Ricki Lake has revealed how shaving her head helped her to find love, while freeing her from her secret decades-long battle with hair loss that left her feeling suicidal, as she proudly shows off her newly regrown locks.
The 52-year-old actress made the decision to buzz off all her hair in January last year, a bold move that she shared with the world on Instagram – where she also opened up about her hair loss struggles, which she had kept hidden for decades, while behind-the-scenes, it was slowly destroying her confidence.
Although she admits that shaving her head was an ‘impulsive’ decision, Ricki now says she couldn’t be happier about doing it – revealing to DailyMail.com that the ‘freedom’ she felt after finally sharing her hair loss story restored her self-confidence and eventually led her to find love with the ‘perfect’ man.
Transformed: Ricki Lake has revealed her secret to finally achieving natural, healthy hair, one year after shaving her head in the wake of a secret 30-year-long hair loss struggle
Freedom: The 52-year-old admits that the decision to shave her head was ‘impulsive’ but believes the feeling of liberation she got after doing it has helped her to find love again
‘Perfect’: Ricki met her new boyfriend Ross over the summer, after bumping into him while out on a ‘COVID walk’ in Los Angeles, and the two quickly fell head over heels
‘[It’s a miracle that] I found love at 52 with the most perfect guy for me,’ she said.
Ricki’s new romance comes four years after she lost her ‘beloved’ ex-husband Christian Evans to suicide in 2017 – and the TV star believes that her decision to shave her head helped to give her the confidence to find love once again.
‘You know, I really think there is hope because if I can find love after losing my beloved, you know, four years ago to to suicide and mental illness, I never, ever, ever thought I’d have an opportunity to share my life with someone. And I met a perfect guy at the perfect time during COVID of all things,’ Ricki said of her romance with partner Ross, who she met while enjoying a ‘COVID walk’ in Los Angeles over the summer.
Ricki believes that Ross was ‘drawn’ to her natural confidence, something that only came after she made the brave decision to shave her head and share her hair loss story after keeping it hidden for so long.
‘In this relationship I think, you know, I’m more free. I feel comfortable and that’s one of the things he was so drawn to how confident I am,’ she said.
‘We all have our insecurities, but I think being set free of this issue has really helped me in becoming the best person I can be.’
The filmmaker says she is taking the relationship day by day and relishing spending time with Ross, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t thinking about what may happen in the future.
When asked if she has thought about marrying again, Ricky coyly replied: ‘Never say never…’
Opening up: When Ricki shaved her head in January 2020, she admits she was ‘really at the end of her rope’, having ‘silently struggled’ with her hair loss on and off for three decades
Throwback: When she opened up about her hair loss for the first time, Ricki (pictured while in school) attributed it to crash diets, hormones, genetics, and dying her hair for Hairspray
Under cover: Ricki kept her struggles hidden for decades, even as her hair loss was taking a serious toll on her life and career, and had left her feeling suicidal
Bravery: After shaving her head, Ricki believed that her hair would never regrow, and is stunned with her transformation over the past year
As well as finding love again, Ricki has also achieved another goal that she always thought was out of her reach: healthy, thick hair.
The former Hairspray star, who attributed the loss of her hair to crash diets, hormones, genetics, and dying her hair for the 1988 movie musical, began working with haircare brand Harklinikken soon after she revealed that she had shaved her head when its founder Lars reached out to offer his help.
‘I’m feeling like I have to pinch myself because I never, ever anticipated that I’d be in the place right now where my hair has grown back,’ she said.
Ricki confessed that when she made the decision to shave her head, she was ‘really at the end of her rope’ having been ‘struggling silently for so, so long’.
‘I was like, I’m going to I’m going to just do this and surrender,’ she explained. ‘And when I did, I really had the the expectation that my hair would never recover. And so to now be a year later, I’ve been using this amazing product called Harklinikken.’
Over the years, Ricki had tried anything and everything available to try and treat her hair loss, trialing all manner of over-the-counter products, as well as more intense medical options, including plasma treatments and prescription solutions. To her dismay, nothing worked.
When she made the decision to shave her head, Ricki did so with the knowledge that her hair would likely never grow back – but having spent so long hating the way her locks looked, she was happy to take that chance.
What a difference a year makes! Having resigned herself to a life without hair, Ricki admits she still has to pinch herself when she looks in the mirror and sees thick, healthy locks
Teamwork: Ricki has now teamed up with Danish haircare brand Harklinikken, the company behind her ‘miraculous’ hair regrowth
Say what? ‘I’m feeling like I have to pinch myself because I never, ever anticipated that I’d be in the place right now where my hair has grown back,’ she said of her journey with Harklinikken
True love: When asked whether she would remarry, Ricki replied, ‘Never say never…’
‘I have to say, I felt good in my skin a lot of my life, but there was always this piece that was bothering me every time I looked in the mirror, every time I could see my scalp or every time I get in the shower, I see clumps of hair,’ she explained.
‘It was just plaguing me. But now that has been lifted. I have been set free from that experience of hating my hair. And of staring at other women’s hair.
‘I became obsessed with other women looking at their hair. [Thinking to myself] is that real? Is that extensions or do they color? I became sort of fanatical about it.’
Having resigned herself to a life without hair, Ricki says it is a ‘miracle’ that she has managed to regrow a thick head of healthy locks just 12 months later.
She has now reached a level of confidence that she never thought possible even a year ago.
‘It was such a sort of release for me to let go and to now be on the other side of it,’ she said.
‘And I love my hair now, I actually like that it’s my natural color. You can’t bottle this. This is my gray silver hair. It’s about self-love, self acceptance. Ijust I feel really good in my skin these days.
‘The hair on my head is a miracle.’