Hair loss can be an incredibly frustrating health issue to manage, and recently we learned that even celebs aren’t safe from excessive shedding. A few weeks ago, Jada Pinkett Smith got real about the reason behind her new short haircut and why she’s been photographed wearing headscarves more frequently, and it turns out the mom of two has been suffering from a form of alopecia.
“I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair just in my hands … It was one of those times in my life that I was literally shaking with fear,” she said on an episode of her Facebook talk show, Red Table Talk, while sitting beside her daughter Willow Smith and mom Adrienne Banfield Norris.
Since openly discussing her hair loss journey on social media, Jada has received an outpour of messages from supporters as well as other women going through the same thing, and even some practitioners who specialize in hair loss. It’s through the power of this digital conversation that the 46-year-old discovered steroid injectables, which can help combat thinning hair in some patients with alopecia areata.
“I’m getting my little steroid injections and they seem to be helping, but not curing,” she said on Instagram, thanking everyone from doctors to alternative medicine practitioners for sharing their advice, adding that she’s open to receiving more ideas from her online community.
Steroid injections, also known as cortisone shots, are often used to relieve inflammation in areas of the body that produce joint pain, like in the knees, elbows or spine, but have also been used successfully when administered into the scalp, halting hair loss in some patients.
“I’m taking into a lot of consideration all the recommendations that are coming my way,” Jada added on Instagram.
Like anyone battling hair loss, Jada is exploring every avenue out there to find answers. But the truth is, she looks damn good with short hair and bright headwraps, and as Jada said herself, there are worse things could be happening to her than thinning hair. Perspective is everything.