Weave all got hair with the X Factor, Louis

Weave all got hair with the X Factor, Louis

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00:29 GMT, 21 August 2012

It’s the most visible sign of a mid-life crisis: not when a man loses his hair, but when he mysteriously seems to gain it.

Hair transplants and ‘weaves’ — where new hair is added to existing strands — have become a staple of the modern male celebrity.

So, after Louis Walsh’s newly luxuriant thatch took centre stage on The X Factor’s return at the weekend, we look at the other celebs to have suddenly rediscovered their crowning glory.

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Thinning: Louis Walsh in 2010 (left) and on Saturday's X Factor (right)

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon

ROB BRYDON: The 47-year-old comic cheekily said in 2009: 'For some time now, my head has been feeling a lot warmer but I was unable to put my finger on the reason why'

Kyran Bracken

Kyran Bracken

KYRAN BRACKEN: the former England rugby captain, 37, had a transplant after retiring from the game in 2006, apparently sick of years of teasing by his fellow players

James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt

JAMES NESBITT: The Northern Irish star of Cold Feet, 47, has had two transplants from the same Dublin clinic as Louis Walsh, saying: 'I'd go so far as to say they changed my life'

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

MEL GIBSON The controversial star, 56, has never admitted having any follicular work done, so one can only assume that after turning 50 he just got lucky

Elton John

Elton John

ELTON JOHN: The original and perhaps the best. It's been 30 years since Elton, 65, first unveiled his new head of hair… and some may forget he was ever thinning at all

Jason Gardiner

Jason Gardiner

JASON GARDINER: So proud was the ex-Dancing On Ice judge, 40, of his new thatch he allowed the eight-hour, 40,000 procedure to be broadcast live on the internet last year

Shane Warne

Shane Warne

SHANE WARNE: The Liz Hurley-inspired makeover of Shane, 42, includes laser therapy at the Advanced Hair Studios clinics endorsed by fellow cricketer Graham Gooch

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

SILVIO BERLUSCONI: In 2001, the former Italian PM, 75, declared: 'I have little hair because my brain is so big it pushes the hair out.' Well – draw your own conclusions

Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch

GRAHAM GOOCH: Delighted with his own 5,000 treatment in 1995, the 59-year-old former England cricket captain promptly became a spokesman for Advanced Hair Studios

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne

DUNCAN BANNATYNE: The 63-year-old's 2006 treatment was made public after Dragons' Den co-star Theo Paphitis joked his weave was always falling out on the set

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

NICOLAS CAGE: The hell-rasing Hollywood film star, 48, has never publicily admitted having his hair 'done' – though he clearly prefers the, ahem, longer look of late

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

LIAM NEESON: Rumours persist the 60-year-old actor's locks have had a helping hand. Last year, he said: 'I do have my hair… but I'm ready to be a little bald in movies'