Top 10 Things About Alopecia

The Bright Side of Being Bald!

Best things about being bald

If you’ve started losing your hair, you’re likely to have felt confusion, frustration, anger and fear. You’ve probably been ashamed and embarrassed. And you might think a post that talks about the advantages of alopecia is full of crap. And maybe it is!

But since baring my bald head, I’ve come to see alopecia in a different light. I’ve learned to talk about it openly, without wanting to cry. And I’ve learned to stop obsessing about it – like whether there’s more fuzz today than yesterday.

Because worrying about the condition and switching between a million hair care products isn’t going to help my stress levels!

But the most liberating moment in my alopecia was when I started seeing it as an adventure: which could teach me valuable lessons, introduce me to interesting people and open my mind to new experiences.

Believe it or not, there are some benefits to being bald. Many of them are ridiculous but hey, if it means you can see alopecia in a less scary way, I’ve done my job!

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Amazing Advantages of Alopecia

1. You save money on hairdressers

full bald lady alopecia

I’ve been to the salon a grand total of 3 times in the last 15 years. The less hair you have, the less hair care you’ll have to fund.

# of salon visits per year: 5
Cost per visit (at least): $50
Total saved over 15 years: $3,750

Nice one.

2. You can get ready faster

My husband Andy can’t complain about how long I take to get ready. When I wore a wig (that needed careful curling) it took me well over an hour.

Now, whether I’m baring the bald look or wrapping it up in a headscarf, it takes me 15 minutes. (Ish.)

3. Swimming hats fit easily

No more wrestling your ponytail into awkward lycra caps again! Oh, and if you’ve forgotten your hat at the swimming pool, you can always play the alopecia card and make the attendant feel uncomfortable. They’ll definitely let you in without one.

4. Hair-odynamics

Speaking of sport, alopecia comes in very handy when you need to move faster. Whether it’s swimming, running or cycling, having a hair-free head decreases wind resistance and gives you the edge you need. (With the added bonus of no helmet hair.) Maybe that’s why so many sports stars are alopecians!

5. It spreads charitable cheer

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Alopecia attracts a lot of laughter. Now, you could see that as a bad thing – but how about giving yourself a pat on the back for brightening someone’s day? Obviously, I don’t mean those horrible alopecists who are just being mean… but if you give a kid a laugh, well that’s just being nice.

6. No Bad Hair Days

Technically, you can’t have a good one, either. But I digress.

7. Facepaint gets more exciting

Alopecia makeup

A wider canvas brings wider opportunities. And, as a serious glitter/fancy dress practitioner, I salute anything that helps me mix up my style.

8. You’ll never get hair in your food

At least, not your own hair. Although you probably should keep an eye on your plate during the dormant and shedding phase. Embarrassing.

9. You’ll never get chewing gum in your hair

Hey, it’s happened to us all. (Right?!) Luckily, baldness and Bubbalicious don’t mix – so you won’t find yourself in any more sticky situations.

10. You can save on shampoo

washing hair

You can afford to get the right one for your hair, because you won’t need much of it. A pea-sized amount will do the trick, helping that bottle last longer. Yay!

That’s the silly stuff.

I did warn you that some were ridiculous! But seriously, having alopecia truly has made my life better. I’ve had some really random and memorable experiences because of it. I’ve been able to help people who are struggling with their own self-esteem issues, and to feel a lovely buzz of warmth in return.

And I’ve learned to not be so concerned with appearance – something that I feel is hugely important in today’s filter-framed world.

Instead, I appreciate what I have, instead of focusing on what I haven’t.

And when these advantages don’t bring a smile to my face, this thought does: I am so much more than just my hair. Hopefully, it’ll provide comfort for you, too.

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Lady Alopecia

Alopecian. Yoga Teacher. Copywriter. Here to share information, offer support and show people the adventures that can lie in hair loss. I’m proud to have alopecia and I want to help others embrace their baldness, too!

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2 responses

  1. Thank you for such a positive site!
    I noticed my bit of hair loss just over 3 months ago. Its worsened and now beginning to think about wigs ..
    Just read your february article on folexin and was wondering if you ever got round to trying it?

    1. Hi Katrina, thanks for your lovely feedback about the site! I’m really sorry to hear about your hair loss getting worse, too…it’s such a frustrating thing to witness, especially when we feel we’re powerless over it. Having lost pretty much all of mine (plus my eyebrow) post-partum, I totally understand how crappy it can feel! Although I’m not a fan of wigs as I found them quite uncomfortable, I must admit that I do wear my own headscarves quite a lot these days. Whatever works in the moment, right?!

      Unfortunately, I still haven’t tried Folexin as they don’t ship to Ireland, or Vietnam, which I found out when I went to buy it! But I’ll see if I can work out a way to collect it from Thailand or something as they ship there. Anyway, I keep hearing the best things from people who write in to me so I’m still happy to recommend it! Sorry I can’t give you a more personal testimonial just yet though…I will update the post when I get a chance! Thanks so much, Emma / Lady Alopecia x

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