Jada Pinkett Smith Asks An Important Question: “Why Are You So Terrified That You Might Lose Your Hair?”
In the latest episode of Facebook Now’s Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Willow talked about body image and what they love the most and the least about the vessels they’ve been given. For Jada, the biggest point of stress had come from the top of her head — her hair.
The 46-year-old beauty revealed that the reason she cut her hair recently into an asymmetrical look, and had opted to start embracing turbans full-time, was because she’s been losing her hair.
“I’ve been getting a lot of questions about why I’ve been wearing this turban. Well, I’ve been having issues with hair loss. And I’m going to tell you, it was terrifying when it first started,” she said. “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 with fear. That’s why I cut my hair and why I continue to cut it. I just had another like, ‘Ok, I think we’re gonna do another layer of cutting.’ And my hair has been a big part of me. 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.'”
Jada, who has gone through a wide variety of styles over the years, talked about always having so much hair that people assumed she was wearing weaves all of these years. So when she started noticing hair coming out, she took action to figure out why.
“I’ve gotten every kind of test there is to have,” they said. “They don’t know why. People say stress. People say, ‘Oh you do have alopecia.'”
But eventually, the star had to reel it in and put things into perspective. She made a great point about the fact that if of all of the things in the world, she is to just lose hair, she should be grateful. And for so many of us who freak out about losing hair, from our edges to those bald spots popping up at the nape of our necks, it was an eye-opening message.
“Even in my terror, even in my fear, there was the moment of just going, ‘Oh my God, like, why are you so terrified that you might lose your hair?'” she asked. “I really had to put it in a spiritual perspective of like, the higher power takes so much from people. People are out here who have cancer. People who have sick children. I watch the higher power take things every day, and by golly, if the higher power wants to take your hair? That’s it? ‘God, you want my hair?’ When I looked at if from that perspective, it really did settle me. Because when I had to think about, ‘Well what else would you lose? What else would you put on the table for God to take?’ Take the hair [laughs]!”
And for the record, Jada is not lying about having a lot of hair and doing a great deal with it over the years. Hit the flip for a look at some of her best and most unique hairstyles over the years.