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Actress Gabrielle Union ‘Practically Went Bald’ for Film Role

Actress Gabrielle Union has revealed she suffered from hair loss after filming new comedy film, ‘Top Five’ with Chris Rock last year.

Naturally Dark Haired Gabrielle Union Has Ditched The Bleach That Caused Her Hair Loss - The Belgravia Centre BlogFrom dark to blonde

Instead of wearing a wig, dark-haired Gabrielle dyed her hair blonde for the role, in which she plays a reality TV star engaged to Chris Rock’s character. She now claims that the bleach used to transform her into a blonde caused her to suffer extensive hair loss.

“I have dark hair, and the process to get it blonde made my hair fall out,” recalled Gabrielle, “some people gain weight for a role, I practically went bald for a role. I lost so much hair!”

During an interview Gabrielle said her husband, Miami Heat NBA star, Dwyane Wade, loved her blonde look – but he was less keen on her hair loss. He “loved the blond and thought I looked sexy”, she commented, “but once I went bald, he was like, ‘I’m ready for you to go back!’”

Gabrielle has now returned to her natural hair colour, and healthy hair growth has resumed. Although she has admitted on Twitter to using weaves, which can also cause hair loss in the form of Traction Alopecia.

Can bleach cause hair loss?

Gabrielle Union Suffers Hair Loss From Over-Bleaching - Goes Practically Bald For Role in Chris Rock Film Top Five - Belgravia Centre Blog

Gabrielle Union with co-star Chris Rock on the set of ‘Top Five’, sporting the bleached hairstyle that caused her hair to fall out

Although there is a myth that dyeing your hair can cause hair loss, the dye itself is unlikely to bring on a hair loss condition.

However, extensive colouring or bleaching can damage and weaken the hair to the extent that it snaps off – an effect Lady Gaga nicknamed the ‘chemical haircut’ after her experiences with over-bleaching. This type of shedding is basically a form of styling damage as it does not damage the hair follicle, so does not affect future hair growth.

Dr. Elena Koleva, dermatologist at The Belgravia Centre, confirmed that “there is a chance that too much colouring can cause weakening or breakage of the hair shaft, but not hair loss from the root, unless of course the bleach damages the skin so extensively it causes scarring alopecia, which is very uncommon.”

As Gabrielle experienced, once the cause of hair damage is removed – in this case bleach – the hair normally grows back.

What does cause hair loss in women?

Hair loss in women is often the result of medical issues or genetics, although external factors such as stress can play a part. Whilst there are many different types of hair loss conditions that can affect women, many can be successfully treated. If you are concerned about hair loss, visit a specialist for professional advice at your earliest opportunity. They will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend the most effective, personalised hair loss treatment plan to help stabilise shedding and regrow your hair.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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