Hair Loss: Female Celebrities Talk About the Pain of Going Bald | Showbiz

American actress Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. – AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, March 29 — Female hair loss is painful, depressing and embarrassing, according to Jada Pinkett Smith and other celebrities who have gone public with their feelings.

The topic surged into the public consciousness after Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about Pinkett Smith’s lack of hair at the Oscars.

Pinkett Smith first spoke in 2018 about her diagnosis of alopecia, a medical term referring to hair loss.

“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear,” the actress and director said on her online show. Red table discussion.

“And that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Am I going bald?'”

Democrat MP Ayanna Pressley, who went public with her diagnosis in 2020, took to Twitter yesterday.

“Let’s talk about what it’s like to live with #alopecia,” she posted. “The deeply vulnerable and difficult times that our families see. Message of appreciation for those who hold us back and support us when we are at our lowest points. They see us fully.

As Hollywood moves toward a healthier balance between female beauty ideals and lived reality, more and more actresses have begun to speak out about the impact of losing their hair – due to stress, changes hormones after childbirth and even Covid-19.

“It’s not very glamorous, but it’s true: I have to take longer showers so I can catch the hair that falls out and throw it away so it doesn’t clog the drain. Why do actresses never talk about this? Selma Blair told People magazine in 2011 after giving birth.

Alyssa Milano, who says she lost her hair after being infected with coronavirus, said it affected her whole sense of self.

“It’s hard, especially when you’re an actor and a lot of your identity is wrapped up in these things like having long, silky hair and clean skin.”

Actress Ricki Lake wrote on Instagram in 2020 that she had battled hair loss all her life.

“It’s been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all of those things. There were a few times where I even felt suicidal because of it.

Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis said she tried to hide the effects of her alopecia with wigs.

“I had a wig that I wore at home. I had a wig that I wore to events. I had a wig that I wore when I worked out,” she told an interviewer.

“I never showed my natural hair…I was so desperate that people thought I was beautiful.”

Davis, who has been more open about the subject over the past decade, even included it in the “How to Get Away with Murder” series, when her character, a willing lawyer and teacher, takes off her wig exposing her hair. very short .

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) yesterday called on more people to learn about the condition.

He said alopecia areata, a specific type of baldness caused by an autoimmune disease that often causes hair to fall out in clumps, affects about seven million people in the United States and about 147 million worldwide.

“It can be unpredictable and cause significant physical, emotional/mental, psychosocial and financial burdens – and there is no cure, effective treatment or standard of care,” the NAAF said.

“Alopecia areata does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any age and can be a temporary or permanent condition. Many people living with the disease are suffering, and we must do better to support this community and break down the stigma, discrimination and societal barriers that persist. —AFP

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