Warren Masemola on hair loss and THAT slap

Multi award-winning South African actor Warren Masemola recently opened up about his personal battle with alopecia on Downtime with Somizi a month after the actor Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, opened up about her struggle with the disease that causes hair loss on her Red Table Talk show.

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The River actor Warren Masemola — who currently plays a gay character, Thokozani “Thoko” Chanel on SABC1’s comedy series Ses’ TopLa — recently shared his views on his struggle with alopecia on Downtime with Somizi.

The father of one also discussed the “The Chris Rock and Will Smith slap” at the Oscars 2022 awards ceremony on 28 March and Jada’s struggle with the medical condition.

Masemola opened up about living with the disease and his struggles on Friday’s episode of Downtime with Somizi along with The Queen actor Vuyo Ngcukana.

The popular actor who’s been in the entertainment industry for more than a decade, has always been open about the disease and why he’s always been bald.

Somizi discussed the disease as a result of Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock for making jokes about his wife – Jada Smith’s alopecia.

“I really wish Will could have sat it out. If he really felt like smacking Chris was the best thing to do… maybe he could have sparred it for the afterparty. but if he was going to get the opportunity to be on stage and talk to the cameras maybe then that’s where he could have voiced it out.”

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The Pretoria-born actor added: “Not everyone knows that Jada Smith is going through the experience of having alopecia.”

“It was the perfect platform I believe for Will to say something and for people to realise that this thing [alopecia] is not funny.”

Masemola also stated it’s really difficult growing up with alopecia.

“It is not nice. I go skinny deep in the pool at natural mountains with friends and not everybody understands what alopecia is.”

What is alopecia?

Alopecia is a condition where you lose all or some hair on your body according to Mayoclinic. Hair loss (alopecia) can affect just your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary or permanent.

The website adds that it can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or a normal part of aging.

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