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Ricki Lake Reveals Hair Loss ‘hell’

By – Ubong Ekpo

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Iconic 90’s T.V. host and actress Ricki Lake ushered in the New Year with a brand new sense of self confidence.

On her Instagram page, she shared a picture with her hair surprisingly in a buzz cut. She revealed she’s been battling debilitating hair loss for nearly the past thirty years.

MIDLIFE OBESITY, NOT DIET OR INACTIVITY, LINKED TO LONG-TERM DEMENTIA RISK

The first words of the caption of her picture say, ‘Liberated and Free, Me.”

Struggles with her appearance unfortunately are not new to the ‘ Hairspray” actress.

It is known that Lake was 200 pounds at the time of landing the role of Tracy Turnblad in the original 1988 film adaptation of ‘Hairspray’.

Lake continues on in her Instagram post stating ,

“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 attributes the hair loss to various factors,from the constant hair alterations of glue ins, hair dyeing, to the more natural causes such as various diets and fluctuating weight.

Lake states this dates back to the beginning of her career, when she landed the Hairspray role and continuing throughout her talk show’s tenure,

“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.”

Lake has made numerous attempts over the years to rectify her hair condition, stating in her lenghty post,

“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,”

Lake has expressed even having suicidal thoughts in relation to her hair loss struggle.

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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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Hair loss is a very personal and difficult condition for anyone to endure. Couple that in with the standards of beauty that women worldwide have been conditioned into and it can quite a hurtful journey.

What makes Lake’s decision to share this part of her life with the public is how relatable the struggle is. She shares these sentiments in her post

“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.”

Her Instagram post has already received over 40k likes and thousands of shares and reaction on other social media outlets like Facebook.

Ricki Lake has gone through so many phases in her life and career. The majority of her adult life has played out in the public eye and we’ve seen the evolution of the actress and T.V. host. , with her new found courage, Ricki Lake has taken the 2020’s by its very early horns.

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