Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair condition explained

The 94th Academy Awards was downright entertaining. But what caught everyone’s attention was when actor Will Smith allegedly slapped presenter Chris Rock on stage following a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.

Before presenting the Oscar for the category, comedian Chris Rock joked that Jada Pinkett Smith, who has publicly admitted to suffering from a condition causing hair loss, could be in the running for ‘GI Jane 2 “. Jada explained that she had to shave her head completely after her hair started falling out in clumps.

After Will slapped Chris, the entire auditorium fell silent for a few seconds, Will returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.”

Now Will Smith took offense to the G.I. Jane joke because in the 1997 film, the lead, Jordan O’Neil, went through Navy Seal training, and she outlives many of her male counterparts after participating in Seal’s brutal grooming. O’Neil has even stripped herself of her femininity, shaved her head to become the “GI Jane”.

But in Jada’s case, she’s dealing with a very real condition called Alopecia Areata. So what is it? Here’s what you need to know.

What is alopecia?

Alopecia, or alopecia areata, is an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out in clumps. There are different types of alopecia and it usually occurs in women between the ages of 30 and 50. The condition is different for different people. Some people only lose hair in a few areas, others lose a lot and for some it gets better on its own.

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Causes of alopecia

This may be due to genetic reasons or a history of baldness in the family. Other potential causes include seasonal allergies, asthma, genetic predisposition to alopecia, stress, thyroid disease, vitiligo, and even Down syndrome. There is still no specific reason that causes this condition.

Treatment of alopecia

There is no proper solution for this condition but doctors have suggested some ways for hair regrowth. There are corticosteroids, which are anti-inflammatory drugs used on the affected areas for regrowth. Immunotherapy that targets bald areas with chemicals for hair growth.

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The condition seriously affects a person’s self-esteem and mental health.

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