Female hair loss for whatever reason seems to a taboo topic.
First things first, what causes hair loss in women? There are a multitude of causes for hair loss in females from post-partum, cancer, alopecia and stress to even over dyeing.
Statistics say that one in four women experience hair loss at some point in their lifetime. These statistics are way to high to NOT talk about female hair loss!
So let’s break down the stigma and discuss some high profile celebrities who have come forward about their hair loss journey.
Ariana Grande Developed Hair Loss
In 2010 the Nickelodeon show Victorious premiered with a bright fiery red headed Ariana Grande as the character, Cat. In order to keep up with the signature Cat hair color, Grande had to dye her hair every other week!
This over dying of course damaged her hair and caused it to start falling out. This is actually a direct correlation to the iconic Ariana Grande ponytail hairstyle.
Due to the hair loss and breakage from dyeing, Grande had to find someway to wear her hair that wouldn’t cause more damage and could cover up the extensions.
Viola Davis Has Alopecia Areata
When Viola Davis was 28, she lost half of her hair due to her diagnosis with alopecia areata.
Now, what is alopecia areata? According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other part of the body as well. It is more common of a disease that one would think, and it is one of the forms of alopecia that contributes to a lot of cases of female hair loss.
In Vulture’s 14-Step Guide to Happiness with Viola Davis, the actress states, “I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash of bald on the top of my head,” she says. “I was like, What is this? Until I found out it was stress related”.
After the realization of her hair loss, Davis wore wigs all the time. She wore them in the pool, working out, anytime she was in public. This was until she realized that she didn’t have to hide her female hair loss and she wore her natural hair at the 2012 Oscars.
Now Davis only wears wigs when she wants to, not because she feels like she has to.
Jada Pinkett Smith Has Alopecia
When you think of Jada Pinkett Smith, you might picture her with her short hairstyle that she has rocked for quite a while. Did you know that she cut her hair and continues to do so because she developed alopecia?
The actress and mother realized that she most likely had female hair loss because handfuls of hair would come out of her head in the shower. Like anyone would, Pinkett-Smith started to panicked and feared she was going bald.
After some internal healing and the realization that she has no control over the situation, her worry began to settle and she started to look at the situation in a new light. She began wearing hair scarves on her head and in an interview with BBC News; she stated that the head wrap made her “…feel like a queen”.
Female hair loss is not a taboo topic!
It is something that many women, no matter their walk of life have to face. If we as a community create a positive and open dialogue we can end the stigma surrounding of hair loss in women one strand at a time!