Will Smith's Wife  Jada Pinkett Smith's autoimmune condition of Alopeica Areata

A slap by actor Will Smith to comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars stunned viewers across the globe who “couldn't believe” what they saw “on live TV

Rock was slapped for a joke he cracked about Will Smith's wife Jada's tightly cropped hair. Jada Pinkett Smith, suffers from alopecia, and publicly revealed her diagnosis in 2018.

What is alopecia?

According to US Department of Health and Human Services, alopecia areata is condition that happens when the immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss.

What causes the condition?

In alopecia areata, the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, causing inflammation. Researchers believe that both genetic and environmental  factors play a role.

Types of alopecia areata

Health experts have classified the hair loss condition in three types: Patchy Totalis  Universalis

source: NDTV

What Jada said about her condition?

The actor first revealed about her condition publicly on her Red Table Talk series in 2018. She said it "was terrifying" to deal with when alopecia first started.

Pinkett Smits also said that she used to find “handful of hair” while taking shower. She went on to say that she then decided to cut her hair. The actor debuted her shaved hairstyle in July 2021.