Amy Marie Mahler - Repeat daily while looking in a mirror: "I am beautiful, just the way I am. I have a beautiful bald head.
Why are you Bald? This is as plain and simple as it really is. Here's my reason for going bald: I shaved my head for me. I was in Switzerland, 2010. I went to sleep on a Monday night thinking "What if I don't wake up tomorrow, or the next day? I will have never shaved my head." So I shaved my head the next day. And I've been shaving my head ever since.
When did you realize that Hair didn't determine your beauty? I have always been very self-confident and had high self-esteem. At a very young age, I wanted to donate my hair, for the first time, to an organization that would make wigs for kids who had the less-fortune of not being able to have their own hair. I went on to donate my hair 3 more times. I always knew my hair could grow back, no matter how short it was. I just wanted to make the other kids smile because they could finally have hair. And I knew it was important to them, but I wasn't really fazed with having to have long hair because I was a girl. My story about why I shaved my head is simple, and even I thought it would just be because I wanted to. But as the years have continued, I have realized JUST how important it is that I shave my head: to empower other women around me to BE WHO THEY REALLY are despite the societal standards placed on women (and men) about hair. I very rarely wear makeup -I honestly can't remember the last time I wore make up; I let my beautiful features speak for themselves and accentuate them with earrings and necklaces.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with themselves as you are? There is no right or wrong way to live your life or wear your hair. Be who you are. Dig deep within your soul and your being to really find your truth. Repeat daily while looking in a mirror: "I am beautiful, just the way I am. I have a beautiful bald head. I have beautiful eyes, I have a beautiful jaw line. I am a beautiful soul of this Earth." And remember, it's all in how you hold yourself. Own it; own your look.
And something that always helps me on days when I question my baldness was something my mother told me a few years ago: "I love the way you do what you want. Like shaving your head, you just don't care what others think." -Mom