Jada Pinkett Smith and her famous family are no strangers to the spotlight, having shared many ups and downs in their life with an audience anxiously watching. Pinkett Smith is a well-known actress who has been married to Will Smith, a fellow actor, since 1997. Jaden, who was born in 1998, and Willow, who was born in 2000, are the couple’s two children. Pinkett Smith is also Will’s stepmother from a previous marriage.
Pinkett Smith was born on September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland, and was reared by her mother and grandmother. She developed an early interest in the performing arts, enrolling in piano and dancing courses at a young age. She went on to the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she studied dance and drama. Pinkett Smith attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for a year after graduating in 1989.
Pinkett Smith made her professional acting debut in 1990 with a guest appearance on the sitcom “True Colors,” and went on to star in multiple “The Matrix” films. Pinkett Smith is also well-known for her work as a musician and author.
Pinkett Smith is used to sharing her highs and lows in life with the public, including her most recent fight with alopecia, as someone who has spent more than 30 years in the spotlight. The actress posted an Instagram post in December 2021, confidently embracing her hair loss and detailing how she plans to become “friends” with her alopecia.
Pinkett Smith is no stranger to exposing details about her personal life with her followers and the rest of the world. She rose to prominence in the late 1990s before settling into a successful career as an actor, producer, and director during the 2000s. She’s done work in a range of genres, including contributing her voice to the animated film “Madagascar” and its sequels, as well as appearing in the criminal thriller “Gotham.”
Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk” features her daughter Willow and her mother discussing difficult themes. Pinkett Smith revealed more of her vulnerable side by discussing her alopecia, an inflammatory disorder that causes hair loss. The actress released an Instagram post in late December 2021 explaining her experience living with alopecia.
Every day, adults might lose up to 100 hairs from their scalp, according to MedlinePlus. Some men and women, however, lose more hair as they become older, or as a result of disorders like thyroid difficulties, diabetes, or lupus.
Pinkett Smith has been open about her experience with alopecia and the implications it has had on her life. Alopecia areata is a disorder that occurs when the body destroys its own hair follicles, resulting in hair loss anywhere on the body, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD). Pinkett Smith has noticed a change in her hair loss pattern over her scalp.
According to the Huffington Post, Pinkett Smith unveiled her shaven head on Instagram in July 2021, claiming that it was her daughter who originally pushed her to do so. Willow “had me do it because it was time to let go,” according to Pinkett Smith. “With this shed, my 50s are about to be wonderfully lit,” she added.
For several years, the actress has openly shared her battle with alopecia. According to HuffPost, Pinkett Smith described her first “terrifying” encounter with hair loss during an episode of “Red Table Talk” in 2018. “One day I was in the shower and just had handfuls of hair in my palms,” she explained. “I was genuinely shaking with fear at that point in my life.”
The actress released a video on Instagram on Dec. 28, 2021, showing off her shaven head while pointing to a line that she explained had appeared on the top of her head. “Now I can only laugh,” Pinkett Smith added. “Now y’all know I’ve been battling with alopecia.” “Now that this is going to be a little harder for me to hide, I figured I’d just post it so no one asks questions.” She also stated that she would use rhinestones to make a “crown” on her head.
Pinkett Smith elaborated on her hair loss experience in the caption of the photo, stating, “Mama’s going to have to take it all the way down to her scalp so no one believes she’s had brain surgery. This alopecia and I are going to be buddies… for the rest of our lives!”
Pinkett Smith also opened up about being a Black woman in the entertainment world and having non-eurocentric hair in a corresponding TikTok video. “Crown Act Be Proud of Your Crown #iamnotmyhair #hairjourney,” she captioned the video.
“Being a Black woman and dealing with hair in Hollywood, making your hair appear as European as possible was always the thing, and that was really tough, you know, because I enjoyed my hair out wild and curly,” Pinkett Smith said in the video.
“But no one wanted that, so I had to do my hair in ways that didn’t feel natural to me because I was trying to play the game,” she explained. “So if I’m doing a cover, everyone’s like, ‘No, we want your hair straight and flowy,'” she continued, “but it’s like, ‘All right, okay, but that’s not really what my hair wants to do.”
While living with alopecia has been difficult, Pinkett Smith has revealed a good side to the situation “So I had to work up the guts to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.’ That’s why I’m feeling liberated today — I couldn’t care less what other people think of my bald head. What’s more, guess what? It’s fantastic.”
In many ways, Pinkett Smith has been an inspiration to people who may be suffering from alopecia or other conditions that impact a person’s appearance. Her commitment to having her voice known and bringing attention to the issues she encounters is admirable.