Some time ago, news emerged that Tom Cruise was using a Minoxidil-based product to stave off hair loss. In light of recent news regarding his marriage, this proactive course of action could prove doubly wise.
News of marriage break-ups are never good because each person involved suffers emotionally and sometimes physically. Surprising to many people is the effect divorce-related stress can have on the hairline.
Stress-related hair loss
Severe emotional stress is a recognized cause of a hair loss condition known as Telogen Effluvium. Normally, hair undergoes a growth-rest cycle which sees up to 10% of a person’s hair “resting” at any given time – at which point it typically falls out. Telogen Effluvium, however, sees that growth cycle affected so that hair follicles enter the resting phase prematurely and then do not resume the normal growth. As more hair follicles are affected, people with the condition notice the appearance of bald patches of varying sizes.
The most shocking aspect of Telogen Effluvium, however, is that the hair loss often does not start until three months after the stressful event which triggers the event has passed. As a result, Tom Cruise could still be susceptible to stress-related hair loss three months after his divorce from Katie Holmes is completed.
Stress and Male Pattern Baldness
Telogen Effluvium is a relatively uncommon hair loss condition for men and it is therefore unlikely that Cruise will lose any hair as a result of it. The fact that Cruise believes he has an existing hair loss condition suggests that stress will instead exacerbate an existing condition – the most common of which is male pattern balding.
Having celebrated his 50th birthday in July, there is a 50-50 chance that he will have experienced some form of hair loss to date. Tom’s alleged use of hair loss medications suggests that he has not completely escaped hair loss and that the stress of his upcoming divorce could increase this shedding of hair.
How and why stress affects existing cases of pattern baldness remains unclear, but there is significant anecdotal evidence to suggest that men and women who have stressful occupations or who are placed under emotional pressure lose more hair. Cruise should therefore be prepared to re-evaluate his hair loss management regime.
More than medication
Cruise’s use of Minoxidil is a great start to preventing further hair loss, but should this cease to be sufficient, there are other options open to him. Here at The Belgravia Centre every patient is given their own treatment plan created to meet their specific needs. This could involve the use of custom, extra-strength liquid or cream minoxidil formulations, which are combined with Azelaic Acid, Caffeine or Medroxyprogesterone for maximum hair regrowth potential, or the other medically licensed hair loss product, Propecia.
However medication remains one of a number of tools used by The Belgravia Centre. The FDA-cleared Laser Comb can be used to stimulate a patient’s scalp and increase blood flow and the Hair Vitalics dietary supplement ensures all the required nutrients are availble for delivery. Our hair loss success-stories are proof of the exceptional levels of hair growth that so many patients experience.
Belgravia’s Hair Loss Success Stories are a visual reference for anybody curious about the level of regrowth that can be achieved from a Belgravia treatment course. They feature comments written by patients in our comments book or on our Facebook Timeline, and their ‘before and during treatment’ photo-scans.
If you are experiencing stress-related hair loss and require further advice, why not call 0800 077 6666 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with one of our hair loss experts? If you can’t make it into the clinic, we can still help – all you need to do is complete our online diagnostic form, which enables us to send you a home use treatment programme in the post.