Fitness Guru Kayla Itsines Opens Up About Her Struggle With Female Pattern Baldness

"I am at peace with it and I will not let it rule my life."

Instagram often feels like a place where people portray their most perfect selves. The platform is filled with scenic vacation photos, aesthetically pleasing meals, and seemingly flawless selfies. But it's also become a popular platform for people to speak out about issues that are important to them, such as discrimination or their struggles with health conditions. 

If you're one of fitness guru Kayla Itsines's 7.1 million Instagram followers, you've probably noticed she posts tons of photos of her swoon-worthy travel destinations, colorful smoothie bowls you'd love to sink your spoon into, and flawless gym selfies. Her life looks pretty perfect online, but recently, she used one of her selfies to touch on an issue you'd never guess she has. 



Itsines revealed that she's been struggling with female pattern baldness. More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with pattern baldness each year and the condition results in permanent hair loss. While we often hear about the struggles men face with pattern hair loss, fewer women open up publicly about their issues. So, it's pretty refreshing to see someone with such a large following talk about it. 

"I have had a lot of you girls ask me about my hair!! So here is a fact that I haven't actually ever really spoken about," Itsines wrote on Instagram. "My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair." She shared that both her mom and grandma have the same issue.

"I often just wear a clip-in ponytail when I want long hair. It is something I have come to terms with over the years. I have a family history of female pattern baldness. Most days, as you would see, I leave my hair in a messy bun with a hair tie and I do nothing with it," Itsines continued. "I know we all have our own little insecurities, and one of mine has always been my hair." 

She shared that the issue has worsened as she's gotten older. Her hair continues to thin, despite her efforts to stop it. 

"Yes, of course, I'm super conscious about it and I've tried everything to fix it, trust me. But, at the same time, I am at peace with it and I will not let it rule my life," she said. "So instead I focus on being healthy and happy. This is definitely a really difficult thing to do and I know from first-hand experience, but it is definitely worth it and you have NOTHING to be shy about, be PROUD. I am sure all of you girls know what I am saying, so let's talk about it." 

Many of her followers revealed that they too have struggled with thinning hair and appreciated that Itsines opened up the issue. 

"Thank you for sharing this! I don't feel so alone! I've been going through this for years. It's depressing, heartbreaking, and embarrassing! It def took its toll on my self-esteem," one Instagram user commented. "I've learned to be OK with it bc I have to, or else it would take over my life! When I saw this post and read [the] comment, I just got super emotional! I always tell myself it could be worse or there are others that are going through far worse, but it is depressing! So thank you for sharing this!" 

"Thank you for sharing! Hopefully, this will bring more attention and understanding to hair problems. As someone that suffers with androgenic alopecia (female pattern baldness) I can definitely empathize," another wrote. 

Whether or not you can empathize with Itsine's issues, her positive attitude is one we can all benefit from emulating. Instead of letting her "flaw" keep her down, she focuses on what she can change about her health and her happiness. 

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