Ricki Lake Shares Update Three Years After Revealing Her 'Embarrassing' Fight With Hair Loss

Rae Batchelor
Ricki lake smiling at the camera with a dog.
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Ricki Lake is updating her fans on her hair loss journey in an emotional post.

The actress, who skyrocketed to fame in Hairspray (the ORIGINAL, thank you very much) and who had her own fantastic talk show for ten years, is a huge star. Ricki went viral for sharing the impactful reason behind deciding to shave her head in 2019, and is now sharing an impactful update three years later.

"Liberated and Free, Me," Ricki began her initial post.

"First things first," she shared. "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," she revealed.

"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," she wrote.

"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," she went on.

Ricki is now updating fans on her hair journey.

"For those of you who don’t know or don’t remember my personal journey," she shared. "These side by sides show the dramatic success I’ve had using @harklinikken products. I’ve been following their simple and easy protocol for over 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."

Fans took to the comments to express their love and support for Ricki.

"Gorgeous! Thank you for being brave enough to share you journey!" wrote one fan.

"Your story is resounding, but it’s your joy I see the most. With hair and love," added another.

We couldn't agree more!