The reason behind going bald by choice…I had an emotional deep, struggling, tough and also depressive last year. I felt change from the inside and going bald was one way of showing myself from the outside, that there is change! Leaving old things behind. Defining myself new and creating a strong, authentic, unique identity.
One initial thought was, that I don’t always have to look pretty and now I’m surprised by the beauty and strength I discover and experience being a bald woman and the tons of compliments I get. I would have never imagined that! Probably because I didn’t do it to look good. I just did it for myself, my own reasons. Cause I felt like doing it, cause I wanted it and in the end, I regret more the things I didn’t do than the things I did! And shaving my head was one of the best decisions in my life so far.
I feel like I’m back in my own energy. The feeling you have as a kid. When you don’t care about the norm, or how someone else might want you to be and act. You are just you. 100%. But as we get older, most of us forget about that. We might try to be ‘perfect’ in society. But I rather be unique, interesting, different and true to myself. I gained back a lot of strength, self confidence, power, freedom, happiness, beauty!
And a beautiful thing is, that I don’t compare myself anymore to these other beautiful blond girls, that might have a ‘better’ body, or thicker hair or whatever. Because I don’t see no one else out there like me. Everyone is unique, just not so many people show it.
Embracing the bald!
Peace, Love and Happiness!
I have a slight confession to make, I'm not a 'Baldie' just yet but on April 12, 2014 I will be!
I'm very excited about making a 'change' and helping TeamAshlynn the most I can.
I am currently raising money to help support my friends daughter, Ashlynn, who was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia at only 3 years old. After seeing this page on Facebook I decided to keep an eye on it and follow it because there are tips and tricks as well as inspiration that I get from it each day. I know that by following this page I will be 150% ready to shave it all off on Ashlynn's 4th birthday. Not only do I plan on bringing a smile to her face and some monetary assistance to her parents during this time I HOPE to inspire others to make a change and be positive while doing it.
Hair doesn't make you beautiful, you are beautiful because it comes from within!
Hello my name is Alicia and Im 43 from Maryland, I was diagnosed with alopecia in 2003 and had just met the love of my life, and gradually I began to lose my hair, in 2006, I began to wear a tiny weeny afro, still wasn’t confident enough to shave my head, however in 2011 surrendered and I shaved my head and set myself free, my self confidence raised and so did my self esteem. I married that love of my life in 2012. Now I walk into board room meetings and every room I enter with my head held high! What you see is what you get and that is Natural Beauty!
I am 25 years old and I have Alopecia. I was diagnosed with my condition at the age of 14 and I lost all my hair within a year. Eventually afterwards I developed low self esteem, bullying, and on top of that I was already dealing with being adopted, abuse, and molestation. So I hid my Alopecia from the world and tried to fit in but it got to the point I was tired of hiding and built the courage to show the world that Alopecia is who I am and I am beautiful!! And since then i have been more confident with my self and have accepted my condition as a gift and I’m so happy!! What you are doing is so wonderful and I will be honored to work with you all if you allow me. Your movement has given a lot of women and people in general hope, confidence, and so much more and I thank God for you guys!!
I found your website at tumblr and I wanted to share my little story.
I'm 22-year old artist from Finland and I shaved my hair off just for fun! And I also wanted to brake the "rules". Here in Finland you don't see bald women everyday, actually I have never seen one. All my friends and family were against it, after all I was surprised how many people loved it and told me how brave I was.
People shouldn't take it so seriously, it's just hair, it grows back and if not, your still you and beautiful. I have never felt so much like myself after I shaved everything away, that was one of the greatest things I've done in my short life!
"Love The Skin You're In"
After being diagnosed with RA an autoimmune condition I begin to experience shedding & hair lost. Unfortunately most of my hair loss was do to medication, which was very important that I take to help with my condition having a chronic disease and losing your hair can be painful at times, but embracing yourself and knowing who you are can bring joy to you and others.
I AM NOT MY HAIR :-)
My hair took a hiatus in my time in fighting ovarian cancer. This was just something I knew would eventually return. But trying to except being bold do to medications to try and survive was a challenge. But as all changes large and all I learned to embrace it. Dance in time of despair. Pray in time of challenge. Praise in time of need.
Though this I know I am beautiful. I am still a woman. I am still a mother and a wife. I am me. No matter what the cancer takes from me it will never take my beauty.
Two months ago I received the shock of my life. A few months after my 29th birthday I was diagnosed with Stage IIIC Inflammatory Breast Cancer, which I was told was an aggressive form of the disease. This being said, there is absolutely no history of the disease in my family.
I began going to the doctor in early September when I scheduled an appointment with an OBGYN because I felt a small lump in my right breast. When I was sent down to radiology, I was told I had nothing worry about and it was likely just some fluid. Two weeks later when it was not any better, I returned, saw another OBGYN and was sent back down to radiology where they confirmed I still had a mass.
Fast forward I was then sent to a surgeon, where sadly I was misdiagnosed and tried three treatments of antibiotics to rid myself of the assumed "breast infection", as my ducts were inflammed with this type of cancer. A biopsy was even performed, but unfortunately only tested for bacteria...not cancer.
PERSISTANCE is what saved my life. I continued to go to the doctor. I was not getting better, and my small lump eventually turned into my entire breast being swollen and painful to the touch. At my 10th appointment in less than 3 months, the surgeon knew something was drastically wrong. In one day I had an MRI at 7am, a tissue biopsy at 1:00pm, and at 3:00 pm she delivered me the news that I had this form of cancer that needed immediate attention.
She gave me the option to think about what I wanted to do, or I could go into surgery in the next few hours to place my port catheter and stay overnight to receive chemo the next day. Needless to say, I stayed and started right away, as waiting would give this fast spreading cancer the opportunity to take over more areas of my body.
I've started a Facebook page called The Cancer Detour to spread awareness for women of all ages, as this disease DOES NOT discriminate for age. We need to be our own health advocates when we know something is wrong with our bodies.
Be happy and be well!
Hi my name is Hawa and to be honest I had no choice but to cut my hair. It's my 4th time and each time I embrace it a little more. This time around was the 1st time that I actually wore it out, with no wigs or hat. In 2011, I was going through a lot of personal issues that the stress took over my body. What's another bad thing was that I never really took care of my hair as I should, so that right there lead to my hair being weak, dry, brittle, thin, and most of all unhealthy. I've had relaxer (the devil, damaged the crown of my hair), braids, sew-in, quick weaves (destroyed my edges), glued in tracks, corn rolls, basically any and everything to get my hair to grow, but only to do the opposite of what I really wanted, damaging it. Though I have a low cut, I did find true beauty within me. I realize I didn't need all those things done to my hair to have that confidence within myself. Now I'm on a better path to get my hair back the way I would like for it to be...natural and healthy, doing a lot of research because I have really really dry texture hair.