Alessia Cara Opens Up About Her Struggle With Hair Loss That Inspired 'Scars to Your Beautiful'

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Alessia Cara in the video for "Scars To Your Beautiful."

In Alessia Cara's latest single "Scars to Your Beautiful," the 20-year-old singer and songwriter promotes a message of self-acceptance that challenges the beautify standards we see every day. Now, the budding Canadian pop star has opened up about her personal struggles that inspired the song. 

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Speaking with Lipstick.com, Cara described how she loved growing up the daughter of a hairdresser and experimenting with different styles but said she was self-conscious and always struggled with her do in one way or another. Eventually, she began straightening her hair, which -- she said -- possible caused her to begin losing her hair in elementary school and middle school. 

"I started losing my hair in chunks in the shower," she said. "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."

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Cara said she would try to hide her bald spots with different hair styles, unsure why she had to deal with this at such a young age. 

"I didn't want people to look at me, I didn't want people to get too close," she said. "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."

Alessia also spoke about her pledge to appear makeup-free for every performance of and interview about "Scars to Your Beautiful." 

"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?" she said. "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."