American actress Anna Kendrick shot to stardom as Jessica Stanley in hit film franchise Twilight in 2008, shortly before receiving a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Up in the Air.
However, despite being put forward for such a coveted award, the 27-year-old starlet recently revealed that the pressure it put her under had a negative effect on her health.
Appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, the actress opened up about the attention surrounding her all of a sudden, admitting that it manifested in hair loss.
"It was a lot of fun but it was so stressful and I was so terrified, which was weird," she said.
"I managed to suppress that… but journalists would always be saying, 'Aren't you having the best time? Isn't this the best time of your life?'
"And logically I knew that it was, but my body was telling me that things were getting crazy and I was, like, losing my hair."
Hearing a star – both young and beautiful – be so candid about the problem many women suffer from is refreshing. It is actually quite common for those under increased pressure or severe emotional stress to lose hair.
The scalp tightens, restricting flood flow and effectively cutting off nutrients to the hair root. The follicles then enter a resting state prematurely, causing hair to fall out.
Other causes include child birth, diet, drugs and birth control pills. Not to mention extensions – particularly when losing glue, you are often left with gaps.
The good news for those suffering from stress-induced hair loss is that the hair tends to regrow naturally of its own accord – as was the case with Anna.
But in the event that hair regrowth is delayed, or thinning continues, there are products and procedures available to help stimulate growth or create the illusion of thicker hair.
3D hair simulation is a semi-permanent make-up option by Tracie Giles that replaces hair with delicate, realistic strokes of bespoke mineral pigment implanted into the epidermis of the skin.
Tracie and her team are accredited by Alopecia UK and, due to popular demand, have now launched the UKs first high street clinic in the heart of Knightsbridge and home to the 3D Brow Treatment.
A cheaper and less invasive option is to give targeted hair care a go.
L.A. Science, for example, is an advanced hair loss system with a patented delivery system using an active peptide complex to deliver the formula directly to the root of the problem.
It then helps strength and nourish your hair, ultimately providing an effective re-growth platform.
And Clynol stimulates hair growth and adds volume, shine and protection to the remaining hair.
Meanwhile, nutritional supplements can also be beneficial.
Meeting your recommended daily intake for vitamin C may help reduce hair loss, whie Omega-3 is needed or at least a great factor in hair growth since our hair is a hardened protein.
Tracie Giles - traciegiles.co.uk
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