January Jones got tongues wagging when the actress wore a kinda kooky pompadour 'do to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, but she probably wasn't trying to do her best David Bowie/Pink/Miley Cyrus impression. It may have actually been the best she could do given how much hair she's actually got left. She revealed to Grazia Daily recently, "I have been every color and now my hair is falling out in clumps." Whaaat?!
It's not like the Mad Men star is really a fan fave. With the exception of the ditzy, sexy Wisconsin chick at the end of Love Actually (remember that?), she always plays an ice queen or a villain of some sort. But whoa, does hearing that make my heart go out to her. Losing your hair, especially at a super-young 35 years old, is no laughing matter.
Maybe I'm just super-sensitive to the idea, as a.) I've always aspired to have long, voluminous locks and b.) thyroid and other hormonal issues have made me a bit paranoid about hair loss. But I know I'm not alone. I'd guess many, if not most, women would be extremely sensitive about any sort of hair loss or balding problems ... Because our hair is very much a part of how we express who we are to the rest of the world. For better or worse, it's tied up with our self-identity.
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But January being an actress gets paid to inhabit multiple identities. As a result, she's had to dye her hair a lot lately, and it's become something of an occupational hazard. She says:
I've been blonde, red with extensions ... then blonde, then black, and now blonde again. I'm going to have to shave it off and wear a wig.
Agggh! That is so horrible. And yet, it's definitely not uncommon. Kelly Osbourne and Lady Gaga have both noted that they've suffered similar side effects of being hair chameleons.
But this is not a superficial issue. When it comes down to "hair falling out in clumps" (!!!), there are obviously health consequences at play. Just like Anne Hathaway and other actors need to stop starving themselves (or gaining weight) to sweep awards season, maybe actors like January Jones need to step away from the hair dye. Same goes for regular people like us! Maybe it makes more sense to start with the wigs -- instead of having to resort to them after we've killed off any hope of having healthy, natural hair.
Do you find this horrifying? Have you ever worried about hair loss?