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Anyone see Ricki Lake talk about her battle with hair loss on TV



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I happened upon a news clip showing Ricki Lake talking about her 30 yr battle with hair loss and she's now sporting a short buzz cut.

Ricki Lake opens up about 'debilitating' hair loss: 'It was my secret' originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com

Former talk show host and actor Ricki Lake is embracing her own beauty after revealing to fans that she's been experiencing hair loss for nearly 30 years.

In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," Lake opened up just days after sharing on social media that the condition has been "debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, [and] lonely," though she never discussed it openly.

"This was personal. I'm overwhelmed by the reaction," Lake said Friday on "GMA." "I was really scared people were going to say mean things."


"This has been something that has plagued me for so, so long. It was my secret, and I'm an open book," she added. "You guys grew up with me -- I wear everything on my sleeve. I've talked extensively about my husband who died by suicide almost three years ago -- I have shared, I'm an over-share-er. I was just at the end of my rope; it had gotten too difficult to manage."

Taking to Facebook Jan. 1, Lake, who took third place in the 13th season of "Dancing With the Stars," explained that when she starred in "Hairspray" in 1988, her hair was damaged to the point of no return.

Taken from her Instagram page she said

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.

Bless her, good on her for talking about her problems it's not only going to help her but it will help others suffering too.


Wow that must have been liberating for her to finally shave it off after her long battle. Jump back a few years and she was always on TV here in England along with Jeremy Springer. Does she still do the Talk shows in the States then?


Jerry Jerry Jerry, I loved that show Bandit. Now she has shaved it will it get better or will she continue to loose hair?


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Interesting post. I wonder if she had found the cause of her hair loss.


Is there a name for that type of female hair loss. It looks almost like a diffuse thinner with her hair being thin all over.