“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,” the actress, 52, explained on a Jan. 27 segment. “And I learned so much through the process of really letting go of something that had been really bothering me.”
She attributed her hair loss to constant dying, styling, and teasing over her years in show business (particularly during her 1988 role as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray), “yo-yo dieting,” hormonal changes, stress, pregnancy, and genetics, among other things. And she tried every possible solution to make it stop
“I’ve been to many doctors, gotten steroid shots in my head, taking all the supplements and then some. My hair would recover and then shed again. It was maddening,” she wrote. A year after the big shave, she’s rocking a salt-and-pepper pixie style with the help of a Scandanavian hair company called Harklinikken, founded by Lars Skjoeth. “His topical extract has been a game-changer for me,” Lake wrote on Instagram, showing off her progress. According to People, Skjoeth diagnosed her with a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia.
“My hope is that I am able to help others struggling, as I did for far too long,” Lake continued. “This journey has been such a gift for me, I finally truly love my hair, and more importantly love myself unconditionally from the inside out.”