Article by Sonia Horon, Daily Mail, August 10, 2022

Ricki Lake took to Instagram on Wednesday to give a positive update on her hair transformation, after battling hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia for most of her life. 

The 53-year-old Hairspray actress shared a before photo with a shaved head, and an after photo with voluminous hair growth, showing off a dramatic one-year transformation which she credited to her hair care products.

"For those of you who don’t know or don't remember my personal journey. These side by sides show the dramatic success I’ve had using @harklinikken products," the TV host wrote in the caption.

"I’ve been following their simple and easy protocol for over 2 years now. People ask all the time, I use their shampoo, condition daily and their extract at night," she explained.

"I could not be happier with my results and to finally be at peace with my hair loss struggles."

"Pictures are taken just over a year apart," she wrote adding that the first photo was taken on December 31, 2019, and the second photo was taken on January 27, 2021. 

The Scandinavian company that specializes in hair growth called Harklinikken diagnosed her with the hereditary condition known as androgenetic alopecia before treating her according to a People article back in February. 

At the end of last year the star revealed that she has learned a lot since revealing her battle with hair loss two years prior and shaving her head.  

"2 years ago today I took a leap of faith. I finally surrendered and came out about my decades long struggle with hair loss (and shaved my head)," the actress said to her Instagram followers.

"It was so scary and so liberating. The journey since has been such a gift. Self-love and acceptance has been the great takeaway. And 2 years later, I sit in total gratitude for the journey," Lake added.

She went on to thank her friends, family and role models for their support and helping her 'love myself exactly as I am.'

The actress was smiling for the camera as she had her hair buzzed off for the second time. Ricki was embracing her short, grey hair before making the decision again to completely buzz it off.

"First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. Nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering," she began her lengthy Instagram post in 2020. "Suffering mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years. AND I am finally ready to share my secret."