After Severe Hair Loss Stayed For 30 Years, Ricki Lake Shaves Her Head

51-year-old Ricki Lake, the former talk show host posted her photos of shaved head on instagram and explained why she did this big change to her appearance.

She began her caption with “Liberated, and Free, Me”. Then, she added: “First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis, nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering. Suffering mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years. AND I am finally ready to share my secret.”

Lake explained her struggle with severe hair loss for most of her adult life as she stated: “It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things,”

Lake believes that sharing her struggle may be an inspiration for others not tolose hope or surrender to their insecurities.

Lake claimed that her hair is not the same since she played Tracy Turnbald in Hairspray in 1988, as her virgin healthy hair was damaged during filming.

“In my case, I believe my hair loss was due to many factors, yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions. Working as talent on various shows and movies, whether [Dancing With the Stars] or my talk show, also took its toll on my fine hair.” Also added, Yes, that was all my own hair in the film.) From Hairspray to Hairless”

Lake stated that she were using extensions during the past 10 years, and that she tried wigs as well, but they were hard for her to get used to, as it felt totally fake and uncomfortable. Also, she claimed that she tried everything, doctors, dieting and even steroid shots. Her hair recovers and then fall again.

Lake received many heartwarming encouragement comments just after she posted these photos.

 

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Liberated and Free, Me. First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering. Suffering mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years. AND I am finally ready to share my secret. Deep breath Ricki…. Here goes….. I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life. It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing. Not even my therapist/s over the years knew my truth. I know that by sharing my truth, I will be striking a chord with so so many women and men. I am not alone in this and my goal is to help others while at the same time unshackle myself from this quiet hell I have been living in. Ever since I played Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray back in 1988 and they triple-processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every 2 weeks during filming, my hair was never the same. (Yes, that was all my own hair in the film.) From Hairspray to Hairless. 🙁 In my case, I believe my hair loss was due to many factors, yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions. Working as talent on various shows and movies, whether DWTS or my talk show, also took its toll on my fine hair. I got used to wearing extensions, really just over the last decade. All different kinds, tried them all, the ones that are glued on, the tape-ins, the clip ins, and then into a total hair system that I hated, and finally to a unique solution that really did work pretty well for me for the last 4 or 5 years. I tried wigs on a few occasions but never could get used to them. It all felt fake and I was super self-conscious and uncomfortable. I’ve been to many doctors, gotten steroid shots in my head, taking all the supplements and then some. My hair would recover and then shed again. It was maddening. To read more: please go to my Facebook page. ❤️

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