Why are you BALD? After years of wearing weave because I felt I needed longer hair to be pretty, the damage has become irreversible and the hair thinning and hair loss from improper care, genetics, and a slew of other reasons led me to shave my hair off on July 8th 2014. I took the clippers and just went full scalp bald.
How has being BALD impacted your life? The fact that I didn't cry when I shaved it was a sign that I had grown from the younger days when my hair defined me and meant the world to me and my image. I still saw beauty, slightly, in myself. Enough to feel good about shaving it. I wore headwraps for the first week because I was began to feel ugly and thought people were staring me at the time. The day before I went out without a headwrap, I looked at pictures of beautiful women on line who were bald and from them and their sassy divaness I became motivated and felt pretty. I walked out the door, bald, and never looked back. Almost 2 months in and I feel great. The damage form the weave and hair pulling is very vivid to me but I am dealing with, finding faded hairstyles to rock while I wait to see if the damage really is permanent. All in All I feel great, beautiful, and a shower has never felt so amazing.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who may not be confident with their BALDhead? Be strong. It's ok to cry and feel unpretty, honestly because you are not UNPRETTY, you are beautiful but it may take a moment for you to look in the mirror and see that and it's okay when you do. I felt so ugly until the more I looked in that mirror and saw myself in my natural raw state, detached from what I thought made me beautiful; I felt prettier than I had ever felt and so will you. WE ARE NOT OUR HAIR. We are not defined by it. Your beauty lies within your heart, your soul -- your being a courageous and brave human is enough to make you beautiful. Do not be afraid to embrace who you are. We focus so much on trying to look perfect that we forget that perfection does not exist. Once we remove that stigma that beauty is created by the things we add to our appearances and focus on beauty being exactly what it is: Self-Love - we will never feel ugly again. Kudos on your journey