How did I become a BALDIE?
About 2 years ago, my hair began to fall out in small patches, with the loss becoming rapid within the last 6 months. I was diagnosed with alopecia areata, which left me frustrated, angry and depressed after many failed treatments and no answers as to why this was happening to me. I knew where things were headed, so I decided to shave my head a few months ago. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What makes you feel beautiful?
My personal growth, which is constantly evolving makes me feel beautiful. My bravery, self-acceptance, resilience and ability to share my baldness with no shame makes me feel beautiful. I have come a long way in a short amount of time, and for that I am proud. I have a newfound passion for shattering the stigma associated with hair loss, and I hope that I can somehow make a difference.
My most memorable moment as a BALDIE?
I’m such a fresh new baldie, but my most memorable moment was being shocked at how much support I was shown when I came out about my story and revealed my bald head. Family, friends, and strangers offered words of encouragement and compliments that I didn’t expect.
What one word describes your baldness and why?
One phrase: “unexpected blessing”. I am forever grateful that alopecia has offered me a new and rewarding perspective on life, beauty and confidence.
Words of encouragement to share with someone who’s trying to find courage to embrace their baldness publicly?
People are going to stare. They will look at you. But most likely, they are admiring your bravery and your ability to confidently rock a bald head. We are conditioned as a society to expect people to have a head of gorgeous hair. But beauty is a diverse ideology. Hair is fun, but it is not necessary. Be confident, be edgy, be you, and learn to love yourself unconditionally along to way.