Lady Gaga is losing her hair -- but what does it mean?
We're not talking about her amazing Harajuku-via-Miss Piggy collection of hairpieces; those are pretty hard to miss. No, we speak of Ms. Gaga's real live strands, which, apparently, have been taking their leave, en masse, from the artist's head.
And for the record: No, Gaga was not born this way.
The singer recently told People magazine that she occasionally must “get a chemical haircut because my blond hair is falling out." In other words: Bleach plus hair equals a bad coif romance for the Lady.
But get this: When it comes to female celebrity hair loss, she's not alone. Plenty of other famous women have been flashing bald spots, and these gals can't blame bleach for their woes. Kate Beckinsale has been photographed with a bare patch on the back of her pate. Naomi Campbell flashed some serious cranial deforestation during a shoot last year. A similar plight has, on at least one sad occasion, befallen Britney Spears. And poor Fergie; her center part is beginning to resemble Malibu Canyon.
With the thousands that studios and record labels spend on their talent (and it is the suits, not the stars, who usually pay for this stuff), you'd think that some hair guru would be on 24-7 standby in case of follicular homicide. But apparently not.
You might also be tempted to assume that this baldness was caused by some naughty star behavior. (We sure wanted to assume as much.) Sure, Hollywood is filled with anorexia, drug use and nasty weaves, all of which can cause hair to fall out.
"Ninety-eight percent of hair loss has to do with genetics," says Dr. Robert "Buzzkill" Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates. "In fact, one in four women in the U.S. have female-pattern hair loss."
-- Leslie Gornstein
Photo: Wait, that's *not* her natural hair color? Lady Gaga unveils the Polaroid Grey Label of products she co-designed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 6, 2011. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images