Actress-screenwriter Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from autoimmune disorder alopecia, has been open about dealing with hair loss for years. But she’s not letting it bring her down. The disease attacks hair follicles resulting in bald spots and hair loss.
The 50-year-old actress shared a video showing off one of the bare scalp patches that she’s simply embracing.
“Now at this point, I can only laugh,” Pinkett Smith 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.”
With a laugh, Pinkett Smith continued: “So it just showed up like that and this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide. So I thought I’d just share it so y’all are not asking any questions.”
The actress says that she prefers to put a positive spin on her hair loss.
“But you know mama’s going to put some rhinestones in there. I’m going to make me a little crown. That’s what mama’s going to do,” Pinkett Smith said.
She captioned her Instagram video saying: “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!.”
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In 2018, Pinkett Smith opened up about her “issues with hair loss” during an episode of Red Table Talk, explaining, “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?’