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Updated: Jul 31, 2022

Millions of people worldwide were shocked after watching Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. Will Smith slapped Rock because he cracked a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and made fun of her hair.

Jada Pinkett Smith is a famous American actress. She was diagnosed with a hair loss condition called alopecia. Mrs. Smith revealed her health condition in 2018. Today’s article will discuss the story behind Jada’s bald hairstyle and alopecia, a condition that affects her. Read on!

Jada Pinkett Smith About Alopecia

Pinkett Smith appeared in the 2018 episode of “Red Table Talk” and revealed that her bald hair style is due to alopecia. Pinkett said that alopecia caused stress and gave her unpleasant experiences in the initial days.

Pinkett told viewers that she was in the shower one day and saw a bunch of hair in her hands. It was terrifying for Pinkett Smith to see handfuls of hair. She was worried about getting bald.

According to Pinkett, it was one of the worst experiences in her entire life. The fear of losing hair and going bald increases her stress and anxiety levels. She said, “I was literally shaking in fear.”

At that time, Pinkett smith underwent numerous medical tests to know or rule out the cause of her hair loss. She wasn’t sure about the condition. Many people, including her relatives and friends, told her that hair loss is due to stress.

Although she had some stress, she said it was under control. Later, she was diagnosed with alopecia, a hair loss condition characterized by small, round patches about the size of a quarter. Sometimes, it leads to complete hair loss. The symptoms depend on the person’s immune system and overall health status.

What are the Causes of Alopecia?

Many factors can contribute to alopecia, such as genetics, hormonal changes, and health conditions like alopecia areata (the case of Pinkett Smith). Certain medications and supplements can also cause hair loss.

Several research studies have confirmed that African American and Hispanic women in the United States are more prone to alopecia areata than white women. Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia areata, leading to hair loss and baldness. Remember, this condition can severely affect a person’s mental health and decreases self-esteem.

However, Pinkett Smith is a strong woman and an inspiration for hundreds of thousands of young women worldwide. She is fighting the condition by staying humble and looking for advanced treatment options to grow her hair back.

Does Alopecia Cause Permanent Hair Loss?

Most people with alopecia experience their hair regrow. So, this gives a sigh of relief to Pinkett Smith that the condition has treatment options. Studies highlight women with alopecia areata regrow their hair without extensive hair loss.

Approximately 50% of women with alopecia areata regrow their hair within a year. However, people with severe alopecia may experience multiple hair loss experiences during their lifetime.

What are Treatment Options for Alopecia?

Although alopecia areata has no cure, it has several treatment options, allowing women, including Pinkett Smith, to grow their hair back. The most common treatment option is corticosteroids.

These are anti-inflammatory medications to treat autoimmune diseases. The downside of this treatment is it takes a long time to show optimal results. Topical immunotherapy is another treatment option for alopecia areata.

It requires a health professional to apply chemicals to the scalp and produce an allergic reaction, leading to hair regrowth. Minoxidil, a medically approved drug applied to the scalp, can reduce the symptoms of alopecia areata.

Another innovative method to treat Alopecia is Scalp Micro Pigmentation.

  • Hayk Matsakyan

Most male individuals experience a genetic health condition known as Androgenetic Alopecia. The condition, also known as male pattern baldness, affects 95% of men, leading to permanent hair loss, especially on the top and crown of the head.

Research shows that genetic sensitivity to testosterone’s byproduct known as dihydrotestosterone causes a receding hairline. Some studies show that this byproduct can also cause a thinning crown.

Hair loss usually has a predictable pattern with Androgenetic Alopecia. Although there are several hair loss patterns in men, the most common ones are hair thinning around the temples and top of the head. Let us now discuss why men are bald on top and crown.

Genetics, Age, and Hormonal Changes

The interaction of three primary factors, genetic makeup, aging, and hormonal shifts, cause hair loss in men. Male pattern baldness occurs when hormones undergo changes in quantity with growing age.

In addition, genetic factors can increase the likelihood of balding on the top and crown of the head. These factors cause gradual shrinkage of smaller skin cavities, especially at the hair follicles, affecting the scalp, leading to balding on the crown of the head.

In addition, your hair grows shorter and finer without new development of follicles or hair. Studies show that white male individuals are more prone to pattern baldness than other ethnicities, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Latin Americans.

Male pattern baldness affects 50% of all white men above 50. Similarly, it affects 80% of men above 70. Although there is a need for more research, some studies highlight that genes increase dihydrotestosterone in the top and crown of the head, causing male pattern baldness.

Increased DHT Levels on Top of the Head

Researchers make substantial efforts to understand the mechanism of dihydrotestosterone on top of the head. Some meta-review studies have found that hair loss begins during puberty because the forehead and neck muscles increase tension in tissues over the top of the head.

Increased DHT quantities cause muscle contraction and inflammation. As a result, DHT further increases and affects the tissues surrounding the top and crown of the head. Bear in mind that dihydrotestosterone can thicken the tissue bands in this area and affect the oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood supply to hair follicles.

Because testosterone is primarily a male hormone, its byproduct DHT, can take a massive toll on men instead of women. The follicles in this area of your head get smaller and disappear over time. On the other hand, the tissue bands found in other areas of your scalp do not undergo damages due to DHT.

Final Words

Androgenetic Alopecia usually begins at the temples, crown of the head, and front of the scalp. Bald patches or areas of your scalp conjoin over time, leading to hair loss. The increased levels of male sex hormone, also known as DHT, can damage hair follicles on the top and crown of your head. It is crucial to seek treatment early, in order to slow down the progress.

  • Hayk Matsakyan

Updated: May 17, 2022

A woman’s body undergoes various changes during pregnancy. In addition to the bump, you experience fatigue, stress, bloating, nausea, indigestion, swollen ankles, headaches, back pain, and even bleeding gums. These symptoms vary between the first, second, and third trimesters.

Although these are common symptoms a woman experiences during pregnancy, one thing that causes hassle and frustration for many pregnant women is hair loss. Well, sometimes, hair loss can stop during pregnancy.

Women and men lose an average of 50 to 100 hairs a day. However, during pregnancy, the hair follicle shedding, a natural cycle, undergo suppression due to elevated estrogen levels. As a result, some women experience less hair loss than other pregnant women.

Hormonal changes are common during pregnancy, and these can affect your hair. Depending on the number and type of hormonal shifts, you may have thicker or thinner hair during pregnancy. Read on!

Increased Estrogen Levels

Your hair undergoes a naturally programmed life cycle. When a new hair grows, it rests for at least two or three months. After that, a new hair replaces the old one in the follicle. However, this natural cycle changes during pregnancy. Many women have thicker hair in the second trimester because each strand experiences delays in the natural hair cycle.

It means fewer hair strands fall out due to increased estrogen levels. Not only does estrogen stop hair loss during pregnancy, but is also plays a vital role in fetal development and strengthens your muscles, bones, and joints.

Thyroid Levels

Changes in thyroid levels are another cause of hair loss or delayed hair cycle during pregnancy. A growing body of research studies, including systematic Meta-analysis, highlight that about 3% of women experience thyroid-related issues during pregnancy.

For example, one such condition is hypothyroidism, a disease characterized by low thyroid hormone levels that result in hair loss, muscle pain, fatigue, and dizziness. In addition, high-level thyroid production, also known as hyperthyroidism, can also lead to hair loss.

Remember, this occurs in 3% of pregnant women, meaning most women during pregnancy do not experience hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. However, delayed hair cycles due to estrogen or these conditions can lead to hair loss during the postpartum period.

Therefore, keeping a healthy and balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, including vitamin C, E, zinc, iron, and minerals, is an informed decision that can help you can prevent the risk of delayed hair cycle or hair loss.

Final Words

Pregnancy is an exciting time for a woman, but at the same time, it can cause various changes in her body. In addition to other changes, hair shedding or delayed hair cycle become more apparent, especially in the second and third trimesters due to increased estrogen levels or thyroid hormonal changes.

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