Celebrities With Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Alopecia is a kind of disorder that is fully unavoidable, unpredictable and not very selective and in its’ severe cases really unpleasant. Celebrities also suffer from this unique disorder. I do not intend to scare you but there’s not a guarantee for anyone from us. Actually, that’s the best that could happen to us in terms of disorders. Some of the celebrities there just decided to live with it and not really trying to fight it and some use the modern ways to cover it choosing the way they feel best. As I was going around and looking for information, doing research on the topic I noticed that the number of famous people, touched by hair loss is huge. I will focus just on the most popular.

Keira Knightley

Born and raised in England, Keira made a successful career in the film industry. She was starring in movies such as Lara Antipova in the 2002 miniseries Doctor Zhivago, f Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, she was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice. For the last 5 years, she started wearing wigs as due to constant hair colour changes her hair started falling out. She spoke about this in an interview with InStyle. ‘It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head,’ she said in an interview with InStyle. ‘So for the past five years, I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.’ Giving birth to her daughter Edie was life-changing as she got her hair back: ‘I have naturally crazy, curly hair and since I’ve had the baby, it’s become ten times thicker. So now I’ve been finding quite a lot of dreadlocks’, she says. I really hope this was just a short episode and she would be able to forget about.

Jemima Goldsmith


The ex-wife of the prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan (she is also known with her long relationship with Hugh Grant)explains how she lost her hair due to a plane crash on n a flight from London Gatwick to Nairobi when a student attacked the pilot. The plane fell 10,000 feet during fighting the suffering from depression and paranoia students who felt always in a danger. Regardless of the happy end though Jemima lost two patches of hair on both sides on her head.” The hair grew back white in those patches. And I’ve had to dye it ever since,” she said in an interview with Vogue. Her case is really an example of sudden stress caused by alopecia.



Viola Davis

Born in a really poor family she found a way to escape this painful reality through her film career. s. Viola has starred in many movies, including “Eat, Pray, Love”, and the “Help”, for which she won the Oscar for best actress. Her best-known role is Annalise Keating in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”.Her alopecia areata revealed at the age of 28 while she was playing in Hollywood. It was shocking as her job apparently involves appearance show off: “I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. A big splash of bald on the top of my head,” she said in an interview with Vulture. “I was like, ‘What is this?’ Until I found out it was stress-related. That’s how I internalised it. I don’t do that anymore. My favourite saying in the world is, ‘The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.’ I am telling you, I have spent so much of my life not feeling comfortable in my skin. I am just so not there anymore.”

She gets customised to wear wigs even when she was swimming as she used to think that her look scares once she decided to release that feeling and open herself up and show it. At the Oscars 2012, she decided to show her natural hairstyle and forget about this self-limited belief.

Jack Nicholson

His hair is a typical example of  Androgenic Alopecia. It is absolutely unavoidable and started at his early youth. This did not put him down or made fell low. He actually made a huge success in the movie industry and there’s no person on the planet that doesn’t know hem. Nicholson’s twelve Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy’s history.“When my self-confidence was at its feeblest, in my twenties, I found great consolation in the example of Jack Nicholson. After all, I reasoned, Jack’s receding hairline, which he made no attempt to conceal, didn’t cause him any problems. In general, of course, Hollywood presents a grossly distorted picture: virtually all leading men are blessed with absurdly luxuriant thatches; bald blokes are an oddity. It’s the other way round in reality. But, bombarded with these idealized images of youth and virility, no wonder men are beating a path to the transplant clinics” says the in the British Telegraph the journalist Andrew M Brown. Jack Nicholson became and will remain a role model for many generations to come.

I guess everyone should liberate themselves from what people think and be themselves as what they think is their business, not ours. Admirations for brave hearts!

Sean Connery 

“Sexiest Man Alive” at the age of 59 nominated by People’s Magazine started wearing a toupee by the age of 17. He used to play James Bond with the toupee. By the time he became celebrity baldness was shameful and not really understood. He is just another case of Androgenic Alopecia. Agent 007 had to pretend to have natural hair and is not affected by a disorder occurring to 80% of the men worldwide. Apparently being bald or shaved-headed is something really trendy nowadays. Even men without this problem started shaving their hair to look more manly.

Mickey Rourke

Just before his new venture as agent 007 in Skyfall Daniel Craig has been warned that he might lose the role due to receding hairline. Dr. Asim Shahmalak (a hair transplant surgeon)recommended that Craig undergo a surgery where hair from the back part of his head is been transplanted to the top of the head. For the “Sun” he comments:  ‘It’s obviously a very physical role, and Craig bulks up considerably to play Bond. ‘Its possible dramatic changes in diet, exercise, and his body’s muscle mass will have a knock-on effect on his testosterone levels, and thus his hair.


So the list goes on and on … There’s still a sense of shame of opening up and looking completely natural amongst the stars but that is normal as they work in public and in the most judgemental industry — the movies — but since most of them do no reveal it I will just add also on the list: Charlie Sheen,  Ben Affleck (the initiator of wearing a toupee by a male in the industry), Chuck Norris, John Travolta, Jon Cryer, Jason Alexander, Kevin James, Jay Leno, Nicolas Cage, Tyra Banks ( a typical example of wearing extensions for too long and getting Traction Alopecia), Kristin Davis, Selma Blair, Neve Campbell, Naomi Campbell, Jesy Nelson, Kayla Istne. Matt Lucas, Lary King, Danny Devito, and many others.

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