Life Ricky Lake makes a radical decision and shaves By weekster Posted on January 7, 2020 7 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Ricki Lake opens a booklet about a condition with which she has lived in silence for almost 30 years. The 51-year-old TV celebrity shared a photo on Instagram of her practically shaved head and explained what led her to change her appearance so radically. “Almost nobody knew how much pain I was in” “Free and free, I,” she begins her long argument. “To begin with, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I do not have a midlife crisis or a mental breakdown, but I have suffered. Usually in silence and almost 30 years. And I am finally ready to share my secret. ” She then explains how she fought against hair loss for almost her entire adult life. “It was debilitating, embarrassing, painful, frightening, depressing, lonely, all those things. I sometimes even thought of suicide. Almost no one knew how much pain I had and how traumatic it was for me. Even the therapists I knew the truth not. ” Ricki Lake hopes with her outbursts to help others who also have to do with hair loss. She also wants to free herself from the ‘silent hell’ she has lived in all this time. View this post on Instagram Liberated and Free, Me. 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. Suffering mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years. AND I am finally ready to share my secret. Deep breath Ricki…. Here goes….. 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. I know that by sharing my truth, I will be striking a chord with so so many women and men. I am not alone in this and my goal is to help others while at the same time unshackle myself from this quiet hell I have been living in. Ever since I played Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray back in 1988 and they triple-processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every 2 weeks during filming, my hair was never the same. (Yes, that was all my own hair in the film.) From Hairspray to Hairless. 🙁 In my case, I believe my hair loss was due to many factors, yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions. Working as talent on various shows and movies, whether DWTS or my talk show, also took its toll on my fine hair. I got used to wearing extensions, really just over the last decade. All different kinds, tried them all, the ones that are glued on, the tape-ins, the clip ins, and then into a total hair system that I hated, and finally to a unique solution that really did work pretty well for me for the last 4 or 5 years. I tried wigs on a few occasions but never could get used to them. It all felt fake and I was super self-conscious and uncomfortable. 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. To read more: please go to my Facebook page. ❤️ A post shared by Ricki Lake (@rickilake) on Jan 1, 2020 at 11:25am PST The hair loss began when she was involved in the Hairspray movie in 1988. The actress thinks there were various causes, from yo-yo diets, pregnancies, stress to dyeing her hair and the long-term use of hair extensions. Soon after posting her new look, she was bombarded with positive responses. “You are so brave and you look fantastic,” wrote a follower. And: “Thank you for your vulnerability from the very first moment. We love you !!!