Jada Pinkett Smith opens up about having alopecia which causes bald spots, hair loss


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'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?’” Jada Pinkett Smith said in a 2018 interview. Photo: AP

Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head isn’t due to a hairstyle trend.

The Emmy Award winner is suffering from alopecia, an autoimmune disorder which causes bald spots and hair loss.

Pinkett Smith opened up about having the disease in a video shared on social media recently.

“Now at this point, I can only laugh,” she said as she ran her finger across a bald line patch along the center of her scalp. “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.

“So it just showed up like that and this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide,” the 50-year-old Matrix Resurrections star added. “So, I thought I’d just share it so y’all are not asking any questions.”

Rolling with the punches, Pinkett Smith plans to get creative with her new ‘do: “Mama’s going to put some rhinestones in there. I’m going to make me a little crown.”

The Red Table Talk producer and co-host cheekily captioned the clip, “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!”

During a 2018 episode of the award-winning talk show, Pinkett Smith opened up about her “issues with hair loss” revealing that “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?’” she recalled.

According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, as many as 6.8 million people in the United States – and 147 million people worldwide – are affected by the disease.

Alopecia areata occurs when the immune system attacks hair follicles, and may be brought on by severe stress.

No cure for the condition is known but treatments include oral and injectable medications. – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service

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