Former Miss Wales and Big Brother star Imogen Thomas has told Closer magazine that she is obsessed with her looks, not least because she experienced women’s hair loss when she was in her teens. Thomas went on to confide that despite the thick and healthy appearance of her hair, she still has stress-related Alopecia.
Thomas also claims that she has ‘never really been happy’ with her body and that she is ‘in binge-diet hell’. Given her high-profile lifestyle and eating habits, could Imogen be inadvertently setting herself up for further hair loss?
what caused Imogen’s hair loss?
Telogen Effluvium is a condition that has been shown conclusively to relate directly to periods of extreme emotional stress.
Worries about weight loss, appearance, performance on Celebrity Big Brother and a notorious super-injunction regarding her alleged affair with Ryan Giggs would all have created periods of extreme emotional distress. Shortly after enduring these phases Imogen could easily have expected to experience varying amounts of thinning hair.
Telogen Effluvium causes hair follicles to ‘shut down’ entering a resting phase whereby all growth in the affected areas stops entirely. After a period of time, up to three months, the attached hair falls out resulting in bald patches and thinned hair. Although unusual, the stressor or period of emotional turmoil may have long since passed by the time the hair is lost.
Longer term stress can cause an ongoing condition similar to Telogen Effluvium, called Diffuse Thinning. Diffuse thinning is not always a temporary condition and will last for as long as the factor triggering the hair loss continues. Causes include, stress, medications or illness.
Preventing Stress-Related Hairloss
Imogen Thomas has already noted that her hair loss seems to coincide with periods of extreme stress; therefore avoiding such situations will go some way to help maintaining her hair health. Her new diet regime could help to reduce the weight on her hips which she claims is causing her worry, but at the same time instigate a fresh round of hair loss.
Healthy hair is dependent on a constant supply of vitamins and minerals to the follicles and scalp, without which hair can become brittle, dull and lifeless. A healthy diet containing the full recommended daily intake of calories, vitamins and minerals is essential at all times, whether a man or woman is seeking to lose weight or not.
Hair loss experts have also identified certain diet drugs that can trigger episodes of Telogen Effluvium, suggesting that a simple, calorie-controlled diet may be preferable for losing weight without losing hair.
Treating Hair Loss Caused by Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Thinning
People experiencing hair loss issues caused by Telogen Effluvium will often find that their hair grows back unaided. for Diffuse Thinning, solving the underlying problem is essential in order to cure the hair loss, although there are various treatments available from The Belgravia Centre that can help to clear up the problem and regrow varying amounts of hair.
Whenever a person experiences hair loss, we would recommend that they seek expert advice immediately, regardless of whether they have had a similar problem before or not. A hair loss expert will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and create a personalised treatment plan to encourage hair regrowth.
We strongly suggest that Imogen Thomas avoids stressful situations in future to prevent future episodes of hair loss – but welcome her or any other woman affected by thinning or baldness to contact us for further advice and treatment.