Cheyenne Jackson has undergone five hair transplant surgeries since his hair began falling out at the age of 22.
The American Horror Story star, 44, revealed his struggle with hair loss by sharing a picture of a large scar across the back of his head on Instagram on Saturday.
“I’ve been DREADING this day for 17 years. The day when my horrible secret would be revealed,” he wrote in the caption. “No, this gnarly scar across my head isn’t from life-saving brain surgery, nor did I narrowly survive a shark attack. It’s worse. (At least in Hollywood…) I had hair transplant surgery. 5 of them, to be exact over 14 years.”
Jackson admitted that he started to notice his hair thinning around the age of 22, and shared, “It was really emotional for me to watch it fall out & I felt less attractive & truly less like myself as the days went on, so I saved up and got my first surgery at 28. I hid it from everyone. It was painful & expensive but I started to feel better about myself… Over the years as my hair kept thinning, I kept secretly getting more procedures & would just pray that no one would find out.”
Now Jackson, who is sporting a new haircut with shaved back and sides during isolation, has realised hair loss is nothing to be embarrassed about, and hopes that by sharing his story, others will be able to embrace similar issues, too.
“I’m sharing because maybe this will inspire someone out there to share a secret they’ve been hiding, or show a scar that they’ve been afraid of anyone seeing,” he explained. “Let it go. What I’ve learned during this pandemic is that s**t like this just doesn’t matter.”
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