Matrix resurrections Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about her experience with alopecia in a candid new video.
While showing off hair loss at the top of her head on Instagram, Jada explained that she hadn’t had “brain surgery” and that it was just her alopecia.
WATCH Jada talk about her condition in the video above
“Now at this point I can only laugh. I mean, you all know I’ve struggled with alopecia and all of a sudden one day – look at this line here – look at this, “she said, touching her scalp.
“And so, it just turned out like that.
“Now this is going to be a little harder for me to hide, so I thought I would share it so you don’t ask any questions,” the actor continued.
“But you know, mom is going to put some rhinestones on it and I’m just going to make myself a little crown. That’s what mom is going to do.
the Red table talk The host captioned the post, “Mum’s gonna have to go after the scalp so nobody thinks she’s had brain surgery or something… Me and this alopecia are going to be friends… period. final! 😆. “
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, alopecia areata is a “disease that develops when the body attacks its own hair follicles (from which hair grows), which can cause hair loss anywhere on the body. the body”.
This is not the first time that Jada has talked about alopecia.
In 2018, the actor detailed the “terrifying” feeling she felt when she first learned that she was losing her hair.
“It was terrifying when it started,” Jada said on Red table talk at the time.
“I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair in my hands. And I was just like, ‘Oh my God, am I going bald?’ It was one of those times in my life when I was literally shaking with fear.
It took a while for Jada to figure out what was happening to her and she admitted that she saw her hair as an extension of her identity.
“My hair has been a big part of me,” she said previously.
“Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual – and having the choice of whether or not to have hair. And then one day I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I might not have that choice anymore.’ “
Jada said she stopped worrying about her hair once she started to put things from a “spiritual perspective.”
“Higher power takes so many people. There are people here who have cancer, people have sick children, ”she said. “And what the hell, if the Higher Power wants to take your hair, is that all?” … When I looked at it from that point of view, it really suited me. “
In July, Jada had her hair shaved, a move she said she did after her daughter, Willow Smith, inspired her to do so.
When she launched her new look on Instagram, she wrote: “Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT… my 50s are about to be divinely lit with this shed. “
Willow Smith was supportive of her mother and wrote on Instagram at the time, “A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and in the right place, and when nothing is expected in return.”