Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her hair in a TikTok video, less than a week before Oscars night.
The actress, who lives with alopecia, talked about her hair loss in the video captioned, “✨Crown Act✨ Be proud of your crown❣️ #iamnotmyhair #hairjourney.”
“Being a Black woman and dealing with hair in Hollywood, in the era I came up in, having your hair look as European as possible was always the thing, and that was really challenging, you know, because I liked my hair out wild and curly,” Pinkett Smith says in the video.
“But nobody wanted that, so I always had to do my hair in ways that didn’t feel natural to me because I’m trying to play the game,” the Matrix: Resurrections actress continues. “So if I’m doing a cover, everybody’s [like], ‘No, we want your hair straight and flowy,’ when it’s like, ‘All right, cool, but that’s not really what my hair likes to do.’ ”
Pinkett Smith finishes by saying: “So I had to learn to get the courage to go, ‘Nah, I’m not doing that.’ Which is why I feel the freedom today – I don’t give two craps what people think of this bald head of mine. Because guess what? I love it.”
In 2018, the actress talked candidly about her “issues with hair loss” during an episode of her show Red Table Talk, explaining, “It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair 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.”
“Now at this point, I can only laugh,” she admitted in an Instagram video posted in December 2021. “Y’all know I’ve been struggling with alopecia and just all of a sudden one day, look at this line right here. Look at that.”
She continued, “So it just showed up like that and this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide. So I thought I’d just share it so y’all are not asking any questions.”