Alessia Cara Has Been Losing Her Hair Since Elementary School But Make...

Alessia Cara Has Been Losing Her Hair Since Elementary School But Make Much Impact On The Music Scene

Alessia Cara has made a huge impact on the music scene

Alessia Cara has made a huge impact on the music scene over the past year and now the singer is opening up about overcoming her biggest insecurity: her hair loss.

The 20-year-old “Here” singer opened up about how she starting losing her hair at a young age in an essay she wrote for Glamour. Here is what she had to share:

On losing her hair: “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. 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.”

On learning to accept her hair: “I was constantly looking for hairstyles to hide the bald spots. And I didn’t know why it was happening. I just kept thinking, ‘Why am I so young and having to deal with this?’ I didn’t want people to look at me, I didn’t want people to get too close. Even now, I struggle with it; sometimes, you can see that my hair is missing in some spots. I have just learned how to accept it. Being in the public eye, you’re always worried about what angle people are going to take pictures of you at. I don’t really care anymore. I just let my hair dry naturally; I don’t hide it.”

On the inspiration behind “Scars to Your Beautiful”: “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. I want to talk about all the different extremes that girls go through to feel beautiful.”

On going makeup-free for every performance of the track: “We decided that every performance I do of ‘Scars,’ every interview I do about it, I am not going to be wearing any makeup, because how could I be preaching a song about being yourself and being beautiful and perfect the way you are—and have a full face of makeup? I want to show people that I am comfortable enough to go on national television and just be myself. It would only feel right if I am 100 percent me.”