Not many women are comfortable admitting they struggle with hair loss. Perhaps this is what makes Jada Pinkett Smith’s recent acknowledgment that she suffers from alopecia so powerful.
Jada Pinkett Smith is an actress and celebrity. Her career began back in the 1990s with guest appearances on the popular sitcom “In Living Color.” Her most recent work includes her role on the TV series “Gotham.” On her new Facebook show, Red Table Talk, Jada opened up about how she is suffering from alopecia. She recalled being in the shower and finding large clumps of hair in her hands. The subsequent discovery of her condition has been an emotional challenge that she decided to share in the hopes of helping others who are also suffering from hair loss.
What Is Alopecia?
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body attacks itself in some way. With alopecia, the body attacks its hair follicles, leading to hair loss. The amount of hair you lose varies from person to person, with some people suffering only minor hair loss and others experiencing complete baldness on the head. This condition can affect both men and women.
What Causes It?
As Jada Pinkett Smith explains, there is often no clear answer to what causes alopecia. Pinkett Smith’s doctors have not determined what has caused her hair loss, but their best guess so far is that stress is to blame. Stress is often a significant factor when it comes to hair loss, particularly when the body is under a combination of emotional and physical stress. For example, pregnancy, eating disorders or drastic dieting, divorce, and death of a loved one are some of the most common examples of the types of stress that could cause hair loss. Other causes of hair loss include medications such as oral contraceptives or blood thinners, as well as poor nutrition, and genetics.
The good news is that people like Jada Pinkett Smith are starting the conversation about hair loss in ways that can help others who are afflicted feel empowered.
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