Alopecia and the celebs who've struggled with it
Ashley Tisdale reveals that she's been struggling with stress-related hair loss
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CELEBRITY Hair loss
How much do you know about alopecia? Did you know, for example, that there are different forms of alopecia? For instance, alopecia areata is a condition where the hair falls out in small patches. The patches can connect to make someone fully bald. Essentially, the condition forms when the immune system attacks hair follicles. This hair loss can not only occur on the scalp, but the face and other parts of the body as well.
Ashley Tisdale posted a video to Instagram on Jan. 11 revealing that she was struggling with alopecia. The 'High School Musical' star opened up about her recent issues with stress-related hair loss with the hope of making others with alopecia feel less alone. She went into further detail in an essay on her health and beauty website, Frenshe. "A couple of months ago, while simultaneously moving, starting a home renovation, and kicking off a TV project, I noticed that a patch of my hair was starting to fall out," she wrote. "Nothing major—just a small section behind my ear—but still, it was happening, and not for the first time. A few years ago, the same thing happened when I was overly stressed, so I knew exactly what I was experiencing: alopecia."
Tisdale went on to describe her preferred methods for managing the condition, which for her, starts with managing her stress levels. "Eating with a focus on gut health also helps me thrive," she explained. She also stressed the point that self-care has to be a priority for those dealing with alopecia.
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