Forget Kate Middleton: Sex and the City’s Charlotte York Goldenblatt – aka Kristin Davis – was the original poster girl for luscious brunette locks and a good blow-dry. And, in the show, Davis’ character was all too aware of her good fortune, too.
Remember when she sat down and asked Carrie et al if they thought her hair was “too shiny today?” Or the moment when she reminded us that, during a particularly bad hangover, even your hair can hurt?
However, in a frank new interview with WWD, Davis says her tresses told a very different story away from the SATC set, and that she began losing her hair shortly after they wrapped the show.
“My hair just was not what it used to be,” she said. “It was very fine, like it had gone away, there just was hardly any hair there...
“I hadn't been worrying about it – I have my daughter – but when I tried to do something or had to go somewhere I was like, ‘Where is my hair?’”
Davis continued: “My hair was always very difficult, which no one believes when I tell them.
“It's always been not quite that easy, but because I had a lot of hair the professionals could help me make it look nice.”
However, when she realised that she was losing well over the standard 100 strands of hair every day, Davis turned to hair stylist Luke O’Connor, who recommended she try Volaire’s volumising hair products. Davis was so impressed that she signed on to become the face of the brand.
“I just wanted to see for myself [if it worked],” she said, adding that the extra volume helps her to feel more confident.
“Mostly, I wanted it for myself.”
There are lots of different types of hair loss: it can take the form of “thinning” or involve a total loss of hair, it can be gradual or sudden, and it can affect both men and women of all ages.
While the NHS offers a lot of information on the causes and possible treatments, they stress that it’s important to address the psychological impact of your hair loss – and has shared a number of self-care tips to help you come to terms with your altered appearance and boost your confidence.
These include talking about your hair loss with loved ones and joining a support group. For those who feel unable to speak to someone face-to-face about what they’re going through, the NHS advises joining Alopecia UK's online discussion forum to connect with others going through the same experiences.