Every day men and women shed, on average, around 100 hairs per day as a normal part of the hair growth cycle. Sometimes, when this becomes disrupted – generally due to factors such as intense stress, nutritional or health issues – the amount of shedding can as much as triple.
Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd, who plays David Platt, recently revealed that he had gone through this precise experience following a tough break-up, which caused hair loss that was spotted by a viewer.
Stress-induced hair loss
A Twitter user tagged the long-standing cast member in a since-deleted message, saying “Wtf has david platt done to his hair? Looks like roadkill stuck to his head…” after watching an August 2018 episode of the popular ITV soap.
Shepherd responded: “Hi, my hair has started to fall out because I went through a break up with my girlfriend of 15 years last year. And was very stressed.”
The episode in question is likely to have been filmed in June and his scenes were part of an unfolding storyline charting the aftermath of David Platt’s rape – something that is likely to be a tough, emotional subject for any actor to immerse themselves in.
Emotional stress – as well as physical stress – can result in hair loss from all over the scalp due to a condition called Telogen Effluvium being sparked. Though more commonly seen in women, it certainly affects men too.
Diffuse hairloss tends to present up to three months after it is triggered and will usually clear up naturally of its own accord within six months. Although it may not sound serious – and it certainly painless with no harmful effects to health – the dramatic shedding can cause significantly thinning hair which people may find upsetting. This can be especially true should this temporary hair loss condition become chronic.
In cases of Chronic Telogen Effluvium the hairloss presents in the same way, though may be more intense and also lasts for more than six months. This can happen when, for example, the underlying cause is on-going – such as stress – or where it is undiagnosed – for instance, where an illness or nutritional deficiency.
Telogen Effluvium treatment is available to help accelerate the recovery process in both cases. Specialists tend to recommend an holistic approach whereby the cause of the shedding is identified and managed in addition to using appropriate treatments and any suitable hair growth supporting products.
Consult a hair specialist
Judging solely on photos of Jack P Shepherd, there may be more than the one, stress-related hair loss condition at play. It is common for these forms of temporary shedding to present alongside permanent genetic hair loss conditions, such as Male Pattern Baldness.
As the 30 year old’s hair thinning appears to be concentrated along the top of his scalp – rather than a general thinning and overall drop in volume – it is likely he either had an existing case of this hereditary condition, or that he had a dormant genetic predisposition which became active. Male Pattern Baldness only affects the vertex – the area from the frontal hairline and temporal regions to the crown – and can be triggered or made worse in those predisposed to it, by stress.
Anyone concerned about excessive hair fall or sudden shedding should speak to a hair loss specialist in order to obtain a professional diagnosis of their condition(s). In addition to providing advice, information and recommendations, a customised hair loss treatment course can also be tailored based on the individual’s specific situation.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.