Ricki Lake shares moment she shaved her head after suffering from hair loss

Ricki Lake proved she is top of the chops after publicly sharing the poignant moment she shaved her own head.

The actress and former US chat show host has previously opened up about her decades-long battle with hair loss.

Taking to her socials this week, Ricki, 54, celebrated the day she decided to get a buzz cut.

In the video, the emotional American and a trusted friend are seen setting to work with a pair of clippers.

‘I surrender. I change my mind,’ Ricki quips, adding: ‘I’m so fucking excited not to see all the hair in the shower drain.’

In the accompanying caption, the mum-of-two explained that she hoped to inspire others experiencing androgenic hair loss – a genetically predetermined disorder sparked by an excessive response to a group of sex hormones called androgens.

‘Three years ago today, on the afternoon of New Year’s eve day 2019, I took a brave ass leap of faith and chose to make the drastic decision to shave my head after years and years of struggling in secret,’ she wrote.

‘I have never shared this raw video footage before but felt like I wanted to now, for those of you who have followed my story and have invested in it. Some of you know my struggle all too well personally and I want you to know, I truly feel you.’

Ricki continued: ‘In this video, you can see me come to a place of peace, liberation, and most importantly, self-love and self-acceptance. I want to thank my dear friends, who were present during this transformation. I will never forget your support, love, kindness and humour.’

‘After three years, I can honestly say I appreciate my natural gray hair and sometimes wild unruly head of hair.’

She concluded: ‘May all of you who struggle with whatever also come to a place of peace and acceptance. Life is too damn short.’


Last summer, Ricki, who made her film debut in the 1988 musical Hairspray, directed by John Waters, posted a ‘before’ picture of her short ‘do and an ‘after’ photo of her hair growth, which she credited to Harklinikken haircare products.

‘I’ve been following their simple and easy protocol for 2 years now. People ask all the time, I use their shampoo, condition daily and their extract at night. I could not be happier with my results and to finally be at peace with my hair loss struggles,’ she gushed.

Meanwhile, things are far from knotty on the love life front as Ricky also recently marked her first wedding anniversary with lawyer husband Ross Burningham.

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