Jessica Wright, star of hit ITV2 show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ has been photographed with a large bald patch on the right-hand side of her head. The 26-year old lingerie store owner has yet to reveal the exact cause of the sudden hair loss, but there are several credible explanations for her predicament based on recent circumstances in her highly publicised public and private life.
Hair extensions harming hair health
As with many other TOWIE cast members, Jessica is well known for wearing hair extensions on a near-permanent basis. Although great for providing volume and body to the wearer’s hair, extended use of extensions can damage the wearer’s own hair causing it to fall out in patches similar to those in the photographs of Miss Wright.
Extensions place the wearer’s own hair under great tension caused by the way that they are fitted. Over this time, the strain causes the wearer’s hair follicles to stretch and become misshapen, pulling the hair out. Unfortunately the damage to the follicle can result in permanent hair loss through a condition known as Traction Alopecia.
Stress-related hair loss
Women experiencing excessive hair loss may also be subject to a condition known as Telogen Effluvium which stems from their hair follicles entering a resting phase (known as Telogen) prematurely and continuing to lie dormant. Hair attached to follicles which are in Telogen falls out and does not grow again until the follicle is reactivated.
Men and women undergoing periods of severe emotional stress may develop Telogen Effluvium, resulting in patchy hair loss like that seen in Jessica Wright. Apart from being under constant media scrutiny, troubles at home may have placed Miss Wright under additional stress. Fortunately hair lost due to Telogen Effluvium tends to grow back of its own accord.
Treating female hair loss
The Belgravia Centre has a long record of providing expert advice to women experiencing hair loss through many different causes. Our online display of customer success stories contains hundreds of comments and photos from people who have lost and then re-grown their hair. The clinic uses medically proven treatments and accompanying hair growth boosters to prevent hair loss and regrow hair.
Whatever the cause of the hair loss, women are able to seek advice from The Belgravia Centre by calling 0800 077 6666 or messaging us at the Centre to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with one of our hair loss experts at our London hair clinic. For women unable to travel we also offer an online diagnostic form, allowing you to create a custom treatment plan which we will then mail anywhere in the world as required.