Gail Mabalane

‘Blood&Water’ actress Gail Mabalane. Images via Instagram @gail_mabalane

Actress Gail Mabalane opens up about her battle with alopecia

‘Blood & Water’ actress Gail Mabalane has opened up about her battle with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.

Gail Mabalane

‘Blood&Water’ actress Gail Mabalane. Images via Instagram @gail_mabalane

Kabelo Mabalane’s actress wife Gail Mabalane, who is popularly known for her role in Blood & Water recently discussed her battle with alopecia in honour of September being Alopecia Universal Awareness Month.   

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The Blood & Water actress Gail Mabalane took to her Instagram account to give hope to other women who battle with the disorder and referred to September being Alopecia Universal Awareness Month.  

According to Sunday World, alopecia affects men and women and involves the loss of facial and body hair, as well as hair on the scalp.  

“My wish is for everyone who is experiencing hair loss to know that you are not alone. I know that the experience comes with a ton of emotions. When we work through them, we come out stronger on the other side,” she wrote.  

The former The Wild actress also revealed she started experiencing hair loss and noticed that she was getting bald patches from the middle of the head to scalp sensitivity three years ago.  

The disorder also encouraged her to begin her hair range Ethnogenics and to form a partnership with Clicks.  

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The mother of three also shared some advice to women and men who are affected by alopecia:  

  • Mabalane encourages people to get help as soon as they notice the disorder.
  • To not wait for a consultation with a dermatologist as early detection and treatment may prevent hair loss.  
  • She also advises people to get products that support the regrowth process.  
  • Identify ‘your tribe’ – this can be an emotional journey. Find the people who offer the support, we can’t do it in secret.  
  • Be conscious of what you put your scalp and hair through. A lot of hair loss is self-inflicted.  
  • Despite what society has taught us to believe, we are not our hair, our hair is a part of us, but we are much more than that.