She used to wear extensions on Modern Family to hide it.

By Faith Brar
May 03, 2019
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Sarah Hyland has long been open and honest about her health struggles. The Modern Family actress has undergone 16 surgeries related to her kidney dysplasia, including two transplants, and she's been diagnosed with endometriosis. Hyland's chronic health conditions have resulted in a number of unexpected complications, one of which is hair loss.

ICYDK, Hyland's signature look as Haley Dunphy in Modern Family involved long, pin-straight locks, but in an interview with Refinery29, she shared that she was actually wearing extensions while filming to hide her hair loss. (Related: Modern Family's Sarah Hyland Talks Body Confidence and the Meaning Behind Her Tattoo)

"With medications and stuff, it can make your hair fall out," she explained. It's true: Research shows kidney disease has been linked to hair loss (as well as other dermatological symptoms), and certain endometriosis medications can cause someone's hair to fall out, too, according to the Endometriosis Foundation of America. (Here's everything you need to know about hair loss.)

If you've looked at Hyland's Instagram recently, you've probably noticed the photos of her new, super curly lob. She explained that as her hair has started to grow back, she's noticed it's a slightly different texture than before. "My hair that's growing back now is much curlier than what it used to be," she said. (Related: Sarah Hyland Reveals Her Self-Care Strategy Amid Her Health Struggles)

Hyland is embracing her new look, though she admitted she's still figuring out how to style her curls. "I wear it curly because I don't know how to do my hair," she said. "I try to blow it out, and it's just a frizzy mess. It looks like an avant-garde runway look."

While adjusting to her new 'do, Hyland has discovered some useful, curl-friendly products, including Unite Curl Creme (Buy It, $28). Her go-to product, though, is the InCommon Magic Myst (Buy It, $40). "It's like a leave-in conditioner," she told Refinery29. "It protects your hair from heat, and it helps with humidity. It's this all-encompassing magic mist that helps define your curls and get rid of the frizz."

Hair loss can take a huge toll on your self-confidence and body image, especially when you're as young as Hyland. Major kudos to the actress for celebrating her new curls.


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