Loading… Ryan Giggs underwent hair transplant after the “stress” of playing for Man United made him lose his locks. The Red Devils legend, 46, told how playing top-flight football for 24 years left him going bald. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Amazing Ceilings From All Around The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body “You are under the spotlight and if you have a bad game you’re aware of the criticism. “Then it becomes a little bit more stressful. And stress is related to hair loss.” Dad-of-two Ryan first started using lasers, lotions and special shampoos to encourage hair growth after visiting a hair clinic in 2009. Following seven years of treatments, he felt the hairs on his head needed “a bit of a push” so he visited the MHR Clinic in Knutsford, Cheshire, and booked in for a procedure. One of the firm’s first customers, he was so impressed with the results he went on to buy a share in the company. He booked in for a follicle procedure which was done in December 2017. He said of his transplant: “It was straightforward and lasted more or less half a day. You can have a rest during it, if you want. “They numb the areas where you’re going to feel it but you can’t really feel anything. “The recovery period doesn’t take long. You’ve got, not scarring, but a few cuts in the back of your head. “There’s a bit of blood on your pillow for a couple of days and then that goes. That’s it. You go back to the consultant. They take a picture of the area the work was done every month and then you can see real progress. “At three or four months I was thinking, ‘Is that going to be it?’ but Craig, who I’ve known for a long time and trust, told me ‘No there’ll be more, even up to a year’. “It’s a little after a year when you see the final results.” Read Also: Frenedes’ £68m fee holding up Man United switch Ryan kept the operation under wraps and did not tell his team-mates. He said: “Back then people were judging you more than now. “I kept a low profile, staying in the house, wearing a cap if I went out. I told friends and family and their reactions were better than I expected. No-one took the Mick or had a joke. They were more inquisitive about what I’d had to do and when I’d get the final results “This is the first time my team-mates will be hearing about it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 And it was old school pals who alerted him to his thinning top — after he celebrated scoring twice against arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield. Wales boss Ryan explained how he first cut off his long curls to disguise his hair loss. He feared playing when it rained because above-pitch TV cameras would highlight the fact he was going thin on top. Speaking of the match in 2003, Ryan, then 29, said: “We’d won and I was buzzing. “I walked into the pub later and was expecting to hear ‘Well done’ from my mates and all I got was ‘Flippin’ heck, your barnet’s going’. “It was a bit of a shock. It was like, ‘cheers lads’. It was one of those.” Ryan, who played 963 times for United, said the comments made him begin to worry about losing his hair. Ryan, who played 963 times for United, said the comments by pals watching him play made him begin to worry about losing his hair He recalled the moment to staff at MHR Clinic in Knutsford, Cheshire, the hair transplant company he part-owns with former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and hair restoration expert Craig Henton. He said: “I got a little bit paranoid, especially when I was going to be playing on TV or it was going to rain. “I was almost 30 then. At the end of my teens and in my early 20s I had really thick hair, long hair, curls. “That’s why I started to cut it a bit shorter. I felt the shorter it was, the thicker it looked. It had a big bearing, over the years, on my hair getting shorter and shorter.” Ryan reckons the pressure of top-level football, coupled with Sir Alex Ferguson’s “hairdryer treatment” when the team played under-par, may have accelerated his hair loss. He explained: “Football is stressful. You put yourself under pressure. You’re aware of the consequences if you lose a game or don’t play well.