Gail Porter looks stunning as she shows off her first ever wig with flowing blonde locks after losing her hair due to alopecia

Gail Porter looked stunning as she showed off her first ever wig on Wednesday.

The television personality, 52, took to her Instagram to share snaps after a trip to the salon as she gushed she ‘adored her new hair’.

Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia (hair loss) in 2005, with the star seeing her TV work dry up at the time after she refused to wear wigs and she later found herself homeless. 

In the post she sported perfect, flowing blonde locks as she posed up a storm while thanking the salon team.

She penned in her post: ‘First wig ever!! Well, one that’s coming home with me and the cat! Made with so much love and care ❤️.

Gail is seen in December 2023

Gail Porter looked stunning as she showed off her first ever wig on Wednesday (seen right in December 2023)

The television personality, 52, took to her Instagram to share snaps after a trip to the salon as she gushed she 'adored her new hair'

The television personality, 52, took to her Instagram to share snaps after a trip to the salon as she gushed she ‘adored her new hair’

‘Thank you so so much to everyone @amberjeanshop at Adore my new hair! X.’

Last year Gail shared a heartfelt message on Instagram as she insisted ‘nothing can break me’ after losing her eyebrows and eyelashes to alopecia again.

She took to the social media site to say she was ‘lucky’ despite her troubles, offering words of encouragement to people going through the same thing. 

She wrote: ‘Well… alopecia had a good old go at me again. Eyebrows and eyelashes gone again… but, absolutely nothing can break me and I know I’m a very lucky human.

‘More than a million more important things in this world, but anyone that does get scared about losing your hair… you’ve got this. Believe me.’

Describing herself as looking like the moon on Twitter, she posted a picture of Earth’s natural satellite and wrote: ‘Damn. Eyelashes and eyebrows have all decided to leave me. Hey ho.’

The broadcaster added: ‘It’s happened before… so positive thinking and a lot of trips to @MACcosmetics for lashes!’

Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, with the star seeing her TV work dry up at the time after she refused to wear wigs and she later found herself homeless.

In the post she sported perfect, flowing blonde locks as she posed up a storm while thanking the salon team

In the post she sported perfect, flowing blonde locks as she posed up a storm while thanking the salon team

 

She penned in her post: 'First wig ever!! Well, one that's coming home with me and the cat! Made with so much love and care ❤️'

She penned in her post: ‘First wig ever!! Well, one that’s coming home with me and the cat! Made with so much love and care ❤️’

Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia (hair loss) in 2005, with the star seeing her TV work dry up at the time after she refused to wear wigs and she later found herself homeless

Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia (hair loss) in 2005, with the star seeing her TV work dry up at the time after she refused to wear wigs and she later found herself homeless 

She was at the height of her career in the 90s, hosting shows including Top Of The Pops, and The Big Breakfast.

Gail has credited her daughter Honey, 20, who she shares with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave, for ‘saving her life’. Gail and Dan married in 2001 but split in 2005.

She previously explained on the Sacrifice and Success podcast: ‘My personality took a bit of a knock. Jobs just stopped, because you don’t look the same. ‘Would you wear a wig, would you mind wearing a wig?’ No I don’t want to wear a wig. This is how it is.  

She added: ‘I was going through a divorce, no money coming in. So eventually I had nowhere to stay. It just went from bad to worse. Things like, what do you do? Do I drink? I’ve got no clue whatsoever, I don’t take drugs so…’

Gail continued: ‘I had loads of great friends but it was getting embarrassing, because I’m in my forties. My daughter’s staying at her dads.

‘I’ve got no money, I’ve got no work, I’m sleeping on people’s couches. It was like the Young Ones. I didn’t think I was going to be like this at my age.

‘This is why you don’t take everything for granted. You must always remember how lucky you are and be extremely kind. ‘

Gail recalled that at one point, she also did not have enough credit on her phone to be able to get in contact with anyone.  

‘So there were a few times I didn’t have enough money on my phone to call anybody,’ she added.

‘If I found a pound I was thinking, what do I do with a pound? I’ll see if I can find another one and get a mini bottle of wine from the local off license or those little ones.

Last year Gail shared a heartfelt message on Instagram as she insisted 'nothing can break me' after losing her eyebrows and eyelashes to alopecia again

Last year Gail shared a heartfelt message on Instagram as she insisted ‘nothing can break me’ after losing her eyebrows and eyelashes to alopecia again

The presenter was at the height of her career when she was diagnosed with alopecia, hosting shows including Top Of The Pops, Children In Need and The Big Breakfast (pictured with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave in 2001)

The presenter was at the height of her career when she was diagnosed with alopecia, hosting shows including Top Of The Pops, Children In Need and The Big Breakfast (pictured with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave in 2001) 

‘Anything for comfort. I was freezing as well, because I was outside.’

The TV star was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2011 and admitted that she was motivated by her daughter to ‘save her own life’, as she later sought treatment.

She said: ‘I went to rehab for my depression, self-harming, if I didn’t have Honey I wouldn’t be here. One hundred percent. I would not be here. But I thought, I could not do that to my daughter at all.’  

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WHAT IS ALOPECIA?

Alopecia, which causes baldness, is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. The immune system – the body’s defense system – turns on itself.

What are the symptoms?

‘Typically, one or more small bald patches, about the size of a 50p piece, appear on the scalp. The hair can start to regrow at one site, while another bald patch develops. Hair may also begin to thin all over the head,’ says Marilyn Sherlock, chairman of the Institute of Trichologists. 

What causes it?

‘For some reason, the body’s immune system begins to attack its own hair follicles. Special white blood cells in the body, known as T-lymphocytes, cause the hair to stop growing,’ she adds.

Can worry make it worse?

Stress has been shown to prolong the problem. 

Is it an inherited condition?

There is strong evidence to suggest that alopecia, like other auto-immune diseases, runs in families. About 25 per cent of patients have a family history of the disorder. 

Who gets it?

Alopecia areata usually affects teenagers and young adults, but it can affect people of any age. It is just as common among men as women. 

Is there a cure?

There is no known cure, although there are various treatments which may be effective for some people.

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