It's not only men who suffer from hair loss. Women can suffer from hair loss as well and this includes celebrities with millions of followers and fans from around the world.
And so, similar to our earlier blog on male celebrities, Superhairpieces is taking a look at 10 female celebrities experiencing hair loss and how they are dealing with it. If you prefer video format, you can watch the following video:
It says a lot when even one of the five original supermodels in Naomi Campbell can suffer from hair loss, but that was exactly the case with the fashion icon.
As images circulated of the English model on vacation with significant hair loss including bald patches, bald spots and a receding hairline, Campbell would eventually reveal it was due to her excessive use of hair extensions. If not maintained well, hair extensions can certainly cause traction alopecia and Campbell is taking much better care of her hair now which has since grown back.
Keira Knightley is one of the most high-profile cases of a female celebrity suffering from hair loss. Known for her roles in The Pirates of the Carribean, Pride and Prejudice and many others, Knightley revealed in 2016 that she wore wigs as a result of dyeing her hair too much.
“I have dyed my hair virtually every color imaginable for different films. It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head!”
Fortunately for her, she isn’t balding as he takes much better care of her hair now. However, she now only wears wigs for any roles that require a dramatic change in her hairstyle.
Another supermodel featuring on this list is Tyra Banks. The former America’s Next Top Model host and style icon is known for her flawless looks, but the stress of writing her book Modelland led to her having a case of alopecia.
"Honestly, chilling for me was eating a meal. I couldn't just look at the ocean. And in hindsight that wasn't healthy. How can I say this without tearing up? I got a little alopecia from the stress."
This temporary stress-induced hair loss is more commonly known as telogen effluvium and Banks seems to have recovered from it since.
Actress Viola Davis also had to deal with stress-induced alopecia. The 55-year-old shared her story in a 2014 interview with Vulture.
“I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash of bald on the top of my head.”
She went on to reveal that she wore wigs for just about every occasion whether it was going to events, working out or just being around her own house. And while her hair is much shorter now, she no longer feels obligated to wear a wig for every occasion as she is comfortable with her look.
Continuing the theme of actresses, Kristin Davis has also experienced hair loss. Right after filming the final season of “Sex and the City,” Davis started to notice a lot more hair loss.
"My hair just was not what it used to be," she told Women's Wear Daily. "It was very fine, like it had gone away, there just was hardly any hair there. [It] was always very difficult hair, which no one believes when I tell them—it’s always been not quite that easy, but because I had a lot of hair the professionals could help me make it look nice. It’s not like I woke up and I had Charlotte hair."
While she ignored it at first, she eventually decided to do something about it when she realized there was little hair left when she was styling it. That’s when she was referred to Volaire hair-volumizing products. Davis was such a fan of the products that she even became their global brand ambassador.
Selma Blair is one of the few celebrities to be extremely open about her hair loss. After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018, Blair decided to shave her head entirely before undergoing chemotherapy. Part of that was to get ready for the bald look, but also because she could no longer lift her arms to brush her hair anymore.
Most times, hair doesn’t grow back the same way post-chemo and that was the case with the film and TV actress who revealed her hair was now “fine and pale and very sparse.” However, she is embracing it as she no longer plans on growing her hair back to its original length.
Another high-profile celebrity who seemingly dealt with hair loss is singer Christina Aguilera. Although not confirmed by the five-time Grammy award winner herself, reports came out in her early years as a pop star that she was suffering from hair loss, especially with images from the paparazzi showing bald spots on her head.
Most experts speculated it was a case of traction alopecia likely owing to her wearing hair extensions or wearing tight hairstyles such as dreadlocks causing the hair to pull out. It is speculated that she has worn wigs from time to time since but overall, her hair seems to be in great shape today.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith had so much hair that people suspected her of wearing weaves. That was until the actress noticed she was losing handfuls of hair in the shower every day due to alopecia.
She would eventually cut her hair and now sports a short hairstyle whenever she’s not covering it up with a turban. While she has taken steroid injections and it has helped with her hair loss, it hasn’t cured it either. Not that “The Matrix” star hasn’t come to embrace her new look.
“When my hair is wrapped I feel like a queen. I love having a wrapped head,” she said.
American comedian Rosie O’Donnell has never been one to shy away from oversharing aspects of her personal life and that was even more evident in 2016. Posting an image of herself, O’Donnell revealed she was balding and declared it to be a case of male pattern baldness.
“male pattern baldness ... aging is fun,” she wrote.
Although it’s not known if she did anything about it, the 59-year-old dons a shorter hairstyle today but has a decent amount of coverage throughout her scalp.
People can seemingly suffer hair loss as a result of COVID-19 as well. This proved to be the case for American actress Alyssa Milano who recovered from it last year.
In a video post on social media, the former Melrose Place star showed how she was losing huge amounts of hair as a long-term side effect of COVID-19 simply by brushing her hair a few times. Although not an official symptom of COVID-19, a study from the Indiana University School of Medicine showed that 400 out of 1,500 participants being surveyed experienced hair loss after contracting the virus.
As per hairstylist Linh Nguyen, Milano is currently using a minoxidil hair regrowth kit to deal with her hair loss.
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