After years of trying to be other people, constantly feeling uncomfortable in my skin, and generally disliking myself, I decided to set out and do something I never knew I would have the balls to do. Shave off all my hair. While it started out as me trying to shed my reliance on physical appearance and focusing on finding myself as a person it has evolved into more than I ever imagined. This summer will be my two year anniversary of being bald and I can say it has changed my life. I am completely different person. I have learned so much and love challenging the norm of what society sees as beautiful. I love the questions I get, the weird looks, the positive looks, I love every aspect of it. It allowed me to focus on fitness and get in the best physical shape of my life along with mental.
I just recently cut off my long locs that I've been growing for the past 7 years. The weight of the locs left my hair very thin and I lost quite a few locs in the crown of my head that limited me in the styles I would do. One day I saw the singer Avery Sunshine and I fell in love with her bald head. I went to the barber shop and had them chop off all my hair!!! Everyone there was in disbelief that I cut off all my hair. It was the best decision I've ever made and I haven't looked back. I feel pretty and regal and I don't think I ever want a head full of hair ever again! Bald girls rock!!!
In July of 2010, right before I started 8th grade we found a large lump on my neck. After a year of testing and a risky biopsy on a later determined inoperable tumor I was diagnosed with angiofollicular lymphatic hyperplasia. Cancer. After my surgery at the end of 8th grade I went on to endure 11 rounds of steroids. Then in my freshman year of high school, April-June of 2012, I did radiation therapy to my neck and head 5 days a week for 6 weeks and lost a good portion of my hair. I don't have pictures because I was so ashamed. I was bullied so terribly over my hair and burn marks.
But looking back I regret not having more pictures. I regret not showing it off. I let people's cruelty overcome me and turn a time of character building into an even worse experience.
Though I still have cancer now I have hair. It is very short and I wear extensions.
The world has painted this stereotype woman that any 17 year old would want to be, but the truth is that beauty is a persons heart not their appearance.
I have been wearing my hair in all it's short glory more often lately and looking for what few pictures I do have left.
Bald Is Beautiful!
Im so happy to be bald even though my hair keeps growing back I keep shaving it off all for my daughter Khloé. My daughter was Diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Khloé had a full set of beautiful curly hair. But once the chemo started it started falling off. Seeing my daughter sad do to loosing her hair broke my heart. Khloé is such a girly girl she would always have a ponytail, pig tails, a hair piece etc. So to make her feel better I shaved my hair. BEST FEELING EVER! She thought she was ugly but once I shaved it iff her whole mood changed. She calls her self beautiful all the time now. You dont need hair to be beautiful. Hair does not define you. #teamkhloé
I am a 3 time cancer survivor - been through chemo and radiation more times than I can count. Lost my hair 3 years ago and it has given me the strength and confidence that having all that hair never did. I know I was meant to be bald all my life, it makes me who I am! After being in remission, I was diagnosed with alopecia - but it still didn't get me down! I owned my look! It takes a very strong and confident woman to pull this off. I embrace it! Sure people still have opinions about me being a woman with no hair but I'm like it's 2014! Get with it or get lost!
BALDIES ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!
The daughter of a family we are close to from my church is battling leukemia. Before she lost all of her hair she decided to shave it and donate it. My mom and I decided to shave our heads in solidarity. I've honestly never been confident in my life than I am right now. Being bald is liberating!!!! No one needs hair to be beautiful.
I'm a 25 year old mother to two daughters. Ages 5 and 7. My oldest which is Promiss was diagnosed with alopecia areata over a year ago. she is school age, actually she is in the 2nd grade. Over the holiday/Christmas break she lost more hair. her feelings were hurt once again Knowing that she have to wear headbands going back to school. I explained to her hair didn't make her beautiful it was what is on the inside. I told her she was beautiful regardless. I had a thing for wearing long weaves. I loved my natural hair, but I loved having hair fall down my back. So one afternoon while my daughters were taking a nap I decided to chop all my hair off. When my princess Promiss woke up she said mom what did u do. I told her I cut my hair for her and I still felt beautiful. Til this day it is in shock and I love my new cut. I want my daughter to know beauty is from the inside out, I'd u feel beautiful u will be beautiful..
I was inspired by your website and your stories. Bald is beautiful. Eyes are the windows to our souls, and our eyes will suffice.
I never wanted to share my story because after reading all of the stories of women losing their hair to disease, I felt awful for choosing to be bald when these brave women didn’t have a choice at all. But to be honest, I chose to shave my head because I never in my life felt pretty. And I still don’t. I was always made fun of because of my hair; it was never long like the other little girls around me. As I got older, my hair started thinning really badly and my scalp would show a little. I though maybe I had a medical issue but after going to a few dermatologists, I found out that it was simply unlucky genes. So I accepted that my hair was never going to be pretty, and for this reason, I was never going to be pretty. I toyed with a few short cuts for years, but I still hated the way I looked. When I decided to shave my head, I will admit that I did it because I felt I had nothing to lose because I was already ugly. In the event my cut turned out ugly, I at least could save money by not going to the salon anymore. So I did it. And I felt better about myself for about a month. Then I went back to feeling how I felt before - inadequate. I noticed other bald women around me had really strong faces that could carry such a hair style. They had great eye lashes (real or fake), great makeup, long necks, ect. They were beautiful. And then there was me. I still felt like I didn’t have a home. So, today, I am still caught in my struggle of low self esteem but I am really trying to get to a better place. I just wanted to say “Thanks” for sharing your reason for being bald so openly. I have never had the courage to tell anyone my reason for being bald because I am afraid of the negative attention. But being able to tell someone, even if they are a stranger, lifts a great weight off of my shoulders.