Beyonce has revealed that she struggled with psoriasis while growing up.
In a recent interview, the singer shared how her father helped her manage the autoimmune disease symptoms of thick, red, and often itchy patches across the skin surface.
She also revealed why she took the decision to chop off her long locks and opt for a pixie cut in 2013.
Beyonce On Her ‘Deeply Personal’ Hair Journey
In an interview with Essence, Beyonce opened up about her issues with psoriasis while reflecting on the “many beautiful memories” she had garnered on her “deeply personal” hair journey.
This was the first time she was discussing having the disease, underscoring the deeply personal nature of her experience.
“From spending my childhood in my mother’s salon to my father applying oil on my scalp to treat my psoriasis — these moments have been sacred to me,” Beyonce told the publication, adding that the salons and barbershops created a “sense of community” for the people she grew up with.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by the rapid buildup of skin cells that forms thick, red, and often itchy patches or scales on the skin’s surface. The exact cause remains uncertain, but it has been linked to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Beyonce Explained Her 2013 Decision To Sport A Pixie Cut
That was not the only bombshell Beyonce dropped in the interview. She also opened up about her shocking decision to sport a pixie cut in 2013, doing away with her signature long locks.
“I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off. I didn’t have a particular style in mind,” Beyonce said about the hairstyle change. “It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through.”
Beyonce went on to explain that she was trying to rebel against “being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be,” referencing how much of her “identity as a performer” had been “connected to flowing hair.”
She also mentioned that welcoming her first child, Blue Ivy Carter, 12, with her husband Jay-Z, influenced her decision.
The 32-time Grammy Award winner added, “I was a new mother, and something about the liberation of becoming a mother made me want to just shed all of that. It was a physical representation of me, shedding the expectations put upon me. I just wanted it off.”
Beyonce Gearing Up To Debut Her Line Of Hair Care Products
Beyoncé’s Essence interview ties in with the singer’s recent reveal on Instagram about launching her own hair care brand, Cécred.
She joins a league of celebrities who have ventured into similar brand ownership, such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Priyanka Chopra, La La Anthony, and Jennifer Aniston.
On how she came up with the name, Beyonce told fans that she used the end of her name as the beginning of the word sacred.
She added, per Page Six. “From my mother’s salon, daily rituals with my father, and years of experience in developing a hair care line, the journey has been just that: Cécred.”
News of the hair care brand was welcomed by BeyHivers, who promised to make purchases once the products hit the market on February 20. Purchases can be made from the brand’s website, Cecred.com.
The Music Icon Has A New Album On The Way
The singer also has a new album on the way. Though she has not officially titled the new album, many have referred to it as “Renaissance: Act II” because, in June 2022, the singer disclosed that her previous album “Renaissance” would be part of a three-act project.
“This three-act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic,” Beyonce wrote in a post on her website at the time.
She added, “Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving…. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”
Two songs, “Texas Hold’ Em” and “16 Carriages,” have already debuted from the album, with the full album slated for release on March 29, 2024.
Beyonce co-wrote “Texas Hold’ Em” with veteran R&B artist Raphael Saadiq, who also served as the song’s co-producer. Meanwhile, she collaborated with Robert Randolph on “16 Carriages.”