Jada Pinkett Smith reveals how she learned to accept her hair loss
Will Smith's family all seem to be successful in their own right, with his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, and their two children never being overwhelmed by the shadow of the Fresh Prince. One of the interesting things the female side of the family do on the side is the Facebook show Red Table Talk, in which Jada is joined by her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones.
In the most recent episode, titled 'Body Confessions! Jada tells All At The Table', Jada revealed why she's been wearing so many head wraps on the show and outside of it. "I haven't talked about it," she explained. "It's not easy to talk about. But I am gonna talk about it."
With tears in her eyes, she went into depth about she discovered that she was losing her hair and how it made her feel at the time:
"I've been having issues with hair loss. It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair... just in my hands. And I was like 'Oh my god, am I going bald?' It was one of those times in my life when I was literally shaking with fear.
"That's why I cut my hair, and why I continued to cut it. I just had like another 'okay, I think we're going to do another layer of cutting'.
"My hair has been a big part of me. Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual, and having the choice to have hair or not - and then one day thinking I may not have that choice."
They all reminisced about how thick and long her hair had been in the past, with Jada commenting that she had many people assuming it must be a weave. But now she's faced with losing it all, and despite going through "every kind of test there is to have," they still don't know exactly why - though many assume it must be alopecia or maybe even stress-related.
However, Jada has found her own way to deal with what is happening to her, finding acceptance by looking at the world around her. "Even in my terror and even in my fear and in the moment of just going 'my god' - why are you so terrified that you might lose your hair?" she asked.
"I really had to put it in a spiritual perspective - the higher power takes so much from people, people are out here who have cancer, people have sick children... I watch the higher power take things every day and by golly, if the higher power wants to take your hair, that's it?
"When I looked at it from that perspective, it really did settle me. What else would you put on the table for god to take? Take the hair."
In the rest of the video, she explained how she now enjoys wrapping her hair up in different ways, claiming that it makes her "feel like a queen". However horrible it must have been to discover her hair was falling out, it's amazing to see Jada find a positive way to look at things.