Ashley Tisdale Reveals How She Manages Alopecia-Related Hair Loss
The actress noticed a bald spot in the front of her head.
Ashley Tisdale has a genetic condition that causes hair loss, the actress revealed on January 11. The High School Musical star said a dermatologist diagnosed her with alopecia shortly after the actress noticed a bald spot in the front of her head in her early twenties.
Alopecia is an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles and cause hair loss. Some people with the condition lose all their hair for good, while others may lose patches that grow back.
"Alopecia and hair loss are fairly common, but a lot of people feel embarrassed to talk about these issues," Ashley Tisdale said in an Instagram comment. "That's why I want to talk about it openly — because it's nothing to be ashamed of."
Ashley said stress triggers her alopecia, and the hair that falls out typically grows back. She also noted that stress management through meditation, yoga, and therapy helps minimize her flare-ups.
Ashley also said she had success with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, where doctors inject the patients with a part of the blood that helps with cell growth and regeneration. Though research shows PRP can help patients whose alopecia is hormone-related, there is not enough evidence the treatment works for other types of hair loss.
The medical condition became the center of media attention in 2022 after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars for poking fun at his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia. Jada has been candid about their hair loss from alopecia.
"I don't give two craps about what people feel about this bald head of mine of mine because guess what, I love it," Jada Pinkett Smith said in a March 2022 Instagram video.