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Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss caused by alopecia areata

Jada shaved her head after going public about her battle with alopecia, a situation caused when the immune system will get out of whack and assaults hair follicles.

LOS ANGELES — Losing your hair isn’t any laughing matter, particularly when it is caused by a well being concern you may’t management. 

One of these circumstances known as alopecia areata, an auto-immune dysfunction that may trigger severe hair loss in adults and youngsters. 

Alopecia is the rationale behind actress Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald look. And the rationale husband Will Smith wasn’t amused when comic Chris Rock made a joke at her expense on the Oscars Sunday evening. 

Will marched as much as the stage and smacked Rock throughout the face.

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“Leave my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth,” Will shouted when he returned to his seat.

Alopecia was ‘terrifying’

Jada shaved her head in 2021 after going public with her struggle with alopecia, a situation caused when the immune system will get out of whack and assaults hair follicles.

She rocked the clean-shaven take a look at the Oscars Sunday evening, however attending to the place she may publicly embrace her situation hasn’t been a simple journey.

Jada first revealed her diagnosis in 2018 on her Red Table Talk together with her mother and daughter Willow, in accordance with CNN.

She stated it was “terrifying” when her hair began falling out in clumps. 

“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear,” she stated. “That’s why I cut my hair and continued to cut it.”

It’s not clear if comic Chris Rock knew about Jada’s alopecia when he made a “G.I Jane” joke. He later declined to press fees in opposition to Smith who received the very best actor Oscar for “King Richard.”  

How are you aware when you have alopecia?

It’s regular to lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day, however for most individuals, new hair is rising in on the similar time to exchange it, in accordance with Memorial Hermann in Houston.

“Hair is in a constant recycling, with growth, resting and shedding,” stated Dr. Christopher Levert with Memorial Hermann Medical Group.

While baldness — or alopecia — is extra frequent in males, a few third of girls may have hair loss, according to Harvard Medical School. 

Common causes of hair loss embody:

  • Family historical past or heredity
  • Hormonal modifications
  • Medicines or dietary supplements
  • Trauma to the physique caused by surgical procedure or childbirth
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Poor vitamin
  • Hairstyles and coverings

Alopecia areata causes patchy baldness wherever on the physique, together with the scalp, beard, eyebrows, eyelashes, armpits, nostril or ears. In uncommon circumstances, folks lose all the hair on their physique. 

A research by Harvard confirmed Black and Hispanic girls within the U.S. have a a lot larger probability of growing alopecia areata. 

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is one other public determine who has spoken brazenly about alopecia. The Massachusetts Democrat stated she felt compelled to go public to free herself of the disgrace of her situation and supply true transparency to all of the folks empowered by her hair type, AP reported in 2020.

“I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I felt embarrassed. I felt ashamed. I felt betrayed,” Pressley stated. “And then I also felt that I was participating in a cultural betrayal because of all the little girls who write me letters, come up to me, take selfies with me. Hashtag twist nation.”

WATCH: Rep. Ayanna Pressley on battle with alopecia (aired in 2020)

Symptoms and causes of alopecia areata

The National Alopecia Areata Association says the situation impacts about 2% of the inhabitants, or as many as nearly 7 million Americans, in accordance with AP.

About 65% of sufferers expertise their first episode of alopecia areata earlier than the age of 16, in accordance with Texas Children’s Hospital.

It will be genetic, however may also be triggered by stress or thyroid points, TCH says.

Contact your physician in case you discover these signs.

  • Sudden dramatic and patchy hair loss wherever on the physique
  • Hair popping out in clumps once you wash it, brush it or gently pull it
  • Some may have burning or stinging earlier than sudden hair loss 
  • About 20% of people that have alopecia areata, additionally report modifications of their nails, in accordance with the American Academy of Dermatology. This can embody crimson or brittle nails, ridges and roughness.

There’s no identified treatment for this autoimmune dysfunction, however there are remedies out there.

“We have many treatments to help with hair loss. The sooner they are used, the more successful they’ll generally be,” Dr. Levert stated.

Sudden hair loss may also be an indication of different well being circumstances so see your physician if it occurs to you.

Help for adults, kids with alopecia 

These are a few of the resources can be found for folks with alopecia. The organizations are devoted to elevating consciousness and providing help.

 Locks of Love: The non-profit gives high quality hairpieces to financially deprived kids. 

Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP)

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

VERIFY: Why do people go bald (initially aired in 2019)

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