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Gail Porter Gives Advice About Coping with Hair Loss

Gail Porter Who Suffers From Alopecia Areata Has Learnt to Live with Hair Loss and Still Looks Beautiful.TV presenter and Alopecia Areata sufferer Gail Porter has recently talked about her experience of life without hair after hearing about Moira Cameron, the Beefeater who went bald after being bullied by work colleagues. Porter, 38, told The Sun that she was diagnosed five years ago while she was going through her divorce. At the time Porter was working in the USA and noticed bald patches on her head. “I’d wake up with mouthfuls of it because so much would fall out overnight and the bathroom plughole would be blocked,” explains Porter.

Hair loss is a difficult thing to face but the sudden shedding that is often involved with Alopecia Areata can be particularly distressing. Porter said she became tearful and cried all the way back from America. She was most concerned about frightening her daughter, Honey, who was 2 at the time. Infact, little Honey thought her mummy’s bald head was cool.

Porter says she chose not to wear a wig because she found them uncomfortable. Life is still not easy for Porter who says lots of kids point at her and people stare. She says some people mistakenly think she has cancer. “Sometimes I held my head up high and other times I just didn’t want to go out. But the support of my friends and family helped build my confidence.  The letters and emails of support from other alopecia sufferers were also amazing.” Porter says Moira Cameron should get in touch with alopecia support groups as “it has helped me enormously” and says the best advice is “to get on with your life and think positively”.

After Losing All Her Hair to Alopecia Areata in 2004, Gail Porter's Eyebrows and Eyelashes Have Regrown as Have Patches of Her Scalp Hair.Alopecia Areata is caused by an auto-immune disorder and causes bald patches. Sometimes this progresses to Alopecia Totalis (total loss of scalp hair) or Alopecia Universalis (total loss of scalp and body hair). Porter developed Alopecia Universalis and lost her eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair. “Losing my eyebrows and eyelashes was pretty upsetting – I felt I looked strange, like someone had just rubbed me out,” reveals Porter.

In 2006 Porter made a documentary for the BBC in which she tried a number of treatments including steroids and laser therapy, but she found nothing worked. Porter said some of the treatments even made her feel worse. Porter didn’t say whether or not she tried using Minoxidil, the only hair loss treatment with sufficient evidence to show it is both safe and effective. Even if Porter did try Minoxidil she may have used it in a formula that was not suited to her condition. The Belgravia Centre has found success treating mild or early stage Alopecia Areata with a number of high strength minoxidil formulations available from our clinics. Often this is paired with hair growth boosters as part of a personalised approach carefully customised to fit each client’s needs and suitability. To see the kind of results a tailored treatment course can produce, take a look at Belgravia’s Alopecia Areata Treatment Success Stories.

Gail Porter in the 1990s, Before She Developed Alopecia Areata.With regards to laser therapy, the Belgravia Centre offers the HairMax LaserComb as a hair growth booster to be used alongside proven treatments (such as Minoxidil). It is not recommended for use as a stand alone hair loss treatment.

While knowledge about Alopecia Areata is still relatively minimal, if it is diagnosed early, it can be treated. In some cases, the hair regrows on its own, however there is no way of telling if or when this will happen. Porter’s eyebrows and lashes recently grew back and three months ago patches of hair began to grow on her head. While Porter says she does not know for sure why her hair has started to re-grow, she says she has made changes to her lifestyle and exercises more, relaxes more and feels more grateful for things in her life.

Circ The Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment for Alopecia AreataThe Belgravia Centre

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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11th November, 2009 at 8:54 am


Feel sad about Porter but great that she manages to recover. Some time ago, my sister lost almost all her hair without reason. Doctor suggested a home laser remedy (not sure if it was a Lasermax) and it worked. She's now managed to grow her hair back. Thought laser should be effective in helping hair regrowth.

13th November, 2009 at 2:11 pm


Hi Anna Thanks for your comment. It's not certain which laser therapy Gail Porter tried as there are many different types available. Here at Belgravia, we offer the HAIRMAX LASERCOMB as this is the only lasercomb to have FDA-clearance. This means it has undergone extensive clinical studies and been found to be effective for the treatment of hair loss. Belgravia's team of highly experienced specialists have found the Lasercomb to be most effective when used as part of a TAILORED HAIR LOSS TREATMENT PROGRAMME. Without knowing more details about your sister's condition and treatment, it is difficult to comment. For results that clients have achieved using Belgravia's treatment courses, take a look at the HAIR LOSS SUCCESS STORIES page.

26th November, 2009 at 12:04 pm


I'm 53 and have always been very young and fit for my age and my hair was my crowning glory. A few years ago my dad wasn't properly cared for in hospital which led to his death but each time they told me another problem with my dad, my hair started to fall out. I've got Alopecia Totalis. I've just started now again to put eyelashes on and tatoo eyebrows. I couldn't do like you, and walk around like that, I admire you. You could have top range human hair. I admit wigs are difficult to wear, like wearing a hat on your head all the time. I would never, ever take it off in front of a man. A big thing was women doctors were very unsympathetic to my cause. I think Gail you are an attractive woman and you look great. You have lovely small ears; I've noticed now how big mine are. It's an everyday issue for me and I have to still deal with it but I can be who I want by changing the colour, length etc of my wig. I'm blonde so I stay with blonde. Thought I would leave you this little note. Thanks.

13th December, 2010 at 3:04 pm

kate cooper

hi I have universalis started march coming to the end of my eyebrows now in december but i am covered in white fluff I have total hair loss and the fluff is coming back in the order the hair fell out does anyone know if this is good or nothing to get excited about

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