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X Factor Star Wagner on Why He’s Living Proof That Hair Transplants Work!

You might not be too familiar with the name Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho, but there’s a very good chance you’ll have heard of ‘Wagner from X Factor.’ The 66-year-old Brazilian appeared on the talent show in 2010 and made a huge impression on the viewing public. He didn’t win the competition, but the long-haired singer made it through to the quarter-finals.

While his shoulder-length hair and neat moustache made Wagner instantly identifiable, his legion of fans couldn’t help but notice that his tresses looked very thin in places. Rather than cut his hair short to disguise the fact he was going bald, Wagner chose to have a hair transplant with Vinci Hair Clinic. Read on to discover how it transformed his life!

The Spotlight of Fame

The attention that Wagner received following his success on The X Factor meant that his photograph was constantly appearing online and across the media. Continually seeing his own image popping up in newspapers and magazines made it impossible for him to ignore the fact that he was losing his hair. In his own words, “I had a bit of hair here, gaps everywhere and a huge hole at the back of my head.”

It was in 2013 that he decided to call on Vinci Hair Clinic. He was fortunate he didn’t delay the decision any longer. When he came to Vinci, he was already at stage five on the Norwood Hamilton Scale, meaning he had lost most of the hair from his upper scalp. Further hair loss usually follows quite rapidly from this stage until it reaches the point where hair restoration is impossible. Wagner took action at just the right time.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Following his consultation, Wagner decided to have an FUE hair transplant. This is the process that involves the transfer of hair follicles from the back and sides of the head (the donor areas) to the balding areas of the scalp. It’s a technique that causes less scarring than other processes and is one favoured by many celebrities; Hollywood stars such as Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Costner and Jude Law have all chosen to go down the FUE route. Wagner’s initial surgery focused on his hairline, but he returned to Vinci a few months later for further work to restore the hair on his crown.

“One of the best things I have ever done”

Reflecting on his decision to go for a hair transplant, Wagner has no regrets. Indeed, he describes it in the following terms: “One of the best things I have ever done in my life was having the hair transplant at the Vinci Hair Clinic in London.” The surgery had an immediate impact in that it improved his appearance and his self-confidence, vital attributes when one is making a living in the public eye. Wagner has also been impressed by how his hair transplant has stood the test of time. Several years after he had his work done, his hair still looks great. As he told The Mirror, “I’m living proof that hair transplants work. I had mine eight years ago and I haven’t lost anything. I lose more from the beard than my head.”

Business Opportunity

The hair transplant has also changed the singer’s life in other ways. During his short time at Vinci Hair Clinic, he became friends with Vinci’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, Salvar Björnsson. The friendship continued in the years after and has recently presented Wagner with a business opportunity; the singer is now planning to return to the area of Brazil where he spent his early years to run a Vinci Hair franchise.

He has already been back to Brazil to prepare for the opening of the clinic. For Wagner, the decision to relocate was an easy one, as he explains: “So you’re asking me to go back to paradise, palm trees, twelve months of sea, to go and make money? I’m going to be making so much money I’ll be coming back to the UK. I’m only a flight away.”

For Wagner, however, the money is less important than the knowledge that this new business venture will provide security in the future for his wife Lydia and their two children. That thought, above all else, makes him content.


There is little doubt that Wagner’s Vinci Hair Clinic transplant has not only changed his own life but also filled him with enthusiasm for the benefits that hair restoration brings. His fans will no doubt wish him well and watch for news of his new venture with interest.

If reading Wagner’s story makes you wonder if a hair transplant would work for you, then stop wondering and find out! Vinci Hair Clinic provides a free, no-obligation consultation to all our new clients. That means you can get answers to all your questions without committing to anything. Get in touch with us and book your appointment today!