Ricki Lake opens up about 'debilitating' hair loss battle


Ricki Lake is opening up about her hair loss battle.

The former talk show host talked about her 30-year journey with the condition on “Good Morning America” and even showed off a new look.

"It was such a right of passage last year taking the leap of faith to shave my head, and my hair, thankfully, has grown back," Lake said about her decision to speak out about the condition last January.

"And I learned so much through the process of really letting go of something that had been really bothering me for decades,” she added.

At the time, she told Robin Roberts that the secret condition was "debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, [and] lonely,” adding that she would often mask it with hair treatments and extensions.

Lake explained that the irreversible damage to her hair happened during her run on “Hairspray” in 1988.

She added that her career in the public eye, hormones, crash dieting, and genetics all played a contributing factor.

However, the 52-year-old said that the COVID-19 pandemic made her realize hair loss is no longer a huge issue.

"I've come to embrace not only my hair that has grown back, but also the color," she explained.

"This is my natural color and as a society as women, we're not supposed to embrace aging,” she said of the silver and gray hue.

She explained that sharing her secret was “liberating” and met with tons of public support.

She also noted that “self love” helped her get through the very dark period, and since learning to love herself, she has also found love amid a pandemic.

"It's all a miracle. My hair is back and I found love during COVID," she said. "That is my beautiful partner, Ross, and he is amazing. I met him, I was on a COVID walk, I ran into an acquaintance. He said, 'Are you single?' I said, 'Yes' and I am so happy."

"Most people who have been following my story know I lost my husband to mental illness and suicide almost four years ago and I never, ever thought I'd find true love again and I consider myself a very lucky woman," she added.

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