Ever wondered why bleaching your hair was the worst thing you ever did to it when Gwen Stefani’s hair always looks so healthy and silky smooth? Or why hair extensions have left you with patchy bald spots while Beyonce continues to flaunt the enviable mane of a lioness? It’s because the women in Hollywood now know better than to subject their hair to that kind of damage and shortly, you will too.
The platinum blonde look, made famous by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and Gwen Stefani, is still one of the hottest looks around but also one of the most damaging styles. Bleaching will always damage the hair as it penetrates the cuticle with chemicals and strips it of its natural pigment. It alters the strength of the hair, makes it susceptible to damage and can lead to dullness, split ends and breakage. If you attempted to emulate the bleach blonde look with disastrous outcomes, you’re not the only one.
In 2003, a source revealed to the Daily Starthat hair dye and extension had left Christina Aguilera with bald patches (traction alopecia) that she ended up covering with wigs.
“Christina’s had to wear wigs for a while because she lost so much hair… Obviously it’s important that she hangs on to her glamorous image,” the source said “No one likes a bald pop star. That long, thick hair – in particular, the black mane she has at the moment – is a wig.”
Let’s set the record straight – famous bald women are ambassadors for all women with hair loss. Almost half of all women will suffer hair loss or thinning and although baldness is rare, it can happen. There are hair loss treatments that can successfully stop excessive hair fall and stimulate re-growth in majority of cases. Hair supplements are also helpful in maintaining the appearance of healthy, lustrous hair, but they alone are unlikely to transform delicate locks like Keira Knightley’s into the abundant tresses she had in The Duchess.
For years wigs have been a hot accessory for women in Hollywood and the source behind much of our yearning for hair that looked half as glamorous as the likes of Beyonce and Gwen Stefani. Their evasion of hair thinning was never down to luck, coincidence or good genes, and you too could have hair like Beyonce’s for £500,000. A friend of the star’s told In Touch magazine that Beyonce has a wig for all occasions and her collection is “part of the reason why she always looks so gorgeous.” (That and her Bootylicious body, unbelievable talent and glowing inner beauty!)
“The majority of them are custom-made from real hair and she’s probably got $1 million worth of stunning wigs,” the source said.
Wigs weren’t always the number one choice for celebs though. Jessica and Ashley Simpson, Victoria Beckham and Britney Spears have all been touted as fans of hair extensions but like most women, they’re now realising the stress they’re putting on their hair and opting instead for wigs as the more effective and safer choice.
Most celebrities wear front-lace wigs. They’re generally more expensive than regular wigs but are much higher quality too. The cap underneath is comprised of thin transparent lace to give the hairline and scalp a more natural look, and real human hair is hand-tied into the lace itself. They’re virtually impossible to detect but if you look close-up look, you may be able to just make out the secret behind your favourite celebs crowning glory. Other fans of the front-lace wig are reported to include Ashanti, Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez and Oprah.
So the secret’s out – you could try every hair-thickening product on the shelf and not come close to the kind of big hair results sported by some celebs. Hair extensions aren’t the answer and constantly revolving hair colour will eventually take their toll. So, if you suffer hair loss as a side effect of this kind of damage and have trouble restoring your locks, get the right hair loss treatments for you and then, maybe consider the latest trend in Hollywood if you want instant and dramatic colour, texture and fullness, while keeping your natural hair in prime condition.