AJ McLean, I cannot say that I’m a huge fan of your work. I don’t get to listen to pop music very often. When I do get a chance to relax, I usually spend my time doing a variety of yoga poses near or sometimes on the top of very large hills. I’ll take in a movie. Have a popsicle on a hot day. The norms.
When I’m not relaxing, I’m typically knee deep in hair research.
You see, I scored in the 95th percentile on my ACT exams in high school for science. Since I scored under the 30th percentile on everything else, I decided that I should dedicate my life to science. And the ACT exam was right. Throughout college and beyond, I’ve found very few individuals who can grasp complex if-then concepts like I can.
During college, I tragically started losing my hair. I went into a deep state of despair.
But I knew, based on my ACT scores, that only 5% of the people in the world were more qualified than me to cure hair loss. And how many of that 5% were motivated like me to solve the case? Well, I don’t want to bore you with the details. Let’s just say I tried some pretty crazy experiments. If I put this on my hair, then this will happen. My experiments gave me a glimmer of hope. They got me through college and beyond. Hoping, praying, the latest concoction of caffeine and emu oil would make a difference.
But after years of putting a lot of harmful things on my scalp, I gave up my quest. By my math, there are about 3 people in the world that could cure hair loss if they put their minds to it. I hope they read this. Maybe a member of the ACT testing board will read this, see who scored 99% on their ACT’s and share this post with them.
Today we are stuck with the current options for hair loss. Both you and I opted for a hair transplant.
You opted for a traditional hair transplant (FUT) while I opted for FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). In your case you had more ground to cover and needed more hair to transplant. So a FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) made more sense since you’re able to harvest more hairs in a short period of time and the survival rate of the transplanted hair is better than FUE. In my case, I wanted to have the option to shave my head in case the transplant looked bad. I’ve shaved my head a few times. And I don’t really look that good with a shaved head. But you can’t tell that I’ve had surgery!
See, with an FUE transplant you don’t excise (that’s medical speak for remove) a strip of skin with hair attached as you do with FUT. You remove individual hairs one by one with a special device from the root. Then the individual hairs are sorted. Single hairs get placed at the hair line and groups of 2 to 4 hairs get placed farther back. This creates a natural looking hairline and more density as you move back. The sorting and the placing is the same with FUT and FUE, it’s only the extraction that is different.
So an FUT leaves a scar. Not a big deal. Most of us will never shave our heads. And FUT tends to produce a better transplant survival rate that FUE. To each their own.
Let me say that yours looks wonderful. I’m impressed that you came out and told everyone about it. It’s tough for celebrities. It’s especially tough for young celebrities who lose their hair at an early age. It takes big balls my friend. I don’t have much else to say. You’ve lived a very interesting life. You deserve to have hair. We all do. It’s our god-given right. Bravo to you Mr. AJ McLean. Backstreet Boy. Hair Adventurer. Life, liberty and the pursuit of sexy-time hair. God Bless us all.