Made In Chelsea’s Olivia Bentley feels ‘liberated’ after ditching wig she wore to cover hair loss
Olivia Bentley feels liberated after ditching the wig she wore to cover her alopecia hair loss.
The Made In Chelsea star, 26, said she used to feel self conscious about her condition, noting that a former flame dumped her because of her bald patches.
As a result of wearing wigs while filming the reality show, Olivia said she’d be left dripping in sweat, but her boyfriend Tristan Phipps encouraged her not to cover up her bald patches.
Covered up: Olivia Bentley, 26, says she feels liberated after ditching the wigs she wore to cover her alopecia hair loss (pictured in 2019)
Reality star Olivia said she had ‘a lot of anxiety’ as a result of the autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out but insists ‘life is so much more comfortable now’.
She told The Sun: ‘The wig was a protective thing and I wouldn’t go anywhere without it. If I ever went away, I’d have a lot of anxiety that I hadn’t packed it, but life is so much more comfortable now.
‘It was like wearing a woolly hat all the time. I remember filming some days in the heat with sweat dripping down my face. Not having to deal with that any more feels liberating.’
Reflecting on her past experience with a former boyfriend, she revealed that she was dumped as he worried their children would be bald, with Olivia noting: ‘I was only 17. I mean, wow, what a horrible thing to say.’
Hair struggle: The Made In Chelsea star, 26, said she used to feel self conscious about her condition, noting that a former flame dumped her because of her bald patches
Olivia believes her alopecia was triggered by taking the contraceptive pill, but although she stopped taking the tablets, her hair did not grow back.
In recent years, experts have been warning of an ‘epidemic’ in hair loss being caused by birth control.
In 2010 the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) said that ‘it is imperative for all women especially for those who have a history of hair loss in their family to be made aware of the potentially devastating effects of birth control pills on normal hair growth’.
Supportive: As a result of wearing wigs while filming, Olivia said she’d be left dripping in sweat, but her boyfriend Tristan Phipps encouraged her not to cover up her bald patches
Earlier this year, Olivia revealed she was called a ‘bald b***h’ by cruel trolls amid her alopecia struggle.
She has suffered from the autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out since she was 16, and revealed she was sent taunts by cyber bullies after she appeared on the E4 show.
Speaking on the Private Parts podcast, she told Jamie Laing and his guest co-host Alex Mytton: ‘People used to say horrible things like “what is wrong with your hair”, “you bald b***h” and all of this stuff and I used to be like “oh my God”. It was a lot.’
‘I responded to someone once, this is before I had spoken about the fact I had hair loss, saying, “Listen I have hair loss this is why my hair does look a bit s**t.”
‘They literally replied saying, “you’re a bald b****h”. I was like 22 then. But then weirdly after speaking about it, now I don’t worry about it at all, I don’t wear my wig that much, I haven’t worn it in ages really, it doesn’t bother me at all.’
The reality star spoke of the time she discovered she was suffering with the condition, saying she called her mother crying after pulling clumps of her hair out.
Speaking out: Earlier this year, Olivia revealed she was called a ‘bald b***h’ by cruel trolls amid her alopecia struggle
She explained: ‘I remember there was one day and I was at school sitting on my bed crying my eyes out and I couldn’t get through to my mum because she had taken my grandmother to the hospital and had to turn her phone off.
‘By the time she answered the phone I was hysterical because there was hair on the floor, it was in the shower, my hair brush and I was like,”I don’t know what the f***k is going on here.”
‘I was sitting in my bedroom and none of my friends at school knew, none of the teachers knew, I just didn’t tell anyone and the more I was getting myself into a state, the more it was coming out. It was bad at the time.’
She added that she felt none of her peers were interested in her personality, with them showing more interest in how she looked.
In addition, the television personality added that she found her teens difficult because ‘I hit puberty quite late so I didn’t have boobs so essentially I looked like a bloke’.
‘Then my hair started coming out and I was like ‘for f***k sake’. It couldn’t get worse,’ she concluded.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS?
It is perfectly normal for people to lose small amounts of hair as it replenishes itself and, on average, people can shed between 50 and 100 hairs per day.
However, if people start to lose entire patches of hair or large amounts of it it can be more distressing and potentially a sign of something serious.
Pattern baldness is a common cause of hair loss as people grow older. At least half of men over the age of 50 will lose some of their hair just through the ageing process, according to the British Association of Dermatologists.
Women may lose their hair as they grow older, too.
Other, more concerning causes of hair loss include stress, cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, weight loss or an iron deficiency.
Most hair loss is temporary, however, and can be expected to grow back.
Specific medical conditions which cause the hair to fall out include alopecia, a disorder of the immune system; an underactive or overactive thyroid; the skin condition lichen planus or Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer.
People should visit their doctor if their hair starts to fall out in lumps, falls out suddenly, if their scalp itches or burns, and if hair loss is causing them severe stress.