Fergie’s Hair Loss Revealed and Exploited By The Press

by admin on April 8, 2009

I recently came across an article in the popular online UK news website, Mail Online, titled Newly brunette Fergie’s centre-parting is one great divide.” Catchy for a news title, and in my opinion,  cruel for the 33 year old Black Eyed Peas singer.  Women’s hair loss is such a personal and emotional struggle, I can only imagine how much this article may have potentially hurt Fergie.  I think the general consensus is that celebrities are fair game to scrutinize, and point out every ounce of weight gain, facial blemish and anything just a little “off.” But I disagree, I really feel that certain things should be off limits, and probably because I am bias, I definitely think hair loss is on that list of things to not exploit for editorial entertainment.

The article speculates that Fergie’s hair loss could be from the usage of extensions that may have resulted in traction alopecia (a form of alopecia characterized by gradual hair loss caused primarily by a pulling force being applied to the hair).  It’s hard to say from a photo what the cause of her hair loss actually is.  As many of us female hair loss gals know, often times we don’t even know the cause. One thing is certain, Fergie’s beauty is unaffected, she is gorgeous and would still looking stunning without any hair at all.

If anything good can come from this article, it would be that perhaps women suffering with any type of hair loss can know they are not alone in their struggle. My heart goes out to every woman who has to suffer with this.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela April 8, 2009 at 10:09 am

Great article! I’d love to see Fergie shave it all off and grace a chromed dome for a while.

pinky April 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

I think this has been photshopped or this just the lighting because in the same pictures online looking straight at her her hairline looks fine. other pictures of her online with the dark hair doesnt show a thinning hairline either.

admin April 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

@ Angela – I totally agree, I’d love to see her shave it off, represent for all the ladies. :)

@Pinky – I really doubt that the picture was photoshopped, it looks real. I think what you are seeing in other images, is that the hair loss has been covered up, either with more attention to parting the hair a certain way, using a hair addition or possibly a makeup coverup like toppik. I know for myself if you catch me on a day I didn’t pay much mind to my hair it will look totally thin and balding as opposed to when I actually take the time to style and blow it properly, then I am able to mask it pretty well. But I definitely agree the lightening could make the thinness appear more extreme, that’s why you’ll always find me under the darkest table at a resturant :)

hennared April 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Personally, I for one, would love to see the press not give a flying you-know-what about what womens’ (or mens’, for that matter!) hair looked like. I mean, isn’t there more important stuff in the world to write articles about??? How pathetic and shallow a society we seem to be.

Sarah C April 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Well I feel bad for fergie, but also I have to say if someone this well known has thinning or Alopecia, then when we have to explain to someone why we are bald I can say “you know that hair disease that Fergie has” its going to take some beautiful well know lady or very handson hot guy with hair to go public to help make it more acceptble for us to walk around bald.

mee mee April 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Seriously.. everyone goes thru different challenges in his/her lives… what I am interested is how do we solve the problem… seeing celebrities having hair issues doesn’t make me any happier but seeing people trying to sell magazine because of that makes me really sad. I really hope we can truly find a cure for hair loss for all human race. I know how much it consumes my mood and even my life…. we are all entitle to quality of life and certainly hair is the quality I would like to keep! I don’t want to cope… many have told me I should learn to play with the cards that had been dealt to me or learn to live with it…. hell NO! If we accept everything thats throw to us… we wouldn’t have so much advancement in medical science and technology….. I believe there is a cure out there… its just who is willing to go to the extra miles to find it. I always believe the answer is already given to us by God…. now its up to us to go and find. … I guess what I am trying to say is… ” HOPE” is the key and “never give up” is our strength….

Jill April 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I don’t feel as bad for Fergie that she is recieving this scrutiny from the media because she’s gotten so much plastic surgery and sent the message to women not to be happy with the way we are born and to try to become the male fantasy. I had a beautiful friend become obsessed with plastic surgery and she honestly said “I want to come out like Fergie did!” It definitely meesed her up. So many of us on this site just want to look “normal” and it doesn’t help when women like Fergie are out there creating unrealistic standards.

w73 April 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm

i think anyone, celebrity or no celebrity, to go thru hairloss is tough and no one should deserve it. if fergie is going thru this, hope she’s got the ballz to deal with it and i’d think she’s got the tough chick facade to pull off the shave it all off approach.

Roxana April 27, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I think Fergie should stand up and come forward with her condition. Alot of young women look up to celebrities that are positive and womens hair loss is not heard of at all and, and I think she should be an advocate so that more research can be done and more people can become aware of this horrible condition that makes womens self esteem go down, such as myself. GO for it Fergie!!!

Tanya April 28, 2009 at 9:34 am

She has the same pattern of baldness that I have–that’s exactly what my hair looks like! While I think the press are jerks for exploiting it, I think she’s incredibly brave to go out in public without trying to cover it (or letting any of her personal stylists cover it for her) and I salute her for it!

kylie April 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Fergie appears to have a condition called telogen effluvium. I have recently been diagnosed by a trichologist, dermatologist and dr with this. I am no expert but i have learnt that severe stress, crash dieting, fever, and childbirth are some of the reasons which can cause a shock to the body causing this condition. The hair will normally fall out for 3 months, it may even take 3months after the shock occured for the hair to actually start shedding. In some aggresive cases it may last 6-9 months. Personally, my hair has been falling out for about 5 months, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, i have alot of fine regrowth growing back. So fortunately this can be reversed. People suffering from telogen effluvium will notice diffuse hair loss which appears as if the hair is thinning in sections or all over, women in particular may loose hair which resembles a widening of the part, or several parts across the top of the head.

ale August 9, 2009 at 4:03 am

I wanna say thanks for this article I am a fan of fergie and you have been really good

Jennifer August 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

I went in for a consultation for low laser hair therapy for my thinning hair. This particular place claims Fergie is using the llht for her thinning hair. I wonder if it is true or just a sales pitch.

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