Why are you BALD? "It's just hair," became the three words I hated to hear the most. For a girl her hair is her most prized possession. Or, at least it was mine. I loved going to the salon, getting my hair done, extensions, you name it, I've done it to my hair. Until, my hair dresser found a bald spot about the size of a dime on the back of my head. Three short weeks later that little bald spot had spread to the entire back of my head. My dermatologist diagnosed me with Alopecia Areata. My immune system was attacking my hair follicles causing my hair to fall out. I was devastated, not only was it taking my hair, but, i was losing my self confidence. I finally decided to take matters into my own hands, I was exhausted trying to cover a giant bald spot, and sad to watch my hair fall out so rapidly. I shaved my head. It's still a little shocking walking by a mirror and seeing my bald little reflection. Thanks to The Bald Movement, their gorgeous baldies, and inspiring stories, I have gained some confidence back. I know it will take time, but, after all, it is just hair, right? :)
When did you realize that Hair didn't determine your beauty?
I first realized that hair did not define one's beauty, when I decided to let my family and friends know that I shaved my head, by posting a picture on facebook and instagram. I found it awkward to talk about my hair in public, and working in retail in a small town, I just wanted to get it out there so I could avoid less confrontation, and "Sorry for your loss," jokes. (Haha) Little did I know I would get so much feedback. I received so many powerful and encouraging words from people I didnt even know. That left me feeling so wonderful, and more beautiful than ever. That's when I realized hair was just an accessory.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with themselves as you are?
Beauty comes from within. Probably the most overused phrase of all time, but, the most true. People remember you by your smile, the way you made them feel, your personality, your favorite songs, and the things you love. A good heart and a warm smile will get you farther in life than any of your best hair days.