Ricki Lake Showed off Shaved Head in Pics as She Revealed Decades-Long Hair Loss Struggles

TV star Ricki Lake bares it all in an emotional Instagram post. The "Hairspray" star opened up on her three-decade-long battle with hair loss.

Ricki let the world in on her "quiet hell" in a new year's day post she shared on Instagram. In the emotional post, she shared a montage of pictures, each showing a unique pose and the last one depicting freedom. 

The TV star penned down an epistle about her struggle with hair loss. She started by declaring that she's been liberated. The actress went on to assure her followers that she wasn't ill or going through some mid-life crisis.

Ricki Lake backstage at the "X Factor Celebrity " Final at LH2 Studios on November 30, 2019 in London, England.| Photo: Getty Images

Ricki Lake backstage at the "X Factor Celebrity " Final at LH2 Studios on November 30, 2019 in London, England.| Photo: Getty Images

The actress revealed that she had been suffering in silence for 30 years. Lake dropped the real tea when she disclosed that she's been struggling with hair loss for most of her adult life.

The "Hairspray" star explained that the condition put her through a traumatic phase of pain, hurt and embarrassment so much that she contemplated committing suicide. Lake wrote:

"I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life."

The TV star recalled that the condition with her hair started in 1988 right after she starred in the original "Hairspray" movie. The actress who portrayed Tracy Turnblad revealed that her hair never went back to normal after it was triple processed every fortnight during filming.

Lake further added that several other factors from radical weight fluctuations, yo-yo dieting, pregnancy, and working as a talent on various shows amongst others played a part in her hair loss. 

The actress seems to be getting an outpouring of love following her reveal

: Ricky Lake attends a screening of "Hairspray" featuring a Q&A with 3 Tracy Turnblads Ricky Lake, Leanne Jones and Lizzie Bea at the BFI Southbank on November 25, 2019 in London, England. |Photo:Getty Images

: Ricky Lake attends a screening of "Hairspray" featuring a Q&A with 3 Tracy Turnblads Ricky Lake, Leanne Jones and Lizzie Bea at the BFI Southbank on November 25, 2019 in London, England. |Photo:Getty Images

Lake didn't sit back and watch her hair loss consume her; she frantically looked for solutions. The actress shared that she tried all forms of hair extensions but couldn't get the hang of it. 

The TV personality shared that she turned to doctors and took several steroid shots to the head as well as dietary supplements. The medical remedy worked for a short while but ended up with her hair shedding still.

She wrote.

"My hair would recover and then shed again. It was maddening."

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Liberated and Free, Me. First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering. 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. To read more: please go to my Facebook page. ❤️

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The last straw that broke the TV personality happened when her hair started shedding in droves after she went on an extreme diet, losing about 9kg in six weeks. The event gave her awakening and pushed her to face her truth.

In the three-decade-long struggle and despite getting support from family members, Lake describes the journey as lonely because no one truly understood the pain she was going through. 

Lake revealed that she hopes her coming out inspires men and women facing the same struggle to embrace their truth. Her post did truly inspire people as men and women suffering the same plight took to the comment section to applaud her.

The actress seems to be getting an outpouring of love following her reveal as a new Instagram post imply. She shared another picture thanking everyone for being supportive.

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