Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s fans assumed she wore colorful turbans to protect her natural tresses from the stress of excess heat and hairstyling. The truth is the 46-year-old mother-of-2 is losing her hair.

“A lot of people have been asking why I’ve been wearing turbans,” Pinkett Smith, said on the latest episode of her Facebook Watch web series Red Table Talk. “Well, I haven’t talked about it. It’s not easy to talk about, but I am going to talk about it.”

Pinkett Smith told People.com she first realized she was losing her hair while taking a shower.

“It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair just in my hands. And I was just like, ‘Oh my God, am I going bald?’.”

“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That’s why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it,” she added.

Unlike other Hollywood starlets, Pinkett Smith rarely wore hair weave or extensions. The ‘Girls Trip’ star took pride in her long, lustrous tresses.

“My hair has been a big part of me,” Pinkett Smith said. “Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, ‘Oh my god, I might not have that choice anymore.’ ”

Earlier this year she decided it was time for the big chop — and rather than wear her hair in a buzzcut, she now wears turbans.

The following are 5 reasons why women lose their hair.

 

1. Perimenopause and Menopause

With middle-age comes perimenopause and menopause. One of the first signs after menopause is excessive hair shedding caused by the loss of Estrogen and Progesterone hormones.

As Estrogen and Progesterone levels decline, Testosterone becomes the dominant hormone in women. Testosterone and its metabolite Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is death to a woman’s hair follicles. DHT also causes hirsutism (excessive facial/body hair growth) and male-pattern hair loss around the edges, ears and crown.

Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. DHT attacks hair follicles when sebum (skin oils) builds up on the scalp and the DHT becomes trapped in the oil. DHT binds to the hair follicle causing the follicles to shrink. hair is very thin at the roots and breaks off easily. The hair strand is very fine at the point of breakage.

 

2. Thyroid Disease

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) means your thyroid isn’t making enough thyroid hormones (T4 and T3) or your T4 isn’t converting into the active form (T3) that is required at the cellular level.

Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) include:

  • Weight gain (especially around the midsection)
  • Hair shedding
  • Male-pattern hair loss (around hairline, ears and crown)
  • Loss of outer edge of eyebrows
  • Excessive dry, flaky, itchy skin
  • Soft, brittle nails
  • Crushing fatigue
  • Intolerance to cold temperatures
  • Most women who experience these signs and symptoms often don’t realize they have under-active thyroid because their thyroid lab test results are “in normal range.” Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common form of hypothyroidism. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid. Hashimoto’s results in hair loss and bald patches (Alopecia Areata).

    Hair shedding is also a sign of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Hypothyroidmom.com is an excellent resource for sufferers of underactive thyroid who want an easy-to-understand explanation of hyperthyroidism.

    Consult your doctor if you believe you may have a thyroid disorder. Your doctor will draw blood for a compete Thyroid Panel, which includes:

  • Free T4
  • Free T3
  • Reverse T3
  • TSH
  • Thyroid antibodFsoluties
  •  

    4. Vitamin Deficiency (Low Iron, Low Vitamin D)

    Iron deficiency and Vitamin D deficiency are the main culprits of hair loss caused by vitamin deficiency. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia. An over-the-counter iron supplement should correct the problem. Consult your doctor for blood work to test your CBC and Ferritin (iron stores) levels.

    Vitamin D deficiency is one of the top causes of brain fog and hair breakage or shedding. Most people get all the Vitamin D they need by exposing their bare skin to the sun for as little as 15 minutes a day. Dark skin Black people are more prone to Vitamin D deficiency because the melanin in our skin blocks the UV rays from the sun.

    For Black people who don’t get enough sun, supplementing with Vitamin D is very necessary. It is important to take Vitamin D and Magnesium together. Magnesium is required to convert Vitamin D into its active usable form so it can be absorbed in your bloodstream.

     

    5. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) causes hair loss and hair shedding due to increased male hormone testosterone and male androgen DHT. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that leads to cysts on the ovaries. PCOS makes your cells less responsive to insulin (insulin resistance).

    If your cells become resistant to insulin your insulin level will increases in your bloodstream. Increased insulin leads to increased production of androgens (DHT), which causes cystic acne, hirsutism (excess facial hair and male-pattern hair loss in women).

    Studies have shown women with PCOS have low-grade inflammation in the body that stimulates polycystic ovaries to increase male androgen in the blood. Risk factors for PCOS include obesity and diabetes Type 2.

     

    6. STRESS

    High stress can cause inflammation that results in thinning hair and shedding. Stress can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium (shedding phase). “When you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, (pushing) more hair into the shedding phase,” explains Marc Glashofer, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Hair loss is more pronounced about 3 months after a stressful event, such as a death in the family or job loss.

     

    Bonus tips for hair shedding and acne:

    1. Drink Spearmint Tea to decrease testosterone and DHT.

    Studies have shown that spearmint tea decreases the levels of testosterone and DHT in women with PCOS. Spearmint tea works wonders for both men and women who suffer from cystic acne, male-pattern hair loss and hair shedding.

    You can buy Spearmint tea in stores, online, or your can make it yourself at home.

    Here is a my favorite Spearmint tea.

    2. Read Hypothyroidmom to gain a better understanding of hypothyroidism and treatments to stop hair loss.

    DISCLAIMER

    Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. Sandrarose.com and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following information found on this blog.

    • iWasteTime

      Good Morning Sandra and thanks for this!

    • Blue

      That’s gotta be nerve-wracking.

    • Tammie Reed

      Although I still have a lot of hair, I still loss so much in the last few years omg! It’s very thin at the top but my hair is still long pass my bra line but it’s not as full and thick as it used to be! My grandma hair was thin in the top and my mom is the same way. So now I am cursed with that too but everyone thinks I still have gorgeous hair, me not so much lol.

      I see from reading this article about the low iron and Vitamin D supplements Im going to go get some, I am severely anemic that makes sense now too!

    • Faithz

      Thanks for this Read very Interesting Read!

    • Shawty

      Oh goody….something else us women have to contend with. We need to hunt that bish Eve down and give her a good a$$ kicking! LOL!

    • PhillyFacts

      Yes! I had to print this article out my mother-in-law just told me a few days ago she was wearing scarves because it look like ants had invaded her scalp (I thought she took her shahada lol a Philly thing). She wore braids for years, so I thought to myself it must’ve been the stress from the extensions but now reading this it could be a number of things. Extremely informative medical minute!

    • Coy little wink

      That would make me lose it I’ve lost it after my hair was trimmed majorly…very traumatic

    • Renee Bee

      I think I’ll give that Spearmint tea a try. Thanks, Auntie.
      Oh and morning Rosies! Be great tuh-day! Lol.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      chile.. . ? smh

    • Coy little wink

      Your hair is beautiful Tammie! My hair was thinning too at crown I stopped relaxing 5 years ago its much thicker now but I recall it used to be even thicker…my grandma the same but my moms hair is still super thick and she still relaxes it…go figure

    • Scromes1212

      A lot of females have been getting hair restoration. That might be what she is doing cause you have to cut your hair really low to get hair plugs. It works well with females and can easily restore there edges. I seen a lot of females cutting there hair really short lately then all of a sudden there edges come back. Its most likely hair restoration.

    • Fire & Ice

      Just heard about this on the breakfast club. C-thagod thinks somebody done put roots on Jada. He said she did spend a lot of time in New Orleans, shooting girls trip ?. I feel bad for her cause that has to be nerve wracking! It’s probably probably hormones, stress, and possibly some kind of deficiency.

    • Scromes1212

      They take shahada everywhere lol but I know it’s a lot of Muslims in Philly

    • FukkFolks2018

      Morning Scromes.

    • FukkFolks2018

      C-thagod thinks somebody done put roots on Jada.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Her husband’s rumored long suffering bf Duane Martin maybe

    • Skin Deep Beauty

      Thanks for the info! Very informative!

    • AmericanDream

      I’m curious to know why she’d be stressed out , married to a fabulously wealthy actor and two kids who are doing their thing . Is there something deeply personal that’s troubling her that she can’t talk about ?

    • Kanyade

      i like this medical minute. i try to take vitamin supplements to help with hair and skin, etc. i will try the tea, as well.

    • Fat

      Good information.

    • Tammie Reed

      I never had a relaxer, I think its just me getting older and pre menopausal or something to do with that. I have always had a lot of hair but people would say why do you wear weaves etc and I just hate the maintenance of my own but do wear my hair more often now but its so humid here in Atlanta and it frizzes so bad and swells lol. Thanks though! xoxo

    • justlooking

      This is really is a issue with many women over the age of 40. I made the big chop a couple of months back and I love it. The winter months were pure hell with the flu and really my hair was like see ya later.

      In my opinion I think it’s stress, environmental, your diet/lack of NOT eating, and of course other underlying medical issues. She is pretty lady and can rock anything, but baldness for women can be devastating.

    • justlooking

      Money doesn’t make you happy. As of mother of young adults, that will kill you.

    • Tammie Reed

      I need it in the top lol

    • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

      Come on it’s too early for that.

    • Tammie Reed

      What you take???

    • Ni Ni

      I’ve been down about losing my hair too. I never thought i would have an issue with hair loss because i only wore braids/weaves about 4-5 times in my life and could only leave them in for two weeks at the most. I think some of my issues are a combination of what’s listed as well as having eczema and my first attempt at going natural damaged my hair/scalp. Sometimes I hate this 4c texture, but it’s good for covering problem areas, for right now at least. I’ve given up hope of having the hair i used to, but i will try some of these tips.

    • Kanyade

      it’s a hair, nails, skin vitamin from Spring Valley. it’s a cheaper one, but its working. i take it three times a day.

    • Cocoa Rose

      I am 4c and almost 40 and my hair is the thickest and longest (nearly waist length) it has ever been. I wear two strand twists exclusively re-done very 4-6 weeks and I FINGER DETANGLE. I never twist to tight at the roots (I think this is key). Combs and brushes are the devil to my strands. I also use oil spray on my hair. Pure oil is too thick and can lead to breakage.

    • Dowoop

      There’s no such thing as too early in here.

    • JennyJazzhands

      I have a thyroid condition and iron deficiency and every now and then a plug of my hair, about the size of a dime, just disappears. The spot is super smooth too, like the follicles are gone. Then the same way it disappeared, it randomly starts growing back in. It’s never been enough for me to stop wearing my hair out. Even when it’s on my edges, I can just part my hair differently or swoop it a different way. I can’t imagine losing so much that I have to cut it off. I’ll never complain about my temporarily missing plugs again.

    • BeUtFullSoul

      Currently studying Tawheed..To take my Shahada one day Inshallah

    • king shun

      they stop getting wet around that age too thats why men go to a younger chick

    • PhillyFacts

      Yes they do, and yes there is…. our family is divided but she’s a Christian that’s why I was messing like “let me find out” she thought it was hilarious, she said I play too much.

    • Ni Ni

      Sounds like your hair is long. I get so frustrated trying to detangle my hair. I’m losing entire coils trying to detangle. My hair is sumilar to bruno mars afro but 4c. I wore my first twist out since i cut it this time yesterday. I used lottabody coconut setting lotion and it came out good, but slept on it last night and will have to twist it again tonight, although i still have a few curls. I also practiced twisting my hair without using the setting lotion and the curls lasted all day because of the texture. I quit using all those puddings and crap because they leave so much resudue.

    • king shun

      do you wear your hair natural ?

    • PhillyFacts

      I just believe in a higher power now, but don’t get into organized religion. I think the Muslim-Christian debates in my family since childhood has me like okay there’s truth in both maybe if we put all these way of life/ religions together we’ll have the true answer. Blessing to you!

    • Toni Toni Toni

      Good information. You always on point with that medical information.
      Thank you!

    • I Run New York

      Yeah Willow was cutting herself.

    • Quitedeliteful

      Very informative medical minute!!!

    • Scromes1212

      Good morning

    • Logan Roberts

      You can’t be that naive. You never heard the expression “you never know what goes on behind closed doors?”

    • Scromes1212

      Cut it out lol you still got baby hairs

    • Quitedeliteful

      On YouTube they swear that Vicks VapoRub will make your hair grow. My sisters swear by it also. I’ve started using it at night along my hairline and wherever I part my hair…

    • Logan Roberts

      That’s what your mammy told you was the reason daddy left huh ?. You ignorant bastard.

    • Tammie Reed

      Giggles I do lol

    • stav

      I’ve heard of his, is it working for you? Or how long have you used it?

    • Quitedeliteful

      The section on Vitamin D is very true. Also those who have excessive sweating may need more vitamin D.

    • missmiami305

      I love your medical minutes Auntie. My hair is thin at the crown too. It still sheds and I am natural. Finger detangling doesn’t work for me. Truth be told I am lazy about platting my hair and wrapping it up at night. I never wear protective styles but I am about to start. I got my first small Senegalese twists a few weeks ago and swear I will never again. My hair isn’t thick enough for this mess. The twists around the edges are hanging on for dear life. Gonna take them out ASAP. Just been a little lazy.

    • FukkFolks2018

      I just saw 41. I will be sure to tell my 34 year old bf this at lunchtime. “Babe the well is supposedly dry.”

      *snorts*

    • Quitedeliteful

      I’ve just started but my sister’s hair fell out big time because of lack of vitamin D and she now has peach fuzz in the areas where she applied the Vicks… My other sister had a small spot that had absolutely no hair and now it is almost completely filled in. It’s taken a couple of weeks but it seems to be working for them.

    • FukkFolks2018

      Ive heard worse. There was a whole blog full of women here few years back who put Monistat on their heads. *writes this down bc I am Vitamin D deficient too*

    • missmiami305

      Castor oil. I use it on my brows and lashes as well. Worked miracles. I found out from a nurse when I was in the hospital. Her lashes were beautiful. I was like omg your lashes are beautiful are the mink lol. She gave me the scoop and I have been using it ever since. You can probably find testimonials online too.

    • Skin Deep Beauty

      Soooo Jada who has figured out a way to make money by creating a FB PAGE to garner hits TO STAY RELEVANT, she has lived lavishly, had all this cosmetic surgery, tried and failed to create a mutiny with Awards because Will as felt didn’t win but tried to turn it into a black thing, SHE HAD INVESTED NOTHING INTO HER CHILDREN’S EDUCATION but allows them to raise themselves, had non traditional relationship with her husband allowing FREE WILL TO SCREW WHOM YOU WANT even allowing her children the same freedom and now she WANTS THE PUBLIC TO TUNE INTO HER LIFE AS IF SHE’S THAT INTERESTING?? FOH..

    • FOR COMMENT

      I appreciate how Sandra uses her platform for more than just gossip. We need more of this!

    • missmiami305

      Sunlight gives the most Vitamin D because it is absorbed directly into the skin. I take more walks and sometimes just sit out in the sun and breathe in the fresh air. It has become a ritual. Very relaxing. Our melanin rocks :)

    • FukkFolks2018

      YEP! I have heard folks put that wild growth oil on theirs and I think castor oil is a main ingredient. Its even on the bottle. there are so many ways to grow hair out here. folks better go to youtube!

    • Ni Ni

      Yep, and some said it worked. Funny how somethings works for some people, not others

    • Ni Ni

      Did not work for me and that Jamaican made it fall out. I think it was too strong.

    • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

      the gossip brought me in and the nuggets she drops kept me!

    • BeUtFullSoul

      I agree, there is Truth in Both, I was raised Christian, and now since I’ve been studying and seeking the Knowledge of the Qu’ran I also agree with you that it could possibly Benefit “us” (Muslims- Christians) to put these ways of life/religion together. Inshallah…
      but there will always be differences of opinion and beliefs no matter what..to each his/her own. Alhamdulillah!

    • stav

      Thanks!

    • missmiami305

      I ordered this from amazon prime specifically for my lashes and brows. Look it up and you will see before and after pics. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d163a431d61e098430553e103a2bc32dbc773da664e87348b70a07adecffd94b.jpg

    • king shun

      get mad all you want you know its a big difference between 41 and 21 and trust me a man know it

    • KcoolMuziq

      The “Red Table Talk” is THE TRUTH!

      The Smith family puts EVERYTHING out there.

      #TEAMJadaPinkettSmith

    • Quitedeliteful

      My hair was shedding left and right. I would find strands all over my apartment — even outside of the front door!!! Not only that my eyelashes were getting really thin and slowly falling out. I started putting coconut oil or shea butter on my lashes I also started drinking Irish Sea Moss and I’ve noticed that my eyelashes have grown back and my hair has stopped falling out. I think it’s because of the collagen in the sea moss. I’ve heard Vicks helps with hair growth and my sisters swear by it so I’m using that on the really thin areas. Vitamin D is important because my sister had a multitude of issues including hair fall out due to D deficiency.

    • stav

      A girl at my job swore by putting Monistat in her hair.

    • Fire & Ice

      Chillllllddddd ????. So D Martin was running around Orleans, conjuring up spirits ????. Lawwwd lemme go find my holy wata ?.

    • stav

      Valid point!

    • Quitedeliteful

      Not necessarily true. Use it or lose it. Also if you stay well hydrated all areas of your body will stay moist.

    • Alextra Ballard

      Another thing that stops hair growth is high blood pressure medicine.

    • king shun

      are you a man or women? cause no man who get around will disagree with me

    • missmiami305

      Nah not Jamaican. Just regular ole castor oil. That black castor oil didn’t agree with my hair. I just use regular castor oil.

    • king shun

      no man who really gets around will disagree with me..go to them menopause website and look at all the women talking about they cannot get wet enough

    • Quitedeliteful

      If we go by your logic the same then holds true for men. A 21 year old woman is not interested in a man that’s 41. First of all she thinks he’s old and second of all his ‘working parts’ don’t necessarily work…

    • Thingamajig

      It is difficult to take care of coarse hair. As I listened to Willow, it made me remember when I was a little girl and I wanted to have my mom and my sister’s hair that was nice and thick and long and also soft. I got my dad’s coarse, ruff, rock hard hair. The same with Willow, she has Will’s hair while Jaden has Jada’s beautiful hair.

    • Tammie Reed

      Pic of me and my natural hair but let me part it in the middle, lawd thin as the wind lol. Its still shedding like crazy, can’t make it stop!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01b78c9fb4fcf464df86a1aa0ec5170be12c3b3cb1c5ff974feacd392b1aac39.jpg

    • Quitedeliteful

      LOLLOLLOL!!! Could very well be true!!!

    • Quitedeliteful

      lemme go find my holy wata
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

    • Quitedeliteful

      Ima look into this…

    • Quitedeliteful

      LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!

    • Torae

      I suffer from hypothyroidism and one of my alerts came with hair loss. I have very long thick hair and the top of my hair was thinning and my scalp was visible. I was very low on vitamin D and my iron levels were low as well. I was prescribed vitamin D, started to take iron and a multivitamin everyday and my hair stopped shedding and has filled in. My hair is not exactly how it used to be but at least it’s not shedding and I can’t see my scalp anymore….

    • Quitedeliteful

      Taaaameeeeee… I don’t want to hear not another complaint from you…. (pretty pic)

    • FukkFolks2018

      Thats all he has ever dated save for literally one girl who is his same age. But women 40+. Hell the mother of his child is knocking at the door of 50.

    • Quitedeliteful

      Ima try the castor oil on my eyebrows. I usually get them tattoo’d

    • the guest

      I really appreciate this write up too.

      Don’t have any of these symptoms, but why wait!

      Today’s list:
      Iron
      Vitamin D
      Magnesium
      Irish Sea Moss
      (mentioned in the comments)
      Spearmint Tea

      Thank you Ms. Sandra!

    • Cocoa Rose

      Finger detangling takes a while, but in the long run it will help to save your strands. I followed JoStylin, Alicia James, and Geraldine the Great when I was struggling and dealing with breakage. Although I love loose flowing hair, I had to learn to work with what I had which is 4c fine stranded hair which breaks if it gets caught on a sweater lol. I get a ton of compliments on my twists and I can exercise and live life and always have great looking hair. Mentally you just have to get over having your hair free flowing.

    • Quitedeliteful

      Diabetes will mess with your hair also…

    • Quitedeliteful

      Me too. Everybody running for shade. I run toward the sun.

    • king shun

      yes you right in that but you see men leaving their wives for young chicks every day..go to south beach you see 70 year olds with 21 year old women

    • Connie

      I’m an island girl and my hair is my best feature. Migrated to Florida and humidity and hard water messed up my glorious hair so bad, makes me so sad man

    • Tammie Reed

      Chile I’m thin in the middle though lol. I’m going to try the Vitamin D supplements, going today! lol.

    • Quitedeliteful

      I’ll take your problem any day!

    • imright

      she looks better with short hair anyway

    • Quitedeliteful

      Yeah… but they bought those women and a woman 21 years old got to be damn near comatose before she can stomach grandpa’s droopy ballz. I would tell men and women if you eat right, exercise and stay hydrated as well as use your working parts (either with a partner or a toy) you will not have to worry about being dry/or limp.

    • BicoastBlackGirlGeek

      Thank you for this Auntie Sandra! I am going to try the spearmint tea! You always bring the information, you really need a medical blog as well as an entertainment blog ;)

    • Soda

      You probably ain’t had puss since it had you . Coming in her like Bryan Mcknight trying to show women how their pusses work. Foh!

    • missmiami305

      Yep! My on-gyn suggested this because I was Vitamin D deficient and Anemic. Between changing my diet and more Sunlight; it has worked miracles. I live literally down the street from the beach. So most of my strolls are in that direction lol.

    • Scromes1212

      In all seriousness it works. My friend had it done and it looks great.

    • JennyJazzhands

      Yes. Blow dried straight during the school year and braids and afro puffs during the summer.

    • Coy little wink

      So pretty!

    • Quitedeliteful

      Lucky you…

    • i troll it like i see it

      I swear sometimes it feels like a curse to be female.

    • Lorenzo Chaps

      Nice, very nice Tammie.

    • TMW

      Thank you Sandra! 4 of the 5 apply to me! I did the big chop last summer because of all the shedding and hair loss. My hair has been slow to grow but I am loving my taper! This was great information! Taking a daily multi vitamin has helped with the Vitamin D deficiency.

    • Fire & Ice

      Yes Castor will do it for your lashes. I’ve been using it since late March, and my lashes have grown. All I have to do is put on a very thin, and I mean thin layer of mascara, and you’ll swear I’m wearing lashes! YouTube came through on this one

    • HelloToni

      Shes is strong and very secure to talk about it. Thanks for the info. There are people struggling with similar issues. It is comfort knowing you are not alone.

    • Miss Thang

      Jada is losing her hair because of menopause and because she is HUNGRY. THE BITCH DON’T EAT.

    • abby500

      ?????Off I go to Target for spearmint tea….

    • none yubiz

      Absolutely beautiful melanated Queen…

    • VernadineTheQueen?

      I entered menopause early and my hair fell out so bad I was scared to comb it because of the shedding. Found this vitamin called viviscal and my has grown back in 3 months. No shedding or anything it has been a blessing!! I’m too young to be around here bald headed with no edges!!

    • Sally Wright McLinn

      That’s why I don’t understand transgenders.

    • missmiami305

      Lol

    • missmiami305

      I have been meaning to check it out. How long are the videos? My attention span needs work lol

    • KcoolMuziq

      They’re not that long. Less than 20 min. But VERY well done & equally informative & JUICY! Lol

    • king shun

      i stop counting at 300 and that was over ten years ago i am very experienced with women

    • Logan Roberts

      Shyt the majority of the time

    • MythCalledLove

      This medical minute is brought to you by I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Entertainment Seriously though she would wear them back in the day too. She also had a short hairstyle it was blonde I think. There is a “movement” Bold Bald & Beautiful. She is in a position that brings more awareness and no need to hide it under turbans or wigs. Embrace it and help chisel the stigma of being bald.

    • MistaO

      I appreciate your medical minute posts!

      Please run a story on Sherita Dixon Cole. Needs ALL the exposure we can garner.

    • Kayke

      Great medical minute with lots of info as many women go through this.
      After my first baby and breastfeeding for 17 months, handfuls of hair just started falling out. My comb would be full with every stroke and I have fine hair to begin with. I remember sitting on my bathroom floor in hysterical tears because my mom nor my sisters experienced what I was talking about, but neither breastfed as long as I did. My husband didn’t know what to say or do. I believe mine was caused by vitamin deficiency due to breastfeeding. Now I’m a “balanced meal” fanatic about nutrition. I stop shedding, but never got my original thickness back. My heart goes out to those of you that experience this in permanance.

    • Sheila

      It is so frustrating I started losing my hair a few years ago and no matter what treatments I’ve tried nothing worked I later found out that I had an over active thyroid after surgery a few months ago and with medication I now can wear a buzz cut that I wear proudly

    • Anunnaki

      Go out in your back yard, find a pine tree, take some pine from tree, cut the brown edges off, the pine, boil hot water, then put the pine in hot water, drink 3 times a day, transformation will result. Add honey (manuka) suggested…but no sugar.

    • i troll it like i see it

      This was a good write up/medical minute but it depressed me. Just one more thing to dread while getting older!

    • Tee Bullock

      You’re beautiful and so is your hair! I have a thin spot in my crown every since I had my son.

    • Alicia.Ashe

      Idiot

    • SDot

      look stop the plastic surgery Jada.
      use natural coconut oil in ya hair.
      Go back to basics…..
      I also feel stop with stuff on ya head…rock it natural and you will see a difference.
      Even men that wear hats all the time I noticed goes bald sooner,

    • ShWa

      Thanks for the info!

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Thank you for sharing your story. Which vitamins were you deficient in?

    • kekeb

      Tammie Reed!!!! This is lovely!!!;

    • the guest

      Thank you @disqus_MGkOxdk8pz:disqus for the Irish Sea Moss tip!

    • Joy King

      Your pic is beautiful and so is your hair. But if you’re anemic, you will see a dramatic difference in your shedding once you start taking iron pills. I didn’t know that was a thing until my doctor told me my iron was extremely low and prescribed iron pills. Eventually it improved and I no longer needed them. During that time of the month, I will take them because that’s when you have the tendency to lose the most iron.

    • Joy King

      Amen????

    • Joy King

      Hair loss can happen for many reasons but I do believe you have a point about being hungry. I try to watch my weight but I notice if I don’t eat enough I experience a lot more hair shedding. Jada does strike me as the type that is more interested in keeping her petite figure and may starve herself. You definitely have to find the right balance.

    • Kayke

      Zinc and Vitamin D as I don’t eat diary and didn’t do much outdoor stuff my son’s first year.

    • Solstice

      ????? I call 1st dibs ?

    • Solstice

      Happy Ramadan love!

    • Guess Who

      Vitamin D deficiency can suck.

      I have a severe Vitamin D deficiency. I have to take 100000 iu per week and I have not experienced any hair loss and I have light skin. The only thing I notice is that my muscles are extremely achy. I work out often so I no longer get sore working out unless it’s some muscle I aint’ worked out in a while but that is the closest I can compare it too. VitD deficiency also will not allow to you dissolve body fat efficiently as it’s a fat soluble vitamin so eating clean and gym for me is a necessity.

    • Tammie Reed

      Yes, I take iron pills too that my doctor gave me but they make me sick as a dog and I don’t take them often! I am always walking around nauseous and I take them on a full stomach don’t know why they do that to me! I am trying to eat more leafy veggies etc but those iron pills are the devil and they constipate me too…Argh! I don’t eat a lot of red meat either because I can’t digest meat like I used too. I’m damn if I do, damn if I don’t!

    • Question Everything

      Thank you, Sandra! And the part on HYPO is so TRUE! Don’t let a doctor tell you your TSH is normal and you are fine. T-3 and REVERSE T-3 are critical for proper thyroid diagnosis. If your T-4 is not metabolizing efficiently into T-3, you may appear “normal” but feel like SH!T. Get a second opinion. This from the girl who USED to have hair down her back that is now in a cute, asymmetric cut – NOT by choice, but necessity. I feel you, Jada.

    • Tammie Reed

      Thank you, I use Toppik that my daughter told me about to just fill it in, its a loose dark powder to cover. Right now its just a small area but its still noticeable. Sigh!

    • Tammie Reed

      Thanks!

    • Tammie Reed

      Winks!

    • Tammie Reed

      Me too! It was coming out in my hand! I’m going to try that!

    • Jennifer

      Her hair has always been on point so I could only imagine how that feels.
      All she has to do is go back to the badd azz low cuts she rocked in the 90’s. The turban ages her.

    • Dane

      Thank you for this, Ms. Rose!

      I haven’t gone through all comments so this may be a repeat of someone else:

      Get thee to an integrative health doctor STAT. They believe in a combo of Western/Eastern medicines. They will run bloodwork for ALL levels. Thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, D, A, B, iron, mercury…and more. Then suggest the best vitamins & supplements based on YOUR results. Mine also switched me from the synthetic my regular doctor prescribed to a natural thyroid. Within 6 months, I feel like a new person!

      Also, I +100000 the Hypothroid Mom blog. She has done extensive research & posts many helpful articles & links.

      Every day can be a struggle. Just keep moving. Be well, everybody!

    • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

      I’ve been drinking it for years, with no sugar, just because I’ve always liked the smell and taste. I never knew the health benefits though. Learned something new today.

    • A D N

      Thank you!

    • Logan Roberts

      Yes Jada, Halle & Toni Braxton all look better with short hair.

    • Logan Roberts

      Doubt it.

    • Logan Roberts

      Chile dont clarify nothing to this buffoon.

    • Logan Roberts

      Are you a gay man or transgender? You always have something negative to say about women.

    • Renee Bee

      I’ll try it with honey first before I go sugarless. #babysteps. Lol.

    • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

      Lol!

    • P0shzZ0la

      The main problem for black women’s hair coming out is the weaves, pulling the edges like with cornrows, and relaxers. Jada used all types of chemicals on her hair along with braids pulling at the edges. It is ridiculoua people don’t want to take responsibility for their behavior. It’s already an epidemic of black women with bald spots but now it is the environment’s fault! Yes stress and bad diet can cause hairloss, but that is not the case here. The biggest cause for white women’s hairloss is hair dye. I’ve seen plenty of middle-aged white women with extremely thin hair or balding because they dye their hair so much when they were younger. Take caremof your NATURAL hair and stop with all the extensions etc….!

    • BeUtFullSoul

      Ramadan Mubarak!

    • Tee Bullock

      I use it too.

    • Blue

      Thats good Sheila!!!

    • dontgetblocked

      Thanks Auntie!!

    • Guest

      Get the gentle iron from the pharmacy. Natures Bounty is a good brand. That is what I take.

    • My Thoughts

      There is a vegan or vegetarian version of iron pills. But I just found out that iron can be administered via an IV (ask your DR.)

    • Tammie Reed

      Yeah I know people that get the iv no thanks, hate needles!