Alessia Cara Opens Up About Her Struggle with Hair Loss

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Alessia Cara recently released the beautiful single “Scars to Your Beautiful,” about loving yourself just the way you are, but it turns out there’s a much deeper meaning to the song.

In a heartfelt essay that the 20-year-old singer penned for Glamour, she reveals the real-life inspiration for the song: her struggle with hair loss. Cara, who grew up with a hairdresser for a mother, always loved experimenting with her look, but that all changed when her hair started falling out in chunks after she began using flat irons.

“In late elementary school, early high school, I started losing my hair in chunks in the shower. It was one of the scariest things. It got to the point where it was visibly gone,” she confessed. “I struggled with that a lot, especially going into high school. You have so many pressures—what people are going to think of you—and I was going into it losing all my hair. I had, like, nothing left. It was patches of missing hair that people would point out, because people are mean in high school.”

For a long time Cara struggled to find ways to cover the bald spots she believed made her less beautiful, but as time wore on she learned to accept herself, flaws and all. “I don’t really care anymore. I just let my hair dry naturally; I don’t hide it,” she said.

Now, Cara is using her music to spread the lessons it took her so many years to learn. “I want ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ to reach different types of women. The girl I am talking about, it’s me, it’s you—it’s every girl who has struggled with feeling not good enough,” she explained. “I want to talk about all the different extremes that girls go through to feel beautiful.”

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