The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (www.CanadianHair.ca), a Toronto-based organization offering hair loss treatment for over 25 years, is commenting on celebrity DJ Mark Ronson’s hair loss due to stress.
Mark Ronson, the DJ behind the hit “Uptown Funk,” recently detailed how the extreme stress he experienced writing his hit song caused him to suffer from hair loss as well as other health symptoms. According to Ronson, he lost an entire inch off his hairline from the stress he was going through. (Source: “Mark Ronson: Uptown Funk led to hair loss, sickness and collapse,” Belfast Telegraph, February 07, 2016; https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/mark-ronson-uptown-funk-led-to-hair-loss-sickness-and-collapse-34430539.html.)
“The link between hair loss and stress is undeniable,” says Ken Robson, founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “There’s enough research at this point that shows that being stressed out can have a big effect on our scalps. It’s not the only cause of hair loss, but it’s one of the big ones that affect both men and women.”
Ronson says that he became stressed while trying to write the hit song over the course of six months. He began to develop symptoms like panic attacks, vomiting, and eventually hair loss, before finally collapsing in a restaurant washroom.
“Stress has a big effect on our bodies,” notes Robson. “When it comes to our hair, stress can cause our hair follicles to go into an early resting state, which means more of it begins to fall out and it doesn’t grow back as fast. You will usually begin to see a diffuse thinning across your scalp.”
According to Ronson, he was also getting over the death of his friend Amy Winehouse, who died about five years ago from alcohol poisoning. The stress Ronson experienced caused his hairline to suddenly recede in less than half of a year.
“When we experience a huge traumatic event, it’s possible to lose a large amount of hair,” says Robson. “Usually, this is temporary, but if your hairline is receding, that could be a permanent change. It would be important to take action to treat that.”
Recent photos of Ronson appear to show him with a full head of hair, which suggests a lot of his hair loss was temporary. However, it’s also possible that Ronson has been using hair loss treatments, though he has not spoken about using any treatments.
“When you experience sudden hair loss, the important thing is to see a hair loss specialist,” says Robson. “Sometimes, hair loss is temporary, but other times, a treatment might be warranted. Shampoos and topical treatments can speed up the recovery of temporary hair loss, while hair transplants are the best treatment for permanent hair loss.”
“Uptown Funk” subsequently became a huge hit for Ronson, scoring over a billion views on YouTube and becoming a number one song in many countries. However, the song took a serious toll on his health in the process, which he is only now revealing.
“People need to focus on reducing stress,” says Robson. “Stress can easily cause hair loss in both men and women. By reducing your stress, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and using the right shampoos and hair products, you can keep a full head of hair. With the hair treatments available today, there’s no need to worry if you do experience hair loss, but it’s always easier when you can prevent it from happening in the first place.”
The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is the leading provider of treatment for hair loss in men and women. It offers clients a number of options, ranging from hair transplant surgery to realistic hair systems.