Is Meghan Markle Losing Her Hair?

Meghan Markle hair loss

The Case of Meghan Markle's thinning hair

Since marrying Prince Harry, Hollywood actress, Meghan Markle, has become a well known name in the United Kingdom, and some would argue for the wrong reasons.

Despite her loathing for the press, the Duchess of Sussex has constantly been in the headlines of late, which means we've go to see a whole lot more of her than ever before. 

During her time in the spotlight, many people have noticed a slight case of thinning hair, in and around the top of her scalp. This has led many fans to ask what is causing Meghan's hair to fall out. 

In this post, we'll go through the likely reasons why Meghan's hair is clearly thinning, and explain what is causing the bald patches on her scalp. 

What is the cause of Meghan Markle's hair loss?

The most likely hair loss type is traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is caused by repeatedly pulling on the hair. This condition can develop through wearing buns, ponytails, and even from manual pulling on the hair - usually influenced by stress. 

Fortunately, traction alopecia can be reversed, but the issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible, because it is something that can become permanent.

By looking at Meghan's hair, it appears that traction alopecia is the main cause of the patchiness on her scalp. The pattern of the bald patches, and the area of thinning, both demonstrate clear signs of traction alopecia. Meghan also tends to tie her hair back into buns and ponytails, which further enhances the theory than her hair loss is the result of traction alopecia. 

Meghan Markle traction alopecia

This condition is also common in African-American women (Markle is mixed race), although it can affect people of any ethnicity.  Although the condition can affect people of any age, it’s more likely to happen as you get older because your hair becomes more damaged the longer you pull on it. Meghan is in her 40s, which is a common age for traction alopecia to occur. 

There are some other possible causes of Meghan's hair loss, such as androgenic alopecia (female pattern baldness), postpartum hair loss, and even seasonal shedding. 

Many women experience hair loss in their 40s, therefore Meghan's thinning could be a mixture of the mentioned factors. We will know more about the cause of Meghan's hair loss condition in the coming years.

If it worsens, then it could be down to female pattern baldness, but if her hair grows in, then it's more likely to be a case of a temporary hair loss type such as traction alopecia, or postpartum hair loss. 

How to prevent Traction Alopecia? 

To prevent traction alopecia from progressing, it would be wise to avoid tying the hair back. If you have to pull it up into a ponytail or bun, keep it loose and low on your head.

Traction alopecia can also be caused by wearing wigs and hair extensions, therefore it would be a good idea to lessen the usage of these types of hair systems, and to also lower the heat on devices such as hairdryers and hair straighteners. 

If you are stressed, and constantly pulling on your strands, then obviously you will need to find a way to avoid pulling on your hair. Stress can be hugely damaging to the hair, so lowering your stress levels through meditation, healthy eating, exercise, and yoga, can be hugely beneficial to your locks. 

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Best Treatment for traction alopecia 

To treat traction alopecia, first consider seeing a dermatologist or a trichologist. The doctor will examine your scalp. He or she might take a sample of tissue called a biopsy to look for other possible causes of hair loss.

As already mentioned, the main treatment for traction alopecia is to avoid wearing your hair in a tight style, especially overnight. Also, avoid wearing braids and platting your hair. 

Your doctor might prescribe one of these treatments for traction alopecia:
  • Steroids to bring down swelling on your scalp
  • Antifungal shampoos (ketoconazole) 
  • Minoxidil (Regaine/Rogaine) to regrow hair
  • Hair supplements (HR23+) to strengthen your hair


Traction alopecia is reversible, but it needs to be treated as quickly as possible - the earlier you treat it, the more hair you'll keep. If you stop wearing your hair in the tight hairstyle that caused it, your hair will grow back normally. But if you continue styling your hair the same way, the hair loss can be permanent.

If you suffer from any type of hair loss, then seek treatments. There is no cure for hair loss, but there are some treatments (medical and non-medical) that can help reduce hair fall, and promote the function of healthy hair growth. 

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