A woman’s hair is her crowning glory, or so they say. Which is why hair loss like alopecia for leading ladies like Jada Pinkett Smith is a sore and sensitive point.
The actress was embarrassed by Oscars host Chris Rock on Sunday night after he commented on her bald head. But the star’s shaven look had nothing to do with a so-called GI Jane remake – or even a fashion statement.
In January, Jada inspired her Instagram followers after she revealed she was trying to “be friends” with alopecia.
But Jada isn’t the only female to suffer from the condition which causes bald spots.
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In an Instagram post last week, singer Skolopad opened up about her alopecia after years of wearing wigs.
She captioned the clip of her baring her bald head: “Self-love starts with you then the rest will follow…If I don’t accept it, I’ll [be] heart broken”.
The former supermodel told the Wall Street Journal that stress caused her to develop alopecia which resulted in numerous bald spots.
The America’s Next Top Model founder even inspired a “bald is beautiful” photoshoot in season six of the series.
The actress spoke about her hair loss struggles on her YouTube channel.
In one episode, the wife of Kabelo Mabalane, revealed her alopecia diagnosis inspired her to motivate others. She said: “This was bigger than me losing my hair…I knew I had to cut it, and I knew I had to be public about it.
“I knew that this was a sensitive conversation for women, but also a necessary one, and I really wanted to create a platform where we as women can come together and talk about. And that’s why I decided to start this little mini-series”.
The actress told The Daily Mail that she started losing her hair when she was as young as 23.
Later, she was diagnosed with alopecia due to a divorce she was going through as well as several scary stalker encounter
She said: “At 23, I developed alopecia. I was horribly overworked and going through a divorce. Also, I had stalkers and started receiving threatening mail. I was so distressed by it all that my hair started falling out. Life hasn’t always been a bowl of cherries.”
The former Little Mix member confessed to experiencing hair loss from as young as 13.
As a teen, Jesy revealed she was bullied because of her alopecia, which caused noticeable bald spots from stress.
She told Fabulous magazine: “I was probably about 13 when my hair just started coming out. Stress can cause alopecia, and it wasn’t nice. I got picked on because I’ve always liked to dress differently. I’ve never really wanted to fit in with everyone else.”