Opening up on her podcast We Need To Talk, Street tells listeners that a combination of drugs she was on to medicate her Churg-Strauss syndrome “literally sizzled” her hair during her 30s.
“I had a thick, glossy mane, which I used to straighten within an inch of its life, tie it up when it was wet. And by damn, I didn’t know what I had until it was gone,” she recalls.
“It fell out in clumps, changed its colour, and it was like a coarse piece of straw. It was so bad, I had to cut it all off in a bob, which I’d never had in my life, and I wore hairpieces to thicken it out when I was hosting Seven Sharp on TVNZ ... I [felt] like I wasn’t going to get my hair back.”
Speaking on the podcast, Clark admits Street’s hair was “the worst I’ve ever seen”.
Street explains that she was left with a “weird crittery-type fringe ... and it was kind of sticking up because it was so coarse. I was having to clip it like I was 5 again, just so that I could manage it.
“It was certainly the worst my hair had been in my life, so I’m very thankful to have it back in a sort of credible state now. I’m getting there.”
So, what can cause such extensive hair damage and loss?
Clark explains it can be down to stress, medication, or overdoing it with the heat styling or colour treatment.
“My story is not actually an isolated story,” Street shares.
“If you’re someone like me that had hair you just didn’t know what to do with, hopefully this has given you a bit of inspiration today that you can get it back, it can be back to nearly its former glory of when you were young, when you didn’t appreciate it.”
The radio host was diagnosed with Churg-Strauss syndrome after she became seriously unwell following the birth of her second child with husband Matt France.
She had her gall bladder removed and has been on permanent medication to manage the incurable condition ever since.
By Bethany Reitsma