Fergie – Her Hair Loss & Hair Styles

Fergie – Her Hair Loss & Hair Styles
September 12th, 2011

fergie hair lossFergie’s  hair styles, and her obvious hair loss, have been a slight obsession of mine for the past few years. Nothing feels more lonely than to be a women struggling with hair loss, but when I see a celebrity going through the same thing, and almost embracing hair loss, it makes me question my own struggle. When pictures first surfaced of Fergie a few years ago that showed her hair loss, I was stunned and felt horrible for her, since I know how much it sucks. But what has surprised me is that she hasn’t done much to cover up her hair loss, and she’s not afraid to venture in public with her widening part. Is she brave or oblivious, or are so many women losing their hair these days that her degree of hair loss is almost the new norm?

Before I decided to write articles about celebrities like Fergie that have hair loss, I wondered if I was being mean by ‘outing’ them publicly. But Fergie shows up at various red carpet events, autograph signings, and performances, with her hair loss totally visible, so she’s presenting herself how she wants to be seen – hair loss and all. I would feel uncomfortable showing candid paparazzi photos of balding celebs taken with telephoto lenses into their homes or something, but if a celeb goes out in public, to me they’re saying they are comfortable with the way they look.

As I’ve watched my own hair loss progress from not being nearly as noticeable as Fergie’s, to being on the same level as hers now (and quickly getting worse), I personally don’t want the whole world to know I have hair loss. That’s why I wear hair concealers and leave the house thinking my hair loss is disguised, but I do wonder if it’s as obvious as Fergie’s under bright lights and camera flashes. I will very soon start wearing a hair piece like Christina Hendricks, so that if my hair gets worse, no one will know (hopefully) – except all the viewers of hairlosshell.com. That’s why Fergie fascinates me – why is she okay with her hair, but I’m not okay with mine? Who’s right? And she’s obviously concerned about her appearance because she always changes up her hair styles and wears tons of hair extensions to add length and volume to her hair. So Fergie – you confuse me and fascinate me!

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This was the first photo that came out where it became obvious Fergie has hair loss. Before that I never noticed she had hair issues like me. The dark hair color also makes her hair loss more noticeable.

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Again Fergie’s dark hair color highlights her hair loss.

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Fergie at a red carpet event. Her hair looks awesome, but I would have worn a hair concealer to hide the wide part.

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Fergie’s almost black hair makes her thinning hair more apparent. At least she doesn’t have to deal with a receding hairline like me.

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I wonder if her constant use of extensions is what caused her hair loss (from traction alopecia). Or does she have telogen effluvium from stress and dieting, or is it androgenetic alopecia? Sorry Fergie for being so obsessed with your hair. I know it’s only hair!

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An orange part – OMG this is exactly what I was talking about when I wrote about my scalp turning orange in fluorescent lighting from Toppik hair fibers. I’m not sure if she’s wearing Toppik, or if her scalp got hair dye on it that won’t wash out.

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Fergie at another red carpet event with her dark hair.

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I usually dye my hair lighter to disguise my wide part. Fergie’s blonde hair definitely makes her hair issues less noticeable.

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Okay so I have a problem with hair loss (I hate it, and it’s an issue for me). Society has taught us that women are not supposed to bald, and balding is not attractive for women. Unfortunately I have bought into this stereotype for myself and I don’t want to be a balding women. Lots of women look great bald, or with little hair, but I am still hung up on having thick hair. So are magazines! I dare you to find a magazine where Fergie has noticeable hair loss. Every magazine either shows Fergie wearing a wig, or they Photoshop the hell out of her hair to hide her part. Magazines sell the idea that thick hair is beautiful, whether or not that’s true.

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Either Fergie’s wearing a wig here, or they have her part turned away from the camera. Plus those are some massive extensions.

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A new hair styles for Fergie. Hello Photoshop! Allure prides itself on natural/realistic looking covers, but it takes a lot of pixel-pushing to look “natural.”

What’s your take on Fergie’s hair loss? Personally I love all of her hair styles and wish I could afford hair extensions (but I would worry they’d make my hair loss worse). Is it wrong for me to point out Fergie’s hair issues, even though they are obvious, and she’s choosing to go out like this? Most female celebrities with hair loss are on the same page as me, and they cover up their thinning scalp at the first sign of a problem. No matter what hair Fergie sports – blonde hair, dark hair, black hair, or no hair, she always looks awesome. And she makes me question my own beliefs about beauty and the ridiculousness of hair, hair styles, and hair loss. Go Fergie!

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  • BM
    September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    What do you think is causing Fergie’s hair loss? Hers looks similar to mine.

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      September 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      That’s a good question. It’s hard to know for sure, but my guess is that her hair loss is a combination of telogen effluvium, androgenetic alopecia, and traction alopecia. Since she’s been wearing hair extensions for years, that’s probably done some permanent damage to her hair, and caused bald spots from the constant tugging. Since she’s a celebrity, which is probably extremely stressful, between the stress, constant travel, constant dieting, etc., that probably causes some excessive shedding that could be chronic. And Fergie could have a genetic predisposition to androgenetic alopecia as well. This is all speculation, since I don’t really know for sure. Fergie’s hair looks like mine, and the type of hair loss that is super common in places like NYC – http://www.hairlosshell.com/new-york-hair-loss

  • HopeH
    September 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hi Jeni. May I ask you why you’ve decided to go with topper and not directly to a bonded piece? Are you concerned with the shaving part?

    I’m asking because I’m starting to investigate supplemental hair. This HL nightmare isn’t obvious to anyone but myself yet and I plan on keeping it that way. I don’t like the idea of removing something every night and a bonded piece seems more “permanent”. Am I fooling myself?

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      September 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

      Hope, If my hair keeps getting worse I will probably shave my head and get a bonded hair piece. But right now, before doing that, there are a few more things I might try for my hair before I give up completely. I don’t like the idea of taking something off every night too, but I feel like it’s a good intermediate step for me. Most people are really happy with bonded hair pieces after they get used to them – but I feel like it’s a bigger step I’m not ready to take yet.

  • Gerald
    September 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Wow, I never realized Fergie was experiencing hair loss. I feel bad for her, but I do commend her for being confident enough to not hide it. I’m experiencing hair loss too and doing everything I can to stall it…it really does suck.

  • rlp
    September 26, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Hi! I just found your websites – they look very helpful!

    I really don’t have a comment about Fergie except that she is still very beautiful.

    I have been loosing my hair for about 2 years now – I was born with very fine hair but had quite a bit of it on my crown while the sides were thin. Now my hair is very thin allover my head with the crown loosing the most. My loss is diffuse so I never thought it could be alopecia areata, but just found a few articles that there is also a diffuse version. Many people who experience this type of hair loss also have gluten intollerance, which I do! But never linked it to my hair loss to it until this past summer when I finally noticed a pattern – every time I cheated on my gluten free diet with a beer (which most have a trace amount of gluten) I would loose hair, and thinking back over the past few years, I have not been careful about trace amounts of gluten getting into my system – for example some lip products have it, gum has it, when you lick an envelope you get some………

    here is a excerpt from a website about this:

    “Celiac disease associated alopecia

    Celiac (coeliac) disease is an autoimmune condition in which affected individuals have an adverse immune reaction to gluten in their diet. The most reliable treatment approach is a gluten free diet. However, those who fail to strictly adhere to a gluten free diet can develop hair loss problems. The hair loss can be due to two different mechanisms. As an autoimmune condition, celiac disease can be associated with an increased risk of developing other autoimmune diseases. People with celiac disease have also been reported as also developing the autoimmune hair loss condition alopecia areata.

    In addition, and probably more common in celiac disease affected people, there can be a thinning of hair fiber and a general diffuse hair loss. This is probably most likely due to the inflammatory response to gluten in the gut inhibiting the absorption of other nutrients from food which hair follicles require. Similar poor hair growth can be seen in other people with inflammatory bowel syndromes. Erratic hormone production in people with celiac disease may also be a contributing factor to hair loss. In celiac disease the strict adherence to a gluten free diet resolves the gut inflammation and in so doing also usually resolves the poor quality hair growth. ”

    Anyway, just thought I’d share in case you or your readers could have hair loss from gluten. Many people have gluten intollerance but don’t know it, and some doctors think up to 30% of the US population have some degree of gluten sensitivity.

    • Mary
      February 16, 2012 at 2:25 am


      Thanks for sharing.

      My hair is as thin as Fergie´s and I also have a receeding hairline. I also suffer from gluten intollerance so maybe that’s my problem…

  • rlp
    September 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Hi again. I just got done reading your earlier posts and comments and saw that you did go gluten free for a few weeks. Not everyone that is gluten sensitive has noticeable stomach problems. For example when I first found out gluten was a problem for me I had terrible stomach pains and diarrhea but now if i accidently eat it or challenge myself on purpose with a small piece of cake, etc, I don’t have any overt symptoms, except for hair loss happens in huge amounts overnight. and i am sure it affects the amount of nutrients you are absorbing. Unfortunately, i have read that it takes a very long time of going gluten free to heal your gut and I don’t know if the hair loss is permanent or not.

    That post about fillings is really scary!!! I have so many, when i was little i didn’t brush my teeth plus i inherited “bad teeth” – my dad always brushed his teeth but got tons of cavities but my mom never brushed and never had cavities though their diets were similar. Anyway, have you had any more thoughts or information about mercury in fillings and consequent health problems. One thing I hate about organizations saying that something without a doubt doesn’t cause this or that is how can they really know? – there are so many factors and differences in people and environments that can all interact in so many ways that they can’t possibly test all of them. I remember when experts in food safety were saying that BPA in plastic were safe, even though others were greatly concerned – still they said it was safe. Well in 2010 the FDA finally expressed concern also and many manufactures are eliminating from products that make contact with foods and drinks.

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for your comments. Is your hair better now that you are gluten free? I feel like I’m not absorbing vitamins and minerals properly, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it really is gluten in my case. There are so many things it could be! I know I didn’t cut out gluten long enough to make a real diagnosis – it was so hard, and since I didn’t feel any different after a few weeks, I just gave up.

      • Mary
        February 16, 2012 at 2:40 am

        Maybe you should give it a try again? For me it took at least 6-7 months before my stomach healed noticeable and I know other’s who had to wait that long too. It’s common to be sensitive to lactose as well, but that goes away after a (long) while on gluten free diet.

        Following the diet is hard and I really hate it. But if it makes a huge difference in health it is totally worth it. And it has no side-effects :)

  • BEX
    November 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    OMG HOW AM I LUCKY ENOUGH TO STUMBLE ONTO YOU??!! This is first page I’ve read after a hair loss google search brought me here, and I SWEAR you are stealing my thoughts right out of my head, VERBATIM! I was doing my latest haiross research (I do frequently) to commemorate my 4 year anniversary in hairloss hell. I recently got so desperate I wrote down every little tidbit I could think of in regards to my hair. As I was typing this stuff in, it was crystal clear that it was the DEVELOPER in my hair color.
    OK so I figured this much out after 1460 days of thinking about it, dreaming about it, becoming some what of a recluse (only b/c it takes about 3 hours to produce an albeit thinly veiled comb-over at best), losing friends to the constant “your being paranoid, you look great” ignorance etc. but what now? The top hairs are 3 inch ugly light-brown with some gray root growth and the bottom half is like the plastic thick fake nautical rope thats coming apart from the bottom. Can I darken it all or will it again start coming out again in droves?
    Looking forward to reading more , right now :) . At the very least, Jen, you’ve made me realize I’m not in this alone which is soothing to me. Thank you.

  • Katharsis
    December 16, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Kinda hard you haven’t seen this, but maybe it’s useful to someone: http://capiliatrulyyou.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/whats-causing-fergies-hair-loss-whats-causing-your-hair-loss/

  • christina
    January 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I am 33. My hair has been falling out since my first surgery in 2000. I thought at first that it was an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. My hair would fall out worse after each surgery so my thought seemed accurate. I am now able to see all the way to my back scalp if I raise my hair strait up and hold it there. Tons of hair falls out each day and I have NO regrowth, My roots are so small that you can’t tell what end of the hair you are looking at. so there is no hope for my hair. any extra washing or brushing or even just itching my head causes even more to fall out. I want to shave my head but can’t seem to find the nerve. My husband is supportive but thinks it will be ok to make fun of me an my bald head with cracks about Sinaid and that I must be a loyal fan. Same goes for another of my good friends. I am devastated by this hair loss! My biggest hesitation comes from having a huge bowling ball for a head. I’m always having hot flashes so wearing hats will be torturer! Looking at the information you provide is liberating. Though upsetting because all the people noted to have shaved there heads are beautiful people and I am not. I just don’t know what to do… Any suggestions?

  • Projectile Hair Loss
    February 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Along with the other items on your list of things that can possibly cause hair loss, I would also add certain types or brands of hair colors. I started using “Revlon ColorSilk Burgundy #48” hair color in late September, 2012, & I have since lost probably about 50-60% of my total hair mass (meaning the number of strands, not the strand thickness) over my entire head ever since then. :|

    I’d noticed a somewhat increased rate of hair loss in late August, 2012 after using “Revlon ColorSilk Medium Golden Chestnut Brown #46,” but I didn’t realize it would pick up speed after trying the “Burgundy” a month later. I had used Revlon “ash” shades in the Winter of 2012, which had turned my hair (including all of the gray in it) a lovely “Pirates Of The Caribbean Green”…but it did not fall out at the root. Especially in scary handfuls like this. I had stopped coloring for several months in between the “ash” & reddish-brown “chestnut” shades, so my hair had plenty of fresh growth to work with, & my scalp had ample recovery time.

    After coloring with “Burgundy” in late September, I waited almost 2 months before using it second time…after which the fallout continued, perhaps even escalated. I have been losing hair at about 3 times the rate I normally did before.

    I am now 45, but in my 30’s I used “Ion 12.2 High Lift Ash Blonde” for about 8 years, & I never saw anything like this happen. Not with ANY hair color, ever. One thing I noticed is, at the same time the hair loss started in 2012, my hair also became *very finely textured*. Meaning, the strands themselves became “thinner,” as well as the number of strands thinning out. I don’t know how this is related, but perhaps someone else who reads this will.

    So, I am sitting here sporting 1.5″ of half-gray roots at 5am, wondering what in the world to do with myself if this just keeps on going like a runaway train with no brakes… As in, what am I going to do in 4 more months, if I lose the rest of it. :/ And I stumbled across your site this morning in a search.

    Does anyone know what causes hair to not “break” at a certain color line (where you can tell you changed hair colors) but to actually fall out – roots, ends, & all – & how to get it stopped…?? I have cut my own hair for years, & I don’t have a stylist to ask. I really liked the Revlon “Burgundy” color, including the condition it left my hair in after coloring. I would have liked to continue using it – but I was advised to definitely switch brands. It has now been 2 1/2 months since I last colored with anything at all, & I haven’t been brave enough to try again. I bought a box of “Garnier Nutrisse Deep Burgundy #42,” thinking that this cannot go on *forever*…CAN it??? (And from the posts here, it sounds like it indeed can…) It’s hopeful the list of chemicals on Revlon & Garnier do look quite different. But I had really hoped for the hair loss to stop before I tried another color. But my ash brown/gray roots keep on growing longer (looking more bag lady-ish by the day…), & my increased rate of hair loss keeps on rolling…& I see no signs of regrowth.

    I have babied my hair with hair color-friendly products. I don’t wear my hair “up” in clips or bands anymore. I don’t wear hats or hair extensions. I have tried switching hair care products, & switching pillows from the new pillow I started using around the time this all started. All to no avail.

    I called Revlon’s helpline a few times for advice, & hit a wall of denial. Their people told me that what I am describing either “can’t happen with their hair color,” or “they don’t know,” or “It’s a medical issue. Go ask your Doctor – he is a highly trained medical physician, & he will know.” I’d love to call Revlon back & tell them that “I DID ‘go ask my Doctor’ – & he thinks it’s YOUR hair color…!” LOL Because he did. But that doesn’t explain why the loss *still* continues 2 months later. I find it all too coincidental that this “medical issue” Revlon points to arose with a vengeance around the time I began using their reddish hair shades. That aside, I do have some chronic environmental & food allergies (but they are nothing new), & there are men in my family who did go bald.
    So now I ask, why would the loss continue long after the color washed & grew out…? Can a cheap $3 hair color visibly manifest a latent medical issue hiding in the wings…? I’m not taking any new medications, & only a medicine called “Depakote” I took almost 20 years ago ever made my hair fall out at THIS pace. Not even allergy-related dandruff caused this kind of massive prolonged hair loss, & I have not experienced that dandruff or scalp irritation of any kind since I began using the Revlon colors. I am also not taking any new medications, drinking water in new locations, or under different kinds of stress. If stress alone could do this to me – I’d have lost all of my hair well before 30. :)

    About Fergie, I researched her a little, & I discovered she was a hardcore “crystal methamphetamine” addict for years in the last decade. I am wondering if perhaps either starting or stopping the meth did some funny things to her body’s biochemistry, & she started losing hair mass. Public figures do a lot of things with & to their hair, & she probably knows that most people, except maybe other women experiencing significant hair loss, probably will not truly recognize her issue, especially since it always looks that way. Before 2012, I wouldn’t have.

  • Lisa
    May 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I’m a bit obsessed by Fergie… because of her unique features, her talent, etc. And I NEVER noticed any hair loss under you pointed it out. I now can see that her hair is much thinner than I had previously thought, but I still don’t think much of her part line. I’ve had problems recently, upon suddenly having to deal with excema on my scalp, so I can relate to the suddenly noticeable part-line. But since I never put much thought into it before, I don’t have a personal comparison. On the up-side, I just found out I have an under-active thyroid; thus the multiple skin problems that have started in the last couple of years. So add a new doctor to my list, and a new medication. I’m actually happy to have a diagnosis of something that’s actually treatable! (I do understand becoming obsessed by these new problems though!)

  • me
    August 11, 2013 at 6:41 am

    sorry but I have to tell you.. it seams you’re speaking about a bald woman on a way with no return and without a light at the end of the tunnel :) a woman that should hide an hypothetical huge aesthetic problem, instead she looks fine, nothing strange to see, it is not so evidet as you think… the fact is that the persons who soffer of hair loss always tend to magnify the problem and to see it bigger then it really is, I know what I’m talking about because I’m a woman and I’ve been losing hair since I was 18 years old, now I’m 37. keep calm and try to be objective or you will ruin your existence for nothing when you still could avoid it
    sorry for my english, have a nice life!

  • SHaurya
    October 6, 2015 at 9:46 am

    IMO, Fergie looks very sexy in that hair. She carries it off with much oomph

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