Covid 19 and Hair Loss: Everything You Didn’t and Should Know

"Let's go out, catch some Covid-19, and oh, lose some hair too," said no woman ever. But sadly, life doesn't need our permission to happen and sometimes it will hit us with the exact thing that scares us the most.  The truth is that Covid-19 is horrible enough on its own. I mean, merely testing … Continue reading Covid 19 and Hair Loss: Everything You Didn’t and Should Know

CHILDREN LIVING WITH ALOPECIA PART 2: THE EMOTIONAL ASPECT

“This is a really important ‘Red Table Talk’ on alopecia. Considering what I've been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories. I’m using this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition.” … Continue reading CHILDREN LIVING WITH ALOPECIA PART 2: THE EMOTIONAL ASPECT

Celebrities Living With Alopecia

We often see celebrities in such a perfect light that sometimes we forget they can deal with life-changing diseases just like we do. Alopecia is no different; it’s much more common than you’d think, and affects more celebrities than you’d realize (because as we all know, photoshop and hyper-realistic wigs allow the rich and famous … Continue reading Celebrities Living With Alopecia

Children Living With Alopecia

A diagnosis of childhood alopecia can truly shock parents. . Your first thought may be, “hair loss is for the elderly, not for my child!”  However,  alopecia in children  is a lot more common than you’d think. Alopecia areata affects millions of children of all ages; in fact, 1 out of every 1000 children worldwide … Continue reading Children Living With Alopecia

5 Vitamins Your Body Needs to Prevent Hair Damage

As women, our goal is beautiful, healthy hair. Damage can make styling a challenge and make us feel less than desirable. I mean, who wants thin, brittle hair?  Beauty supply shelves are full of products promising to help repair damaged hair. But here’s a big secret: sometimes the problem isn’t which moisturizer you’re using, but … Continue reading 5 Vitamins Your Body Needs to Prevent Hair Damage

The Natural Hair Journey

Nowadays it’s more acceptable to wear your hair in its natural state, but building up the self-confidence to do so can send you on a tough personal journey. Black hair isn’t just a look—it’s an investment and a grueling relationship that many African American Women choose to commit to. From expensive treatments, monthly trims, and hairstyles that take over 5 hours to complete, women of color suffer constant inconveniences just to get their hair under control.

Judged By Our Follicles

Being a multicultural woman with African American roots (pun definitely intended) I have felt this acutely. I have never been fully comfortable wearing my Au naturel curly locks to a job interview because I never wanted my interviewers to see me as "unprofessional" or "untamed.”  I would always straighten my hair or put it in a sleek ponytail because I felt that interviewers would then take me more seriously. 

The Hardest Parts: Life as a Woman With Female Alopecia

The hardest part of being a woman with alopecia is difficult to pinpoint. First of all, it absolutely decimates your self-confidence. Whether you typically wear your hair long or short, struggling to cover those maddening bald spots, where your tresses have fallen out in clumps, sabotages your self-esteem like the worst kind of schoolyard bully. 

Sister Solidarity

In the early stages of Alopecia, the balding quickly became worse. One afternoon, I was brushing my hair before washing it, and with each stroke, my hair slipped away from my head. I was brushing and brushing and brushing, and it was all falling on the bathroom floor.  I was devastated, lying on the floor crying while the shower was still running. My family was home, but no one fully knew the pain I was enduring at that moment. I eventually gathered myself together enough to wash what hair was left. Once finished, I began to add my leave-in conditioner and comb it through my hair, but my hair was completely falling out before my eyes. So much hair was dropping to the floor. I was just collecting handfuls of hair in my hands and putting it in the toilet.