The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (www.CanadianHair.ca), a Toronto-based organization offering hair loss treatment for over 25 years, is weighing in on celebrities wearing wigs as a way to deal with hair loss.
Kris Jenner, star of Keeping up with the Kardashians, has recently been spotted wearing a wig. While out for a meal with her boyfriend, Jenner wore a blue-coloured wig, prompting speculation that she is losing her hair. (Source: “Kris Jenner Hair Loss: Kardashian Matriarch Wears Wig, Prompts Rumors She’s Going Bald,” Star Pulse, December 31, 2016; https://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2015/12/31/kris-jenner-hair-loss-kardashian-matri.)
“Wigs and toupees aren’t as popular a hair loss treatment as they once were,” says Ken Robson, founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “With the advancements we’ve had in hair treatments in recent years, you don’t hear as much about wigs, but they are still an option that can be used.”
Rumours have long circulated about celebrities using wigs or hair pieces to hide their baldness. Jenner now joins a list of suspected wig-users that includes John Travolta, Sean Connery, and Jeremy Piven among others.
“It was a lot more common back in the days when we had fewer hair treatment options, so it would be interesting if Jenner was using a wig to hide thinning,” says Robson. “A lot of celebrities still use wigs and hair accessories for stylistic choices, which may be what Jenner is doing here. It allows them to quickly change the length, shape, and colour of their hair.”
Based on pictures of Jenner, at least one hair specialist has said that it appears she is experiencing temporal thinning, which can be caused by ageing, hormonal issues, or disease. Thyroid conditions, which affect more women than men, and thyroid issues can both lead to hair loss.
“Hair loss is actually very common with women, despite what many people think,” notes Robson. “It’s not discussed as much, which may be why many women feel embarrassed and are reluctant to see hair loss specialists. The truth is, it’s common and there are many treatment options.”
While the jury is still out on whether Jenner is experiencing hair loss, Robson notes that a wig is likely just a temporary solution while she pursues other options. In fact, some people wear a wig or hairpiece while undergoing other treatments.
“With hair transplants, we can now effectively restore a permanent head of hair,” says Robson. “It’s really replaced wigs and hairpieces as a treatment option. However, there’s some time after the procedure during which the hair has to grow, so sometimes people will use wigs or hats during that time.”
While celebrities have long had a wide range of hair loss options available to them, Robson says that the public now has access to nearly all of the same treatment options, from wigs to hair transplants to special shampoos.
“Luckily, hair loss cures are no longer just available to celebrities,” Robson says. “Hair transplants are essentially a hair loss cure available to the public. Kris Jenner may have a reason for wearing her wig, but the days where that was the only option are over.”
The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is the leading provider of treatment for hair loss in men and women. They offer their clients a number of options, ranging from hair transplant surgery to realistic hair systems.