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Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Struggle With Alopecia

Jake Massey

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Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Struggle With Alopecia

Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about her struggle with alopecia. Watch here:


The actor - who has been fighting hair loss for years - shared a video on Instagram in which she revealed a new bald area on her scalp.

"Now at this point, I can only laugh," The Matrix star said as she ran her finger across the bald strip.

"Y'all know I've been struggling with alopecia and just all of a sudden one day, look at this line right here. Look at that."

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out - for some it is extensive and continuous, in others it is patchy and temporary.

Pinkett Smith, 50, continued: "So it just showed up like that. Now this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide.

"So I thought I'd just share it so you're not asking any questions, but you know mama is gonna put some rhinestones in there.

"I'm going to make me a little crown. That's what mama's going to do."

Pinkett Smith has been open about her alopecia. Credit: Instagram/Jada Pinkett Smith
Pinkett Smith has been open about her alopecia. Credit: Instagram/Jada Pinkett Smith

Captioning the post, she indicated that she plans to embrace the condition as best she can.

She wrote: "Mama's gonna have to take it down to the scalp so nobody thinks she got brain surgery or something.

"Me and this alopecia are going to be friends… period!"

Pinkett Smith was inspired by her 21-year-old daughter Willow Smith (who she shares with husband Will Smith) to buzz off her hair back in the summer.

In a post on Instagram, Pinkett Smith explained: "Willow made me do it because it was time to let go.

"BUT …my 50's are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed."

Pinkett Smith has previously discussed her hair loss on her talk show, Red Table Talk.

Speaking in 2018, she said: "It was terrifying when it first started.

"I was in the shower one day and had 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 where I was literally shaking in fear. That's why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Celebrity

Jake Massey
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