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Oscars aftermath Research finds over one third of Irish women have issues with thinning hair

Alopecia has spotlighted in the aftermath of the Chris Rock Oscar controversy


Jada Pinkett Smith (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Jada Pinkett Smith (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Jada Pinkett Smith (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Research has found that over one third of women have issues with thinning hair.

In a survey of over 1,100 women across Ireland, hairdressing group Peter Mark also found that 76% of women have experienced hair loss during a stressful period in their life.

While 1 in 5 women said they were unhappy with their hair, breakage and thinning are two of the biggest hair concerns followed by hair loss.

It comes as alopecia has been put in the spotlight in the aftermath of a joke made by Chris Rock about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s bald head.

After telling her he “couldn’t wait for G.I Jane 2” while presenting onstage at the Oscars, Smith’s husband Will walked onstage and slapped Chris across the face for the comment.

“Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” he said referring to the 1997 film G.I. Jane, which starred Demi Moore with a shaved head.

Upon returning to his seat, Smith shouted “Leave my wife’s name out of your f—king mouth” at the comedian.

Alopecia is the general medical term for hair loss, and there are many types of hair loss with different causes.

Some types of hair loss are permanent, such as pattern baldness, which usually runs in families.

According to the HSE hair loss isn't usually anything to be worried about but occasionally it can be a sign of a medical condition.

The Red Table Talk host revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune condition which causes considerable hair loss.

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“It was terrifying when it first started,” she said, opening up about the condition.

“I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh, my God, am I going bald?’”

“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear,” she explained.

“That’s why I cut my hair — and why I continue to cut it. I just had [thought], ‘OK, I think we’re gonna do another layer of cutting,’ you know?”

“And my hair has been a big part of me. Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual, you know? And having the choice to have hair or not, and then one day to be like, ‘Oh, my God, I might not have the choice.’”

“Even in my terror and even in my fear and in the moment of just going, ‘Oh, my God, like, why are you so terrified that you might lose your hair?’”

“I really had to put it in a spiritual perspective of, like, the higher power takes so much from people,” she continued.

“People are out here who have cancer, people who have sick children. I watch the higher power take things every day,” she said. “And, by golly, if the higher power wants to take your hair, that’s hair? When I looked at it from that perspective, it really did settle me.”

While the condition is not curable, it can be treated with things such as steroids, immunotherapy, and light treatment.

The emotional effects of alopecia also require attention and can be treated through counselling and or alopecia support groups.

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