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!