Actress Jennifer Gray is not one to shy away from difficult subjects. She has been vocal about getting a nose job and how made her feel invisibleand she even wrote a memoir about her time in the limelight, Out of the corner, which debuted earlier this year. The 62-year-old is getting honest with himself Prevention about her hair loss the journey and how she restores her locks.
That Sexy dance star first noticed a change in her hair during the pandemic. “I didn’t know what to attribute it to — if it was because I didn’t cut my hair, because I didn’t go to salons, or because I didn’t dye my hair,” she says. “Or if I was just at home too much. I didn’t know what was going on.” Gray noticed that her ponytail was thinning and her hair was looking a little “glossy,” she says.
Having had voluminous curls for years, hair was an important part of Gray’s identity. “I’ve always had a lot of hair and I’ve always been known as the girl with a lot of hair,” she says. “It was something that just entered the room with me and in a way made an impression, but [now,] I didn’t go into any rooms and I didn’t make an impression, I was just in my house.”
When Gray was finally able to go to a salon, she consulted her hairdresser. Gray remembers telling her stylist, “I don’t know what happened to my hair. It just doesn’t feel good.” Still, she realized the change was subtle. “It wasn’t bald, there was nothing I could point to. I only mentioned it to my hairdresser because I trusted her and she told me I needed to see Harklinikken.”
There are so many hair loss treatments there they say they make best products for thin hair. But after consulting with her personal stylist, Gray decided to take a chance and have a consultation with the Harklinikken. Gray said she was hesitant at first … even skeptical. But when she met the founder of the brand, she changed her mind. “He looked at my hair and he explained to me what was going on…I knew right away that I was talking to someone who cared and who had dedicated his life to scalp health and hair loss treatment.”
Harklinikken founder Lars Skjøth explained to Gray that “hair health is completely dependent on scalp health.” She tells Prevention that the connection between scalp health and hair growth “never even occurred” to her. “The scalp is an extension of our skin that we love to take care of,” she says, “but I was using all these products and covering up the fact that my hair quality was declining.”
The hair clinic also explained that the changes Gray noticed in her hair were also age-related. And there is research to back this up. A study found that more than half of postmenopausal women will experience female pattern hair loss. “I never considered myself someone who would be a candidate for hair loss because I always had so much,” says Gray. She points out that she didn’t know how much of a problem her thinning hair had become until it started to improve. “I didn’t know what I was missing because [the hair loss] was so subtle and gradual.”
After her consultation with the brand, Gray says founder Lars Skjøth taught her to use three simple products to get her hair back on track. “It’s just a few products and it’s very simple,” says Gray. An interesting move that Gray was concerned about at first was wash your hair every day. But, she says, once her scalp was clean, she began to feel progress.
“I couldn’t believe the dramatic difference in the before and after pictures, the entire hairline filled in, my part got tighter and my hair just kept growing.”
Although she found her hair thinning while in isolation, Gray says that once quarantine restrictions were lifted, her hair felt better than ever. “I was alone during the pandemic and not really going out, but when I came out of the pandemic, my hair was ready.”
Now that Gray has seen the results for herself, she has become one of the many celebrity ambassadors for Harklinikkenand swear by their products.
Gray admits she’s been lucky in her own journey and says she doesn’t take anything for granted. “I’m happier because I’m older, I’m happier because I’m happier, and then I get the added bonus that my hair is better, it’s kind of like a cherry on top.” She says that “if you’re unhappy, your hair won’t make you happy. But if you’re happy, your hair can make you happier.”
When we asked Gray if she had any final words of wisdom for women who may be struggling with hair loss, she said “love yourself and keep loving yourself as you get older. You lose some things, but what you gain until further, what you lose makes up for it if you do it right and you know how to adapt.”
Now that’s a message worth repeating.
Madeleine, Prevention‘s assistant editor, has a history of health writing from her experience as an editorial assistant at WebMD and from her personal research at the university. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience – she helps create strategies for success across Prevention‘s social media platforms.