It Took Joel McHale Three Hair Transplants to Save Himself from Going Bald
Many people know Joel McHale, whether it is from hosting The Soup or his time playing the role of Jeff Winger in the famous NBC sitcom Community from 2009 to 2015.
McHale got his first big break hosting The Soup, a popular TV show that focused on recaps of various popular culture and television moments of the week. At the heart of the show, McHale provided satirical commentary on the clips that showed up.
Joel McHale and His Insecurities
During his tenure in The Soup, the 49-year-old actor and comedian addressed the appearance of celebrities and almost everyone in pop culture, pointing out the flaws in their look.
Like everybody else in Hollywood, McHale too couldn't escape the pressure of looking youthful and relevant to the public at all times.
He opened up about feeling insecure about his body multiple times on the show. He shared being conscious about what he eats and hitting the gym almost every single day of the week.
I go in there thinking I’m in shape, and then I go in, and I’m like, 'Ooh, I am not in shape. I need to work harder.'
The former host’s fitness level is not the only physical attribute he has admitted to having insecurities about. For example, he admits to having premature hair loss, which led him to become very insecure about the appearance of his hairline.
Joel McHale on His Hair Transplant Surgeries
During a 2020 appearance on actor Justin Long's podcast series called Life is Short with Justin Long, McHale confessed to the world about having a hair transplant.
McHale confirmed he had not one but three hair transplant surgeries. The actor told Long, “I’d be totally bald without the transplants. We’re not all born with gorgeous thick hair like you [Long].”
Their conversation moved towards McHale's hair loss process and how he tackled it. He shared that even at 18 years of age, he thought his hairline was weird. McHale explained,
When I started The Soup, I look at some of the promo photos and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah.’ Maybe I’ve gone overboard, and this really shows my midlife crisis, but my theory is that I’m never going to die and it’s a good theory.
McHale expressed his satisfaction with the results of his surgeries. He boasted, “Three surgeries later, look at my hair! The technology is bananas now. They pluck your hair and stick it there.”
Staying flawless in Hollywood is a monumental pressure put on every person involved in front of the camera. As a result, it has become common for stars to undergo cosmetic surgery and beauty treatments.
Changing facial features like nose, cheekbones, teeth, eyes, lips, and eyebrows are some common procedures that celebrities go through to look flawless in the public eye.
Men fear losing hair as they grow older, and hair transplants are easily available to the Hollywood elites to maintain their youth. Although hair treatments have become household names in the beauty industry, most people are still hesitant to get one.
Songwriter and singer Elton John described his experience with transplants as painful, with the result making him look like "something out of a horror movie." But not everyone who undergoes a hair transplant regrets their decision, and luckily, one of them is McHale.