I lost all of my hair at age 2 because of the autoimmune situation Alopecia. It was an emotional curler coaster from the start: the bullying, stares, destructive remarks, and remoted emotions. It took me 20 years to study to like, settle for, and embrace my bald head, however just lately I’ve seen a rise in well-known YouTubers pulling bald pranks on-line that appear to convey me again to sq. one.
Most of those movies contain somebody carrying a bald cap for a couple of minutes and taping individuals’s shocked or disgusted reactions for laughs. In each occasion, they get to take off the bald cap on the finish and go on unaffected by what it really means to be bald. For me, hair loss was by no means a alternative however reasonably one thing that occurred. One in all my greatest fears with my Alopecia was that somebody would not acknowledge me with out my wig — or worse, suppose I used to be ugly — so it’s a intestine punch to observe a video of a mom fainting when she sees her daughter pretending to be bald. It stirs up so many destructive feelings for me.
It hurts to see others’ reactions to a bald head when that is what I appear like each single day. I do not get to simply placed on and take off a bald cap. I needed to discover ways to take care of dropping my hair in an already magnificence targeted world, the place a bald head is not widespread, so what might seem to be a innocent prank impacts not simply me, however so many individuals within the hair loss neighborhood.
It takes an amazing quantity of braveness and power to rock a bald head, to have such a weak a part of you uncovered for the world to see. I’ve been instructed numerous instances “you appeared prettier whenever you wore a wig.” I get requested if I am a girl after I’m carrying exercise garments. It may be extraordinarily uncomfortable and it by no means will get simpler, however I’ve realized to adapt and discover the constructive of all of it.
That is why, when conditions like this come up, it’s robust to navigate. There are such a lot of inspiring, stunning individuals within the hair loss neighborhood who work so laborious to convey consciousness and normalize hair loss. Nevertheless, when one thing like these bald pranks movies come out, it seems like taking 10 steps backward.
As we speak I grateful for the chance to be a mentor within the Alopecia and hair loss neighborhood. It’s actually the best reward, to get to be that individual I wanted after I was youthful for another person. That’s the reason I’m standing up in opposition to these pranks as we speak. It’s by no means OK to bully or make enjoyable of another person for any purpose. For those who put your self in that individual’s footwear you would not discover it humorous, both. Alopecia has made me empathetic, sturdy, courageous, and proven me the true that means of magnificence, which has completely nothing to do with what’s in your head, however what’s in your coronary heart. Bald is the norm for some — and it is stunning.