Word is spreading of Big Brother contestant Sophie’s hair loss. Pictures of the housemate clearly show bald patches. Glamour model Sophie came into the house showing off long blonde hair extensions, but after just over four weeks they have started to fall out, revealing Sophie’s naturally thin hair which looks very brittle and sparse. It seems as if some of Sophie’s real hair has come out with the extensions.
Sophie’s hair trauma came to light when Lisa found a hair extension resting on her foot and then Sophie sat in a chair in the living room with everyone gathering around to inspect the damage. House mate Nourin remarked, ‘You’re pulling out your hair extensions and the hair’s coming with it! You’re gonna go bald. You’re balding.’ Lisa added, ‘Your scalp’s terrible’.
For the surgically enhanced and image-obsessed Sophie, this could be a real blow to her confidence. Sophie has already told her fellow housemates that her extensions are her security blanket. However over-styling and wearing hair extensions can cause more damage than many women realise, often resulting in thinning hair and even hair loss. Aware of this Charlie warned her housemates, ‘Don’t backcomb it any more, because you’re damaging it.’
Some support for Sophie did come from Siavash who gave her a boost by saying, ‘People, give her a break’, but then he rubbed salt in the wound with the words, ‘There’s nothing she can do now’. However, Siavash is mistaken; there is something Sophie can do to help restore her locks to their former glory – once her condition is more fully understood.
It is possible that Sophie suffers from traction alopecia which is hair loss caused by the pulling of the hair, often by hair extensions. However the fact that she is wearing hair extensions in the first place might indicate that Sophie suffers from female pattern hair loss, a genetic condition that is the most common form of women’s hair loss. Other possible causes of Sophie’s hair loss include conditions such as telogen effluvium, hair loss brought on by a sudden event that causes the follicles to move from the active growth phase to the resting phase or diffuse hair loss, female hair loss that is a result of internal factors other than genetics. Whatever the cause of Sophie’s hair loss, here at the Belgravia Centre we assess each client’s needs individually and can offer a range of ways of treating different types of hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning and would like to learn more about available hair loss treatments, please feel free to email us or call us at the clinic on 0207 730 6666 where we can arrange for a free initial consultation with one of our hair care specialists. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you shortly.