Anna Kendrick, one of the young stars of the Twilight movies, has revealed that pressure of stardom caused her hair to fall out. Appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, Kendrick revealed that the public pressure of her success manifested in patchy hair loss.
After being nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role in the film ‘Up In The Air’, Kendrick said the attention had a negative effect on her health. Speaking of her experiences, Anna said, “It was a lot of fun but it was so stressful and I was so terrified, which was weird. I felt like, ungrateful or something. I felt like I shouldn’t be this stressed out. I felt like I was always gonna break out in hives.”
“I managed to suppress that… but journalists would always be saying, ‘Aren’t you having the best time? Isn’t this the best time of your life?’ And logically I knew that it was, but my body was telling me that things were getting crazy and I was, like, losing my hair.”
Stress-related hair loss is not so unusual
Anna’s hair loss experience is not so unusual for women who find themselves under increased pressure or severe emotional stress. In these cases, stress upsets the body’s natural rhythms, causing hair follicles to enter a resting state prematurely. The attached hair then falls out, leading to the development of bald patches. This condition is known as Telogen Effluvium.
In women, common causes of Telogen Effluvium include child birth, diet drugs, birth control pills and severe emotional stress. What is unusual about the condition is that the hair loss typically begins three months after the triggering episode, catching the person involved by surprise.
Good news for Anna and others
The good news is that hair lost as a result of Telogen Effluvium tends to regrow naturally of its own accord – as was the case in Anna Kendrick’s situation. The growth often begins soon after the initial hair loss, although it will take time for a consistent length to be achieved across the whole scalp.
In the event that the hair regrowth is delayed, or the thinning continues, The Belgravia Centre may be able to assist with one of their custom hair loss treatment plans. Following consultation with one of our hair loss experts, clients may be prescribed a course of medication, the use of one of our Hair Growth Boosters, a lifestyle change or even a combination of all three. Each treatment plan is unique to the specific needs of the client and specifically designed to promote hair regrowth.
To find out more about treating Telogen Effluvium or any other hair loss condition, contact us online or give us a call today on 0800 077 6666 to arrange a free appointment with one of our experts. Or, if you can’t make it to London to visit our clinic but still want our advice, complete our online diagnostic form for a remote diagnosis and home use treatment programme.