US TV presenter Ricki Lake unveils her hair loss hell: “From Hairspray to Hairless”

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Ricki Lake has taken to social media to open up about her hair loss ‘hell’.

The iconic US TV presenter and actress, 51, who recently competed in The X Factor : Celebrity on ITV has written on Facebook about her cosmetic and health issue in a lengthy post.

Revealing that she has been suffering “for almost 30 years” with the problem, Ricki says : ” I am finally ready to share my secret.”

The Hairspray star goes on to detail just how intrusive the problem has become in her life.

She writes: “I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life.

“It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing. Not even my therapist/s over the years knew my truth”

Lake reveals in the post – also shared on Instagram – that she hopes by speaking up about the problem it will be “striking a chord” with countless men and women,

Discussing the various reasons for her the loss of her admittedly fine hair, Ricki says it is likely due to a mixture of “yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions.”

Despite various different methods of coping with the problem, including clip-ins, and wigs, she says it left her feeling “fake” and “super self-conscious and uncomfortable.”

Following a recent episode of extreme dieting and her working in London around The X Factor: Celebrity where she finished in 13th place , her hair has been “shredding again, big time.”

Ricki Lake appearing on Loose Women
(Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

However, despite the issues of constantly trying to maintain her hair loss and greying locks, Ricki is ready for a new beginning.

“Well, it is a new year and new decade and a new me,” she proclaims before thanking various friends for their support and listing the various feelings she is experiencing of freedom and liberation for confessing her pains.

“For 2020 and beyond, I want to be real,” she says, but admits she will still wear wigs but for fun this time.

Ricki Lake competed on The X Factor: Celebrity
(Image: ITV)

Ricki signs off by wishing her fans a Happy New Year and we can only wish her a good 2020 ahead!

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