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Jada Pinkett Smith is known for being an open book. On March 24, in honor of the United States House of Representatives passing the CROWN Act, the actor opened up about her tumultuous hair journey in Hollywood. "I've had some definite hair regrets," Pinkett Smith says. "Especially on covers."
In the short clip, Pinkett Smith can be seen rocking her now-signature buzz cut. "Being a Black woman in Hollywood, especially in the era that I came up in, having your hair look as European as possible was always the thing," she says.
The actor goes on to say that she had to learn to get the courage to stand up for herself when people would insist on straightening her hair for covers and acting opportunities. This journey is what led her to disregard what people have to say about her buzz cut, especially now that she is embracing her experience with hair loss.
In December, the star shared a little update via Instagram on her journey with alopecia, the autoimmune disorder that is causing her hair loss. "Y'all know I've been struggling with alopecia," Pinkett Smith says at the start of the 40-second video.
In the clip, Pinkett Smith can be seen with no makeup on (skin looking radiant as ever) while she runs her hand over her head. The topic of the video is a faint line on the top of her head that "all of a sudden" appeared one day. "Now this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide, so I thought I'd just share it so ya'll not asking any questions." She then mentions embellishing the spot with rhinestones. "I'm just gonna make me a little crown — that's what Mama's gonna do." In the caption, she added: "Mama's gonna have to take it down to the scalp so nobody thinks she got brain surgery or something😜 Me and this alopecia are going to be friends ... period!😆"
Back in July, Pinkett Smith and her daughter, Willow, got matching buzz cuts, which they showed off in a sweet photo on Instagram. "Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT ... my 50's are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed," she wrote in the caption.
Pinkett Smith's experience may not seem groundbreaking, but her openness is helping normalize discussion around the once-taboo or "embarrassing" topic of hair loss, especially for women. Watch both of the videos ahead.