Lena Dunham shaved her head back in 2017 after her hair started falling out due to illness.
The Girls creator shared a photo of her brunette locks on Instagram on Sunday and explained that she was embracing her long and luscious hair after shaving it all off in 2017.
“Two and a half years ago, I shaved my head,” Lena wrote in the caption. “Not in a fun sassy way but in a ‘my hair is all falling out from my autoimmune disease, better rush to the nearest barber shop and pay them 7 bucks to do this’ way.”
The 33-year-old previously revealed that she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare inherited condition that affects connective tissue, with symptoms including joint pain, dislocations, scoliosis, and chronic pain.
In her lengthy post on social media, Lena said she didn’t have “many answers” to her ongoing health struggles, and was too afraid to talk about her hair falling out. At the time, she was worried people would think, “There goes Lena getting another erratic hair cut, just like she has every week since she was seven and cut her own baby bangs with crafting scissors.”
However, chopping off her long, brunette locks made her face her fears and helped to rethink her beauty ideals.
“Let me just say, bald is f**king beautiful, and it’s a full myth that ladies are meant to have luscious hair… but my hair growing has been a living metaphor these last few years – all I did was leave it alone and something I had lost all of came back to be,” she continued. “I’ll carry that knowledge forward and then, you know what? I’ll probably shave my head again. Just for fun, this time.”
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