Justin Bieber broke onto the scene as a baby-faced popstar with an iconic hairstyle aged just 13.
But now, more than 15 years later, Justin Bieber wears a hat or hood in most public appearances, leading to speculation that his famous hairline is receding and/or that he’s had a hair transplant.
Justin hasn’t talked about his hair loss publicly, so it’s not known whether he’s using any hair loss treatments for men as yet. In this article, we’ll examine Justin Bieber’s hair loss over the years and explore whether he may have had a hair transplant.
See Justin’s hair loss journey from 2012 to 2023 below.
At the age of 18, Justin’s hairline was still full, with no visible recession or hair thinning. He does have a slightly uneven hairline, which is very common — most people have an asymmetrical hairline, so it’s not always a sign of hair loss.
Some men start experiencing male pattern baldness around this time, leading to a receding hairline at 20. But Justin managed to avoid this throughout his early career.
Justin has experimented with lots of different styles over the years, including bleaching his famous hair in 2015.
Justin’s hairline is still intact here, but it’s well-known that bleach can damage your hair. This often leads to hair breakage around the crown and hairline.
Considering bleaching your own hair? Get advice from a stylist or barber beforehand (especially if you’ve had chemical treatments like keratin for hair), and don’t leave bleach on your hair for too long.
The first signs of hair thinning for Justin Bieber appeared in 2018, at around the age of 24. Sweeping his hair back in the photo below shows some slight temple hair loss:
He’s also used careful styling techniques to cover up these signs of recession. In the bleach-blonde photo above, Justin has styled some of his shorter frontal hairs over his temples to disguise his hairline.
In 2021, Justin started showing more significant signs of balding. Shorter hairstyles and a stint wearing dreadlocks exposed the thinning around his temples, which is relatively common in men in their late 20s.
However, Justin’s dreadlocks may have made his hair loss worse. Dreadlocks are a common cause of traction alopecia, a condition in which extreme or excessive tension on the follicles leads to temporary hair loss.
Justin also attended the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2021 with his hair hidden beneath a large hoodie. But eagle-eyed viewers spotted apparent signs of thinning as he collected his Moonman award:
Around this time, Justin Bieber is almost exclusively photographed wearing hats, whether on his social channels or in the news:
A rare photo without a hat in June 2022 shows more significant thinning at the temples:
He’s also stayed out of the spotlight in recent years, skipping the 2023 Met Gala and Grammys, leading some people to speculate that he’s recovering from a hair transplant, or that he’s covering up his worsening hair loss.
Because Justin often keeps his hair under wraps, it’s difficult to determine if he’s really had a hair transplant. However, photos from spring and summer 2023 show a much straighter hairline, with his temples much more filled in:
So it looks possible that Justin Bieber had a hair transplant in late 2021/early 2022. Around a year later, his hairline is straighter and fuller, without the asymmetry visible in his original hairline.
It’s not known if Justin Bieber uses Finasteride, but to maintain his refreshed hairline it’s likely he’s using some kind of ongoing non-surgical hair loss treatment. This may be Finasteride, which is the most recommended treatment for men by hair loss specialists .
In fact, Justin Bieber has advocated for the use of Propecia (the brand name for Finasteride) for other bald celebrities, such as Prince William:
“I mean, there are things to prevent that nowadays, like Propecia. I don’t know why he doesn’t just get those things, those products. You just take Propecia and your hair grows back. Have you not got it over here?”
As Justin now knows, hair loss and regrowth aren’t always that simple. It’s an ongoing journey that requires ongoing monitoring.
Other popular treatments include Minoxidil and Dutasteride, both of which are proven to slow hair loss and increase growth. So Justin Bieber could be using one of these treatments as an alternative to Finasteride.
If Justin Bieber has had a hair transplant, it’s not yet known how many hair grafts he had. But based on the extent of his hair loss around 2021, we can estimate he’s received approximately 1,000 to 2,000 hair grafts in zones one and two:
As he seems keen to keep his hair loss hidden, Justin Bieber may have had FUE treatment rather than FUT. FUE is a slightly less invasive procedure that results in less scarring, so it’s often preferred by high-profile celebrities.
If you’ve noticed your own hair thinning, you don’t need to put up with it. From FUE to Finasteride, there are lots of options available for tackling your own hair loss.
Not sure where to start? Book a free consultation with our hair loss advisors to get a hair loss diagnosis and find out more about your treatment options, so you can halt your hair loss and start your regrowth journey.
England cricket captain Ben Stokes revealed his hair transplant at the Wimpole Clinic in September 2023:
“I got a lot of comments from the lads on the team before and after I had [my hair transplant] done. They’ve said in their own words that it is definitely the best one they’ve seen.”
But lots of other famous folk have had their hairlines surgically enhanced, too. Take a look at these other celebrity hair transplants:
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