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Hair loss: Jada Pinkett Smith reveals alopecia battle

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Smith says wearing a headscarf makes her feel empowered
Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about her struggle with hair loss in the latest episode of her Facebook chat show, Red Table Talk."I've been getting a lot of questions about why I've been wearing this turban," the 46-year-old actress said."Well, I've been having issues with hair loss. And it was terrifying when it first started."Doctors have not identified a cause but Smith believes it may be stress-related.The Girls Trip star says she first suspected she had the hair loss disease after "handfuls of hair" came loose in the shower.
"I was just like 'Oh my god am I going bald[/img]
Her comments feature in the third episode of her Facebook mini-series, co-hosted by her mother Adrienne Canfield Norris, and teenage daughter Willow Smith.Other topics discussed have included coping with loss, motherhood and body image - with Willow previously disclosing she self-harmed as a child following the release of her debut single Whip My Hair in 2010.
Jada's daughter Willow had a hit single in 2010 with Whip My Hair
Smith admitted she finds her hair loss "difficult to talk about" as taking care of it used to be a "beautiful ritual".However, she said, the fate of her body lies in a "higher power" and that accepting it has helped her find perspective to deal with the emotional impact of alopecia."People are out here with cancer, with sick children… I watch the higher power take things every day," she said, adding her hair loss pales by comparison. "When I looked at it from that perspective it did settle me."As a result of the physical changes, Smith begun wearing scarves on her head, which she said act as an empowering fashion choice."When my hair is wrapped, I feel like a queen," she said.Read more:
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