Ricki Lake Rocks Buzzcut After Sharing Hair Loss Journey on Instagram - The Tease

Ricki Lake Rocks Buzzcut After Sharing Hair Loss Journey on Instagram

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In early January, actress and former talk show host, Ricki Lake took to Instagram to share a very personal struggle with the world. For nearly 30 years, the 51-year-old has been dealing with hair loss, which she describes as having been “debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things.”

From constantly teasing and dyeing her hair to wearing extensions and wigs, many factors have contributed to Lake’s hair loss, which began shortly after portraying the iconic role of Tracy Turnblad in 1988’s Hairspray.

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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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The actress previously struggled to accept the state that her hair was in, causing her to try everything she could. “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,” the star shared.

However, Lake is no longer letting her hair loss hold her back, and she is instead embracing her new buzzcut. Going from “Hairspray to Hairless,” she is now using her platform to inspire others to embrace their own hair loss journey and join her in feeling “liberated and free.”

“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,” Lake wrote.

The actress’s post has since been flooded with an outpouring of support. In just over a week, she has received over 65,000 likes and over 7,000 comments of love and admiration. Go Ricki!