One of the UK’s best-known female WWE wrestlers has revealed how the stress she endured following a sex tape leak and an enforced absence from the limelight led to her experiencing hair loss.
Twenty-five-year-old Paige, a two-time Divas Champion and a mainstay of the professional WWE circuit, is the daughter of two pro-wrestlers and grew up in Norfolk, but her glittering career was temporarily derailed when her sport’s governing body said she had failed a drugs test. Paige, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, disputed the allegations, claiming she had used prescription drugs to help with a neck injury.
During her time on the sidelines, a sex tape featuring her found its way online and the wrestler said she hit rock bottom.
Scarred by incident
Talking about her life in a podcast interview with former WWE host Lilian Garcia, Paige said: “That scarred me, just people invading my privacy, to the point where sometimes I don’t want to go out. People are just looking at me bad. I was out yesterday with my friend. We were just sitting there having a Bloody Mary. This guy comes up to my friend and says, ‘That’s the p*rn star’.”
Paige added that she sank so low in 2017 that she contemplated suicide. “I got so skinny I ended up collapsing with exhaustion in hospital in England,” she said. “They told me at the time it was like stress-induced anorexia. I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping, I lost all my hair.”
She added: “I have clip-ins right now but I literally had no hair because my hair fell out, because I was so stressed.”
There are several possibilities as to why Paige lost her hair during her stressful year and unfortunately adding clip-in hair extensions to disguise any bald patches is not a recommended solution. This is because a condition named traction alopecia – which is caused when hair extensions and certain ‘tight’ hairstyles like braids place extreme stress on the roots of the hair – can make things worse.
One cause of sudden hair loss is the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata. This has several suspected triggers, including sudden shock, trauma and extreme stress – something Paige’s description of her annus horribilis certainly fits with. Alopecia areata is normally seen as sudden patchy hair loss where rounded bald patches around the size of a coin appear on the scalp. When it presents like this, then treatment for alopecia areata can be successful, as can be seen in Belgravia’s alopecia areata success stories gallery.
The alopecia areata treatment provided via Belgravia’s specialists and pharmacies is for the scalp-only patchy hair loss version and involves recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil being applied directly to the affected areas to help encourage regrowth through opening the potassium channels. This drug is usually paired with further appropriate hair growth boosters tailored to the individual’s requirements and medical suitability.
Stress a common cause
The second possible cause of Paige’s hair loss is a thinning condition called telogen effluvium. As with alopecia areata, telogen effluvium has multiple triggers and stress is regularly mentioned as a likely cause. While it is normally a temporary concern, when it lingers – as would appear to be the case with Paige – then it is reclassified as chronic telogen effluvium, which is also known as diffuse thinning or diffuse hair loss.
Diffuse hair loss treatment is based around a comprehensive programme involving minoxidil to combat thinning hair and promote regrowth. Importantly, though, the underlying cause of the shedding will need to be professionally diagnosed so that this can also be treated. This may involve dietary investigations or blood tests to determine any underlying illnesses, dietary imbalances or hormonal problems. Whilst Belgravia’s hairloss specialists cannot carry out blood tests, they can certainly diagnose the initial cause of shedding and recommend how to proceed with getting any further tests carried out by your GP.
Anyone who suddenly notices a marked increase in hair fall is always advised to seek out professional help in order to get a confirmed diagnosis from which to determine the best course of action. This is especially true given it is possible to have multiple hair loss conditions simultaneously – however, it is also possible to use custom courses designed to treat various conditions at once.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.