Health & Fitness

Kayla Itsines shatters the stigma around female hair loss

'I have a family history of female pattern baldness.'

Fitness entrepreneur Kayla Itsines may have abs to rival Lara Croft's’s, but for every is-this-real-life shot she posts, there’s another that reveals her relatable side.

The 26-year-old shares makeup-free selfies, she recently showed off her stretch marks, explaining why she really loves them, and on Monday, the social media star let us in on an insecurity she’s had for a very long time — her natural hair.

“Here is a fact that I haven't actually ever really spoken about,” she writes.

“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair (my grandma and mum both have really thin hair as does a lot of my family). I often just wear a clip in pony tail 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.”

Kayla goes on to explain that we all have our little insecurities, and one of hers has always been her hair. Despite the fact that she’s noticed her hair thinning more and more as she gets older, she’s totally accepted, “it is just me!”.

“Yes, of course I'm super conscious about it, and I’ve tried everything to fix it, trust me," she says.
"But, at the same time, I am at peace with it and I will not let it rule my life. So instead, I focus on being healthy and happy.”

Kayla encouraged her following to be proud of what they look like, and share similar experiences, before the hundreds of comments started rolling in.

Hair loss, not unlike stretch marks, is something that affects many young women. In fact, research shows female pattern hair loss occurs in 50% of women before the age of 50. Kayla’s started an important conversation.

One of her supporters writes: “I feel better knowing I'm not and alone and in good company :) it means a lot.”

While another follower says: “This has made my day and I will shine brightly and be proud! Thank you!”

This girl is doing so much more than simply teaching women how to look good in a bikini, and this post proves self-love really is contagious.