Australian TV loves Brynne Edelsten. She is a socialite, an actress and a TV personality. Looking your best can be stressful when you are battling hair loss, especially as a brand ambassador for a hair care line
An agenda like this definitely requires you to be on top of your game. The media puts a lot of emphasis on the personal appearance of celebrities, so Brynne always wants to look her best. On top of being an actress, a socialite, and TV personality, Brynne is also juggling the responsibility of being the face of Evolis, a hair treatment brand.
TheFIX, an Australian magazine, got Edelsten to open up about the hair loss problems she was having. In 2012, Brynnes hairdresser noticed bald spots throughout her scalp and noticed a significant amount of hair breakage.
Her signature long blonde hair had started failing her during a particularly stressful period of her life. Brynne was Celebrity Splash at the time, which resulted in twenty plus hours per week in chlorine. Add that abuse on top of the daily beauty routine of a celebrity, and the results may not be pretty. Brynne confesses to not even wanting to leave the house!
I go to the grocery store with a full face of makeup, my hair done and high heels. So when it becomes something out of your control where I couldn't even go out, my hair was so bad and thinning. It wouldn't even cover the hair extensions; you'd see this massive tape.
Pressure at home
Being in the public eye can be stressful enough. Take those pressures and then shake up your home life too. It’s a good recipe for disaster. Geoffrey Edelsten, Brynne’s husband, was reportedly having an affair with an American that he met on a controversial dating site tailored to suit the “sugar daddy” type of lifestyle. Add to the mix of things a trial, and it is no great mystery that the doctor concluded that the hair loss was all stress related.
It was a really stressful year, in my marriage, with my show and the pressure of people wanting me to have a baby yet having these problems at home
Stress and hair loss solutions
There are a few types of stress related hair loss. Brynne was most likely experiencing telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is kickstarted by stress-related hormones pushing hair follicles into a resting phase in large amounts. This resting phase will allow hair to simply fall out during normal daily grooming. This, paired with the excessive grooming of a celebrity, can lead to the I-can’t-even-use-hair-extensions dilemma that Brynne describes. Getting stress under control is the first and best solution to this type of hair loss. Brynne attributes her lower stress levels to Yoga and meditation.
- Exercising daily is a great habit as it produces feel-good endorphins to help lower stress.
- Keeping a journal is a good stress management tool. It allows you to expel stressful thoughts and feelings in a non-destructive way by spilling it onto paper.
- Getting massages will improve blood flow, which reduces physical and emotional stress. Plus, it just feels really good.
- Examining stressors and remove them accordingly. Work, familial obligations, unpaid bills, unresolved projects, they can all take a toll on you
- Start prioritizing. Anything that you can’t just eliminate needs to be listed along with a plan of action. Many times just organizing thoughts on problem solving can lead to a sense of accomplishment, thus reducing stress.
Once you have begun the process of eliminating the stress, consider keeping track of your hair loss progress. Keep a journal of how you hair is feeling over a period of time. This will help you correlate stress factors to how your hair reacts. Keeping a tangible record of your hair loss pattern can also serve as an important guide if a discussion about further treatment for your hair loss is necessary.