East East and Shameless stars, who also played Vikram Desai in Coronation Street, had two Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplants, which involved taking hair from the back of his head and inserting them into the slimming areas at the front.
The regular woolpack revealed that while solving his hair loss concerns gave him enormous personal satisfaction, his career was also a driving force behind the decision.
The 44-year-old actor said: “As soon as you start losing your hair, you are immediately thrown older, so it does reduce the amount of parts you can play.
“If you’re 40 years old and bald, you probably get molded as being 45 or 50. This can affect your career.
“There are definitely more plays for actors who have a head full of hair. You don’t know what opportunities might be lost.
The Manchester star’s operation was performed at the city’s Farjo Hair Institute, and Chris says he’s made his life easier both on and off screen.
“I didn’t want to make myself look younger, especially. “I just wanted to stop the hairline coming back too far and keep some definition around my face,” he said.
“Now the procedures are done, I’m happy with the results. I am relaxed and confident about my appearance.
The Emmerdale favourite returned to filming this week after spending the past few months isolating himself at home with his partner Rowena and their two children, Harry and Ella Rose.
He added: “In real life, you don’t really notice your hair loss day to day. At work, it’s different because you sit in front of a mirror and have a specific look that you need to achieve.
“The first time I spotted it was probably in my early mid-30s. I was very happy that I had managed to keep my hair as long as I had.
“as you go in the work and they are having to adjust the lighting, or make-up are having to put more powder on your head just to remove the shine before going for a socket, you notice.”
Other high-level farjo Hair Institute patients include Cold Feet actor John Thomson, Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall and football legends David Platt and Micky Gray.
Chris said: “In my industry, people are always changing the way they look. It is accepted – there is no stigma attached to cosmetic procedures.
“I know people who have had hair transplants, so I was able to talk to them to see what they thought and what the results were.”
Hair loss affects more than eight million men in the UK and is often linked to increased anxiety and even depression.
But Chris said: “I didn’t particularly have dark moments. It is more to my work than I did analyze it.
“L started taking more and more time in makeup, using more and more products, and I thought, “n does, it would be nice to have my hair in real life as well.
“Years my field of work, there are more opportunities if you have a head full of hair. Maybe bald men are under-represented on screen.
He added: “In film and television, this is a fairly common procedure for male actors.
“‘is one of those things where people say, ‘h my God, he’s had a hair transplant,'” and then they forget about it.
“‘We have a friend who works in construction and he didn’t tell anyone he’d worked with it, whereas when I’m at work, I talk about it openly.
“People from different backgrounds will have very different ways of thinking about it.”
The institute’s co-founder, Dr. Bessam Farjo, said, “I am delighted that Chris is pleased with the results and is comfortable talking candidly about the subject.
“Millions of men suffer in silence because of hair loss, something they may feel they can do little.
“But people like Chris show what can be achieved and help break the taboos that people might have about hair transplants.”
Last week, ITV drama boss John Whiston revealed that some male stars had caused him headaches by shaving their heads during the coronavirus attack, while actresses were coloring their own hair.
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But Chris said: “I haven’t been able to have mine cut since before we got into locking, so Jai’s going to have a lot of hair when you see it on the screen again!”