Ashley Tisdale reveals her struggle with alopecia and how she’s suffered hair loss since her 20s

Ashley Tisdale discusses her struggle with alopecia and how she’s suffered from hair loss since her early 20s: ‘It’s nothing to be ashamed of’

Ashley Tisdale shared about her struggles with alopecia in a candid new video posted to her Instagram on Wednesday.

The High School Musical alum, 37 – who is soon set to star in a comedy loosely based on her life as a new mother – revealed she has been struggling with the autoimmune condition, which causes hair loss, since her early 20s.

‘A lot of people feel embarrassed to talk about these issues. Any type of hair loss can affect your self-esteem, especially if you feel like you’re the only one going through it. That’s why I want to talk about it openly — because it’s nothing to be ashamed of,’ she wrote in the caption of the video.

Candid: Ashley Tisdale shared about her struggles with alopecia in a candid new video posted to her Instagram on Wednesday

Candid: Ashley Tisdale shared about her struggles with alopecia in a candid new video posted to her Instagram on Wednesday

‘Alopecia and hair loss are fairly common,’ she assured her 15.4M followers at the start of her caption.

The actress – who gave birth to her and husband Christopher French’s daughter Jupiter in 2021 – then revealed that the cause for her struggles with hair loss has been stress.

‘Sometimes it’s connected to hormones, other times to heredity, and for me, it’s connected to stress overload,’ she wrote. 

Long time: The High School Musical alum, 37, revealed she has been struggling with the autoimmune condition, which causes hair loss, since her early 20s, Pictured in 2004

Long time: The High School Musical alum, 37, revealed she has been struggling with the autoimmune condition, which causes hair loss, since her early 20s, Pictured in 2004

'Nothing to be ashamed of': The actress wrote in her caption, 'A lot of people feel embarrassed to talk about these issues,' adding, 'That's why I want to talk about it openly'

‘Nothing to be ashamed of’: The actress wrote in her caption, ‘A lot of people feel embarrassed to talk about these issues,’ adding, ‘That’s why I want to talk about it openly’

In the clip, Tisdale shared some of the causes behind the hair loss, noting that she first noticed it in her early 20s as a ‘little bald spot’ in her hairline. 

She revealed that she had asked her hair colorist about it, who told her it was alopecia, which was then confirmed by her dermatologist.

The beauty shared that her particular case is tied to stress and that her hair always eventually grows back.

She then reveled that what works best for her, in terms of how to manage the condition, is meditation, yoga and ‘figuring out what is a big deal versus not a big deal’ when it comes to stress. 

How she discovered it: Tisdale shared that she first noticed it in her 20s as a 'little bald spot' in her hairline, which was then confirmed to be alopecia by her dermatologist; Pictured 2004

How she discovered it: Tisdale shared that she first noticed it in her 20s as a ‘little bald spot’ in her hairline, which was then confirmed to be alopecia by her dermatologist; Pictured 2004

Stress: The actress revealed that the cause for her struggles with hair loss has been stress. 'Sometimes it’s connected to hormones, other times to heredity, and for me, it’s connected to stress overload'

Stress: The actress revealed that the cause for her struggles with hair loss has been stress. ‘Sometimes it’s connected to hormones, other times to heredity, and for me, it’s connected to stress overload’

What works: She then reveled that what works best for her to manage the condition is meditation, yoga and 'figuring out what is a big deal versus not a big deal' in terms of stress

What works: She then reveled that what works best for her to manage the condition is meditation, yoga and ‘figuring out what is a big deal versus not a big deal’ in terms of stress

The former Disney star also shared that her diet is important, and that she follows a ‘basically like paleo’ eating plan. 

Additionally, she recommended a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment for those struggling with the condition, saying that she’s seen great results herself.

PRP involves drawing a person’s blood and then injecting it into the affected area on the scalp.

Towards the end of the clip she also assured those who have been struggling with the condition, and said, ‘You’re not alone.’ 

Treatments: She previously opened up about her struggle with alopecia in December, and recommended a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment for those struggling with the condition

Treatments: She previously opened up about her struggle with alopecia in December, and recommended a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment for those struggling with the condition

Tisdale previously opened up about her struggle with alopecia for the first time in December, posting a photo of herself with a white bandage over her hairline, after undergoing PRP treatment.

‘I haven’t ever discussed this before, but I do get alopecia when I am in times of high stress. 12 years ago was when I was diagnosed with it. The hair always grows back in the small areas I have it but I noticed PRP makes it grow back faster,’ she wrote at the time.  

As for her professional life, the actress recently signed on to star in a show loosely based on her life for CBS.  

The network has moved the single-camera comedy Brutally Honest into development with Ashley serving as an executive producer, it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter in November.

Mom of one: The actress gave birth to her and husband Christopher French's daughter Jupiter in 2021. She is next set to star in a comedy loosely based on her life as a new mother

Mom of one: The actress gave birth to her and husband Christopher French’s daughter Jupiter in 2021. She is next set to star in a comedy loosely based on her life as a new mother

WHAT IS ALOPECIA?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes your hair to come out, often in clumps the size and shape of a quarter. The amount of hair loss is different in everyone. Some people lose it only in a few spots. Others lose a lot. Sometimes, hair grows back but falls out again later. In others, hair grows back for good.

There are different types of this condition. Alopecia areata is most common in its main form, but there are other, more rare types:

Alopecia areata totalis means you’ve lost all the hair on your head.

Alopecia areata universalis is the loss of hair over your entire body.

Diffuse alopecia areata is a sudden thinning of your hair rather than lost patches.

Ophiasis alopecia areata causes hair loss in a band shape around the sides and back of your head.

Information courtesy webmd.com 

 

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