Our society needs to be educated on Alopecia, and accept the female baldness and see the true beauty and strength that we all have. - LindsAy Walter
TBM: Share with us your experience as a Baldie.
Lindsay: I lost all of my hair at age 2. It was really tough hiding behind wigs, never feeling comfortable and always being told 'girls were pretty with hair'. I truly believed that. I was bullied and teased all of the time, kids were so mean to me but I never had the confidence or support to stand up to them. I was fortunate enough to have sports to turn to for an outlet. I would spend hours in my driveway shooting hoops pretending to escape this world where I was an outcast in. The more I stood out in the athletic world the easier my Alopecia became to deal with. I had big dreams and started to grow self confidence more. I went on to play college basketball and have a great career. Shortly after that I took up running and my whole world began to change. I wanted to run a marathon to check it off my bucket list being the competitive person I am. After I crossed that finish line all I could think was I can do better. I started to run marathons all over the country (29 total so far) the more I ran the stronger, more empowered and beautiful I felt. I would still always run with my wig on until one day on a hot 20 mile training run. Suddenly something came over me and I ripped my wig off mid run, held it in my hand with tears running down my face as I ran home, hung it up and never looked back since. I had gotten to the point I had always wanted to, because of the empowerment and strength I found within myself through running. My first 'bald' race I had my best time and qualified for the Boston Marathon! I now run and live my life fully wig free and love everything about it! It's made me a better, stronger person and athlete. I love educating others on Alopecia and showing what true beauty really is.
TBM: What is your Baldie Care Regimine?
Lindsay: I am outside all of the time running and playing golf so I make sure to always wear a hat to keep the sun off, and use a ton of sunscreen. I moisturize my head every night and get
a head massage, it's so relaxing!
TBM: What makes your feel beautiful?
Lindsay: I feel the most beautiful when I'm in race clothes with my race bib on as I'm running down the round. I feel so strong, and love the feeling of my bald head shining with the sun gleaming out it. I feel like I am the most me when I'm racing.
TBM: What is your most memorable moment as a bald women?
Lindsay: Crossing the finish line of my first 'bald' marathon, #25 total. I had my best time and qualified for the Boston Marathon. I will never forget the feeling of putting my arms up as I crossed the finish line, tears welled up in my eyes. I had finally gotten to the point of truly loving, accepting and embracing my Alopecia and bald head. It was the most incredible feeling, all of the people coming up to hug and congratulate me. It was so exciting!
TBM: What are words that best describe your baldness?
Lindsay: Strength, determined, fierce and hard work.
TBM: Do you believe society puts a negative image as it pertains to baldness?
Lindsay: Yes, I have a lot of people look at me like I'm sick or even make rude comments about my bald head and how it makes me look like a boy and that I should wear a wig and cover it up. Our society needs to be educated on Alopecia, and accept the female baldness and see the true beauty and strength that we all have.
TBM: What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't as confident with exposing their baldness to the world?
Lindsay: Alopecia and hair loss is a journey. There will be hard times (I know I've had my fair share) but it makes you a stronger, empathetic and better person. Surround yourself with positive people, believe in yourself and never let anyone make you feel like you aren't beautiful or perfectly made, because you are strong, fierce and more inspiring than you'll ever know!
We found this wonderful Baldie on IG just living it up and being the most beautiful version of herself that we had to reach out and ask for her to share her story with us and here it is. Thank you Dana for allowing us to use your story to Inspire thousands.
Share with us your experience as a Baldie.
It has been a journey. I NEVER would have thought that this is the "look" that would feel so ME. I am a baldie by choice, but there are many men and women that have asked me "did you do this on purpose or are you sick?" I am offended by the question because it seems to be more about them and their comfort level. For instance, if I were in treatment or experiencing Alopecia, that makes it easier for YOU to understand but completely neglects my feelings and experience. Does that make sense? I also find that strangers without permission often reach out to touch my head. Many also ask to touch my head and look shocked when I tell them NO. ( I mean.....I am not a puppy nor would you ask a woman with ample hair to pet her....) My experience has indeed been interesting. However the journey and level of self awareness that it has brought me is not one I would trade for anything in the world.
Why hair doesn't define me.
Hair does not define me the same way I do not want any superficial, temporary characteristic to define me. If, God forbid, I am in an accident tomorrow that causes a severe burn or loss of a limb, does that change Dana's character, intellect or accomplishments? NO! NO ONE EVER USES A MAN'S HAIR LINE TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT HE IS SUCCESSFUL, DATABLE, KIND, ATTRACTIVE, ETC.....
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't as confident with their baldness as you are?
Find and DEFINE your own standard of "beauty". Love YOU. The world is going to try and point out your "flaws" no matter how "perfect" your skin, career, family, relationship or HAIR may be.
What one word best describes your baldness and why?
I know it took a lot to get to a certain level of security within myself and with my body and appearance. I am not sure how long it would have taken me to get here if I had the comfort of my hair. (which was always plentiful). I also rub my head at night when I have trouble sleeping. Works like a charm!
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It is okay to feel uncertain at first. I wore a wig for a year before I built the courage to finally stop hiding who I was so that other people wouldn't feel uncomfortable.
Your true beauty lies in your confidence. Your hair should never define you because it is merely a mask that hides who you are. I never truly knew who i was until I lost my hair. Being bald has helped me become so much stronger and has helped me in my personal growth more than i could imagined.
If you ask 28 year old me if i thought i would be where I am today i would have cried uncontrollably and told you no. But sitting here almost 4 years later i can tell you making that decision to let go of what little hair i had left was the most freeing an empower decision I ever made in my life. I feel more beautiful now then i ever did before.
Always remember you are beautiful, you are strong confident and you are never alone. Hold your head up high and know you have a strong network of people who are here to lift you up because we have been there and we understand.
You are now part of a movement that is here to show society that the true beauty of a person lies within their being, heart and soul. Most importantly you rock that bald head with confidence and pride.I'm a firm believer that God would never give me something he didn't think i could handle. Society can go and kick rocks because YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, STRONG,PHENOMENAL AND LOVED!!! Welcome to the family my fellow baldie!!!
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