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Ricki Lake Is Speaking Out About Her Struggle With Hair Loss, and We Love Her Even More for It

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Actress and TV host Ricki Lake recently debuted her buzz cut on Instagram, complete with an emotional post that will tug at anyone's heartstrings. 

On Jan. 1, she used the platform to open up about her experience with hair loss (commonly known as alopecia) and how it affected her over the years. The actress even went as far as to describe it as a "quiet hell." But now, Ricki is done with hiding her struggle. Here's what she had to say.

What caused Ricki Lake's hair loss?

It turns out that her most famous role cost her her healthy hair. When she played Tracy in Hairspray, her hair was processed so much that it became damaged.  

She said: "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."