Ashley Tisdale appeared in more than 100 commercials and played supporting roles in both theatre and television during her childhood. However, Ashley has recently opened up regarding her struggles to cope with alopecia, which began when she was in her early 20s.

The “High School Musical” actress took to her Instagram on Wednesday to explain how difficult it is to deal with alopecia, an autoimmune condition that results in hair loss. She continued that while the condition can be associated with hormones or heredity, hers is “connected to stress overload.”

Tisdale went into more detail about her journey with alopecia and how she handles the condition in a story that was posted on her lifestyle website Frenshe.

Ashley wrote in the caption,

“Alopecia and hair loss are fairly common, but a lot of people feel embarrassed to talk about these issues. Any type of hair loss can affect your self-esteem, especially if you feel like you’re the only one going through it. That’s why I want to talk about it openly—because it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Sometimes it’s connected to hormones, other times to heredity, and for me, it’s connected to stress overload. Today on @frenshe I’m sharing what I’ve learned about my alopecia and how I help manage it.”

The former Disney Channel star discussed platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy as being especially beneficial. “It’s expensive and it is certainly not the most pleasant experience — it involves microneedling the scalp, after all — but it made my hair grow back amazingly fast, and research shows that it works,” she wrote.

In addition, she uses the Hairmax Laserband on a regular basis to “stimulate [her] hair follicles,” as advised by her hairstylist. She also regularly does yoga, and meditation, and has a careful diet to lower her stress levels.

“Eating with a focus on gut health also helps me thrive,” Tisdale wrote, adding that strictly adhere to the autoimmune paleo diet, which is “full of vegetables, fruit, fermented foods, seafood, poultry, and herbs,” for 30 days at a time, has been helpful. Stay tuned to Thirsty to get the latest updates regarding the actress.

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