Each day I passed without hair, a little piece of my heart grew to love me more and more. - Jordan Ransom
TBM: Share with us your experience as a Baldie
JORDAN: I used to be really depressed in high school because of my poor self image. I was always concerned that I wasn’t pretty enough, wasn’t thin enough, etc. No matter what, I felt I was never good enough. One day I looked at myself in the mirror and realized I was sick of living by others people’s standard of beauty, living just to please others. I needed a BIG change, and I don’t know what possessed me to come to the conclusion that shaving my hair off was that change but I did it. Of course I was terrified going into school that day, and of course I saw all the sideways glances and heard all the whispers, but I slowly grew into loving myself. I realized that I was unhappy this whole time living just to please or impress other people. Each day I passed without hair, a little piece of my heart grew to love me more and more. Today I am a strong and confident woman. I love myself and I love the person I have grown to be, and although I am in the process of growing my hair out again, I know that my life-changing experience will always stay with me.
Hair Doesn't Define Me Because...
Everyone is strong and beautiful in their own way, but it’s not theirs physical appearance that makes them that way. What makes you YOU is who you are inside. No amount of hair or makeup or what type of clothes you wear will make an ugly personality beautiful.
TBM: What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't as confident as you with the bald look?
JORDAN: If you haven’t come to term with your baldness (willing or unwilling), that’s completely fine. Hats and wigs are all the rage, just give yourself time to grow into your confidence and don’t rush it, nobody will judge you if you aren’t ready yet. Plus, if it makes you feel any better, I learned that not as many people as I thought actually cared that I was bald!
My Bald Is...
My baldness is growth because it signifies a period in my life when I grew into the strong, amazing, beautiful woman I am today!
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!