Jada Pinkett-Smith Reveals Steroid Injection Use For Hair Loss
Actress, wife and mother Jada Pinkett Smith recently opened up about her decision to wear headwraps lately. It turns out the beautiful Girl’s Trip star has been struggling with the hair loss condition, possibly linked to alopecia.
“I’ve been getting a lot of questions about why I’ve been wearing this turban,” said the beautiful 46-year-old actress.
“Well, I’ve been having issues with hair loss. And it was terrifying when it first started.”
**UPDATE**: As of May 28, 2018 since sharing her story, Jada has taken to Instagram to give us an update on her journey. In the most recent post, the actress shares that she’s incredibly thankful for the outpour of love and support she’s received.
She also says she’s currently receiving steroid injections to help with her loss. “I’m getting steroid injections, which seem to be helping but not curing. But I’m open to other ideas,” she posted on her instagram.
One type of steroid injections Pinkett Smith may be using is called Corticosteroid Injections. This method of treatment — the most common form of treatment for alopecia areata — uses corticosteroids that are injected into bare patches of skin with a tiny needle. These injections are repeated about every four to six weeks and are usually given by a dermatologist.
If new hair growth occurs from corticosteroid injections it is usually visible within four weeks. There are few known side effects related to this kind of treatment. But a drawback of corticosteroid injections, like all treatments for alopecia areata, is that they do not prevent new hair loss from developing.
Alopecia is defined as loss of hair from the body. Hair loss is often a cause of great concern to the patient for cosmetic and psychologic reasons, but it can also be an important sign of systemic disease.
Alopecia areata, also known as spot baldness, is a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. Often it results in a few bald spots on the scalp, each about the size of a coin. Psychological stress may result. People are generally otherwise healthy. In some, all the hair on the scalp or all body hair is lost and loss can be permanent.
Alopecia areata is believed to be an autoimmune disease. Risk factors include a family history of the condition. The underlying mechanism involves failure by the body to recognize its own cells with subsequent immune-mediated destruction of the hair follicle.
The actress recalled the “terrifying” moment she first noticed she was losing “handfuls of hair” in the shower.
“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear,” she said. “That’s why I cut my hair and continued to cut it.”
This revelation was featured in the third episode of her Facebook mini-series, Red Table Talk, co-hosted by her mother Adrienne Canfield Norris, and teenage daughter Willow Smith.
Other topics discussed have included coping with loss, motherhood and body image – with Willow previously disclosing she self-harmed as a child following the release of her debut single Whip My Hair.
Despite having many medical tests, Pinkett Smith said she has not been able to find the cause of her alopecia. She suspects it might be stress.
Other main factors for alopecia are:
1. Thyroid Problems
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the front of the neck. It produces hormones that regulate many processes throughout the body. If the gland makes too much or too little thyroid hormone, the hair growth cycle may falter. But…