her bush.
Gwyneth Paltrow: The Hollywood superstar once told reporters that she had a ’70s vibe’ in terms of her pubic hair style. She once said that Cameron Diaz has to hold her down every time she goes for a bikini wax.
Cameron Diaz: Famous for There’s Something About Mary, not many know that she also wrote The Body Book. In it, she said that she thinks ‘permanent hair removal sounds like a crazy idea’. She even asked readers to think about if they would really want a hairless vagina for the rest of their lives.
Kourtney Kardashian: In Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the television personality told the entire world that she doesn’t enjoy shaving her pubic hair. But it is believed she may have groomed after giving birth.
Lucy Lawless: During filming of Spartacus: Blood in the Sand, the actress revealed she wouldn’t need to wear fake pubic hair – she had her own.