Actor Cheyenne Jackson, who is best known for his roles in “American Horror Story” and “30 Rock”, shared an emotional post on Instagram in which he revealed the truth about his hair loss.
The 44-year-old actor shared a story about his fight with hair loss and hair transplant surgery. He revealed that he had his first surgery at age 28 after he began losing his hair at age 22.
“I’ve been DREADING this day for 17 years. The day when my horrible secret would be revealed. 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. Five of them, to be exact over 14 years”, Jackson wrote on Instagram.
The actor wrote that it is a bit strange to admit having hair surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic, but he wanted to “release how much shame and anxiety” he had “about people finding out for years”.
Jackson wrote it was painful and expensive, but he started to feel better about himself. The “Watchmen” star hopes that story 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”.
His followers encouraged him in comments sharing their own experiences and stories. “I’ve had 3 and have always admitted it! It helps people who have shame about their hair loss”, designer Marc Jacobs wrote and thanked the actor for sharing this.
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I’ve been DREADING this day for 17 years. The day when my horrible secret would be revealed. 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. My inner monologue is “Really Cheyenne? With everything that’s going on in the world, you’re CONFESSING that you had hair surgery? Get over yourself.” I get it, but I’m admitting this really, to RELEASE how much shame & anxiety I’ve had about people finding out for years. I started losing my hair around 22. My older brother was balding too, but was way braver & cooler & just shaved his off. 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. Why? Why did I care so much? What does that say about me? Being a vain actor in an industry that rewards beauty, I vowed to keep this my secret forever. I feel SO stupid saying that but it’s my truth. As if someone finding out would somehow negate my talent, or make me less viable or valuable in the world. At the beginning of every job, I’d secretly gather the hair & makeup people, dramatically close the door of the trailer, & make a big deal about REVEALING my devastating truth. Every. Single. Time. they basically said “ummm…yeah…so?” NO ONE CARED BUT ME! 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. Let it go. What I’ve learned during this pandemic is that shit like this just doesn’t matter. I’m trying to teach my kids to accept themselves & to be proud of who they are, & to put value on things that are IMPORTANT & REAL so as their father, the example should start with me. This is that. I’ll go first. #ShowYourScars