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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