Actress Hair Falling Out: Why January Jones' Problem May Be Different Than She Thinks

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on January 28, 2013 5:57 PM EST

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Actress Hair Falling Out: What Is January Jones Doing To Fix The Problem? [VIDEO]

When the words "actress hair falling out" started to make their way around the Internet earlier today, fans became panicked that "Mad Men" star January Jones could have cancer.

CLICK START ABOVE TO SEE JONES' DIFFERENT HAIRSTYLES

Thankfully, that's not the case. Nevertheless, the blond beauty says her hair is falling out at a maddening rate - which may be why the mom of one had such a cropped cut last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The culprit? Hair dyeing, she says.

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"I have been every color, and now my hair is falling out in clumps," the actress told Grazia Daily at the Sundance Film Festival. "I'm going to have to shave it off and wear a wig," she said. 

There could be another reason, though. When women are pregnant their hair tends to get thicker and longer. That is because higher hormone levels prevent regular hair loss. Prenatal vitamins also contribute to hair growth.

After pregnancy, when a woman's hormone levels and vitamin intake go back to normal, hair loss starts to occur at a more rapid rate. New moms frequently recount tales of clumps of hair in the shower drain. For a period of time, this can result in thinner or patchy hair. 

The timetable is different for everyone. For some women, the hair loss will last for a month or two. For others, it could last for a year or more.

Jones gave birth to her son, Xander, in Sept. 2011. Though it's been over a year, doctors say it is possible the actress is still experiencing pregnancy-related hair loss.

"I like [my hair] in all colors, it makes you feel different according to what color it is, but I prefer to be blond," the actress told Grazia. "My son recognizes me in photos when I am blond."

Jones shocked fans last night at the SAG Awards when she showed up with an edgy Prabal Gurung dress, choppy 'do and dark brows. The actress has worked hard to shed her good-girl, 1960s image. As a result, she has often seemed like a chameleon on the red carpet, constantly changing her hair color and style.

"I didn't get treated differently when I was redheaded, but when I went dark for a few months, I was suddenly invisible," Jones told the magazine. "Not just as a celebrity, but to my friends and family. I was like, 'Come on you guys, it's me!"'

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