According to a report in tabloid newspaper The Sun, Lady GaGa has begun using a pharmaceutical hair loss treatment. The report claims that the unconventional pop star is taking action following the damage caused to her hair by years of over-treatment with chemicals, colouring and harsh styling methods.
The newspaper quotes an anonymous source: “Over the years Lady GaGa has put her locks under a lot of stress. She’s poured so much chemical over them that it’s damaged her follicles. She’s hoping by using Rogaine, she can repair some of the harm.”
Rogaine is the US brand name for the hair re-growth medication Minoxidil. We shall explore what it is exactly and how it works in a moment, but let’s first examine the causes for the singer’s hair loss.
What has caused Lady GaGa to lose hair?
Lady GaGa’s hair loss is likely to be largely self-inflicted. Regularly bleaching, colouring or otherwise treating hair with chemicals dries it out and can strip it of essential nutrients. This in turn causes hair to become brittle, dry and prone to breakage. Although hair loss treatments will not help for this type of cosmetic damage to the hair, hair extensions, weaves or braids can cause a condition called Traction Alopecia, which is basically hair loss caused by excessive strain on the hair.
Because they are more likely to style their hair in these damaging ways, young women are especially susceptible to suffering female hair loss due to Traction Alopecia. Performers in the pop industry and show business, where image is everything, are also prone to it for obvious reasons. Naomi Campbell and Katie Price are also thought to have experienced the condition.
Hair loss due to Traction Alopecia is usually patchy and is highly unlikely to lead to the kind of baldness that Lady GaGa simulated (through use of a synthetic bald cap) while performing on the Paul O’ Grady show. In most cases it will grow back given sufficient time and treatment, providing that the processes damaging the hair are reversed soon enough, before the hair follicles die off.
Earlier this year Lady GaGa, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, revealed to People magazine that her hair had started to fall out, commenting that she has to “get a chemical haircut because [my] blonde hair is falling out.”
What is Rogaine?
Rogaine, which Lady Gaga is allegedly using, is a US brand name for Minoxidil. Minoxidil is one of only two pharmaceutical treatments which have been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of Genetic Hair Loss (the other is Propecia, though only for male hair loss).
Minoxidil has also been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of other hair loss conditions, including Traction Alopecia. It is licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK, and approved in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The exact reasons why Minoxidil works are not known for sure, but some believe that it is because the treatment dilates blood vessels in the scalp, increasing the flow of nutrients.
But for it to be truly effective, Minoxidil should be used as part of a wider course of treatment, preferably under the guidance of a qualified hair loss expert. It’s also worth noting that unless Lady GaGa ceases the harsh chemical styling regime she inflicts on her hair, her hair loss problems are likely to continue.
How The Belgravia Centre could help Lady GaGa
At The Belgravia Centre we often use Minoxidil in our treatments for hair loss, but usually as part of a combined course of treatment tailored for the individual. Off-the-shelf forms of minoxidil are only available to women in a 2% solution, but Belgravia’s in-house pharmacy produces stronger, prescription forms of minoxidil that can be prescribed to women following a trichological examination and all-inclusive prescription from Belgravia’s doctor. Belgravia’s experts, and previous client reports show Belgravia’s higher dose, higher quality forms of minoxidil to be more effective for women.
In addition to this we use a range of clinical and complimentary treatments, including laser combs, nutritional supplements and other hair growth boosters that help to increase results, especially for women. But most importantly, we would work with the pop star to identify the primary causes of her hair loss, and agree on a course of action to ensure that not only would her hair re-grow, her loss would not re-occur again at a later date.
If you think you might be suffering from Traction Alopecia, or any other form of hair loss, get in touch with The Belgravia Centre. Contact us for a consultation with no obligation, or fill in our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment programme that we can post anywhere in the world.