Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about losing her hair in the latest episode of her chat show, Red Table Talk, hosted on Facebook.
The 46-year-old actress responded to questions about her choice to wear a turban recently, opening up about the 'terrifying' experience.
"I've been getting a lot of questions about why I've been wearing this turban. Well, I've been having issues with hair loss. And it was terrifying when it first started."
She recalls having clumps of hair come loose in the shower, filling her with fear.
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"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 with fear. That's why I cut my hair and continue to cut it."
Reflecting on the experience, she expressed her sadness at having to change her routine as her haircare used to be a "beautiful ritual", but counts herself lucky as it's given her perspective.
"People are out here with cancer, with sick children… I watch the higher power take things every day. When I looked at it from that perspective it did settle me."
She hosts her Facebook mini-series with her mother, Adrienne Canfield Norris, and her daughter, Willow Smith. The show has previously touched on topics such as self-harm, with Willow admitting she struggled after the release of her song 'Whip My Hair', in 2010.
"It was after that whole Whip My Hair thing and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?’"
"After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album and I was like, 'I’m not gonna do that'. And after all of that kind of settled down and it was like a kind of lull, I was just listening to a lot of dark music... I was plunged into this black hole, and I was cutting myself."
Jada was visibly shocked at the reveal, asking, "What?! When were you cutting yourself? I didn’t see that part. Cutting yourself where?”
On my wrist," Willow replied, "I totally lost my sanity for a moment there. I never talk about it because it was such a short weird point in my life."
The honest show touches on some difficult topics, and we have total respect for the Smith family for leading the conversation.