Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha made an emotional confession about losing her hair and being told she has the balding gene.
The TV presenter was in the process of talking about a new curly hair product when she broke down in tears during a video uploaded to her Facebook on Tuesday evening.
Nadia, 52, found herself weeping as she opened up about the effects of hair loss and saying goodbye to her beloved curls.
She told fans she’s often praised for having “gorgeous, glorious, wonderful, amazing natural curls” but they’re actually not real.
“They’re fake,” she said.
“I used to have the most amazing hair, it was my crowning glory and my most favourite ting about myself and the one thing I didn’t have to worry about myself, looks wise. It was thick, lustrous, I didn’t have to do anything to it…”
It was at this point Nadia began to well up which she admitted had taken her by surprise.
Composing herself, Nadia explained that her hair first started to change during pregnancy and then when she entered perimenopause. She sought advice from a hair specialist who told her she carries the balding gene and he drew a picture of her hairs, showing how many of the follicles were now closed and wouldn’t reopen.
“My hair really started to change after I had my kids – bloody kids!” she joked.
“I lost a lot, like loads of mums do, also the texture started to change in it, so having gone from naturally curly hair it started to go a bit frizzy.
“It wasn’t really bad, then when I started to go into perimenopause I seemed to lose, I think, maybe a third of my hair. People do say ‘your hair is so thick and amazing’ but it’s not…
“It’s balding. I’m losing it all over.”
Nadia went on to say that she “feels bad” even complaining about her hair when others have lost their hair through alopecia or cancer treatment, but it does get her down.
“I feel bad even saying this when you think of people who have lost their hair completely through alopecia or cancer treatment but it doesn’t really make it any easier, the fact I’m losing my hair.”
“I feel bad even saying this when you think of people who have lost their hair completely through alopecia or cancer treatment but it doesn’t really make it any easier, the fact I’m losing my hair.
Nadia said: “I went to the top hair specialist and he said to me that I actually do have the balding gene – that’s funny but not funny, I didn’t know women could have the balding gene. But I have the balding gene.”
She added: “Sometimes I think I shouldn’t be so ungrateful, why do I get so upset? My hair can still look really good with all the stuff on Loose Women, make up artists are brilliant and do all sorts of stuff to my hair, and I should just be grateful. It just sounds pathetic even saying it… but it does make me really sad, it just makes me feel old, I cant help it, it does. I should feel grateful I have any hair and it could be so much worse.
“I do say I’m grateful for what I still have but it doesn’t mean I don’t miss my hair terribly.”
Nadia’s fans were quick to send their love and support to her, with many saying they had been through a similiar experience and completely understood her feelings.
One wrote: “Nadia I commend you for your honesty and bravery. You will always be beautiful.”
Another said: “Bless you Nadia. So many women have to face this and you do not realise how much you have helped others by being so honest and showing your feelings about this.”
A third added: “That was really admirable of u to admit that, u would really never know though…and there is no doubt that u still look fab!!”