According to some reports, celebrity and star of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian-West is experiencing hair loss brought on by high levels of stress.
A history of hair loss?
Leonora Doclis, trichologist at The Belgravia Centre, said at the time:
“This type of patch can be a consequence of regrowing hair after a bout of hair loss owed to a hectic lifestyle”, adding that this type of hair loss “can be experienced after child birth, illness or, as I expect in Kim’s case, after acute or prolonged exposure to stress”.
Kardashian-West, who is now also a hair growth vitamin spokeswoman, has also previously experienced patchy hair loss seemingly caused by an over-reliance on hair extensions. This recently prompted her to declare to her 20 million instagram fans that she is now ‘#extension-free’.
Damage caused by too-tight and/or weighty hairstyles like hair extensions, braids or hair pieces can cause a condition called Traction Alopecia in which the hair follicles are placed under too much pressure and hair loss occurs. It is believed that, in the past, Kim has suffered from this, as well as post-partum hair loss following the birth of her daughter, North. Ironically, just as Kim decides to ditch them, her younger sister, Kylie Jenner is launching her own range of hair extensions.
Can stress cause hair loss?
One of the physical symptoms of stress, in both men and women, can be hair loss. Kim has recently experienced several potential stressors – including rapid weight loss, organising her lavish wedding celebrations, overseeing the development of her new home and the pressures of being in the public eye – which may be behind her shedding.
Media reports suggest Kim believes her hair fall is down to the pressure of balancing her career with family life and new husband, Kanye West, with friends quoted as saying:
‘Kim’s so stressed, her hair is falling out.’
This suggests the stress-related hair loss condition, Telogen Effluvium, is most likely responsible. When under stress, the body releases a large amount of adrenaline, which causes the hair follicles to prematurely rest and stop growing. The resting phase lasts three months, in which time there is no new hair growth. Uneven hair growth and eventually bare patches are generally the result.
Treatment for stress-related hair loss
Telogen Effluvium is often a temporary hair loss condition and many people find their hair starts to grow back naturally, around three months after the shedding ends, as long as the underlying cause is also dealt with. However, some cases can carry on for six months or more and this then becomes Chronic Telogen Effluvium, also known as Diffuse Hair Loss.
In both cases it can be helpful to visit a hair loss specialist to get a professional diagnosis of your hair loss condition. They will also be able to provide you with expert advice on what can be done to treat your thinning hair as well as to promote regrowth and strong, healthy hair.
The 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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