In SummaryJada Pinkett Smith shared via Instagram that she has alopecia, but she’s not going to let it ruin her confidence.
Jada Pinkett Smith is known for being transparent on Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk, but she’s using a different platform to get candid about her experience with alopecia.
In an Instagram video, the Set It Off actress laughed as she, once again, confirmed she’s been struggling with alopecia, saying it’s getting difficult to hide so she felt it was best to go ahead and reveal her diagnosis.
Pinkett Smith, who is also the wife to Will Smith and mother to Jaden and Willow, made it clear she doesn’t plan to let her hair loss affect her confidence.
“Now at this point, I can only laugh. I mean y’all know I’ve been struggling with alopecia and just all of a sudden, one day … it just showed up like that,” she said while touching her scalp. “But you know, mama’s going to put some rhinestones in there and I’m just going to make me a little crown. That’s what mama’s going to do.”
Pinkett Smith has previously spoken up about her alopecia, describing the “terrifying” experience she had when she first discovered she was losing her hair in 2018, as reported by TODAY.
“My hair has been a big part of me,” she shared on Red Table Talk at the time. “Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual—and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, ‘Oh my God, I might not have that choice anymore.’”
Pinkett Smith said it “settled me” to think that all the “higher power” desired was her hair when he was taking so much from other people. In July of this year, the actress had her hair chopped—a decision she says she made after being inspired by her daughter Willow and her “Divinely lit” 50s.
Alopecia is an autoimmune condition in which your hair falls out in clumps the size and shape of a quarter, per WebMD. The degree of hair loss varies from person to person and can range from losing it in just a few places to suffering significant losses.
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, the disorder affects men and women of all ages and races, with 6.8 million Americans and 147 million individuals globally having or developing alopecia areata at some point in their life.
In the caption of her Instagram video Pinkett Smith said, “Me and this alopecia are going to be friends… period!” She sealed the deal with a lighthearted emoji.