It's up to you to choose whether or not to cover up. If you don't want to or you're considering ditching your wig or hair piece, this page is for you.
Deciding not to cover up is a
really positive choice for some people. Just think of Matt Lucas, then try to imagine
him with hair! It's amazing how easily we get used to other people's bare headz.
might be a bit scary the first time, the good side is that taking the plunge may actually give your confidence a real boost. Some people say they feel
proud, brave, liberated, beautiful, unique!
However, going bare is not right for everyone with alopecia and HeadzUp is not recommending it as the
. The most important thing is that
you make your choice
and you're happy with that.
The first time
The first time you go out with a bare head, give yourself a treat of some kind afterwards. The first time, might be easy! But it might be the most difficult. Having some kind of treat to look forward to is always a good way to get through any thing you feel a bit nervous about.
Dealing with other people's reaction
Some people might not know that you have alopecia and
might not know how to react. It helps to have an answer ready for any
questions, you could try "I have alopecia, a condition that causes my
hair to fall out".
Use whatever you feel comfortable with and that
fits the situation. Be yourself, and be proud of who you are.
The advantages of bare headz
Swimming - you'll be the most aerodynamic person in the pool
Feeling the wind on your head
Running - you'll cool down much quicker than your friends
No need to worry about your wig falling off and being found out
No need to boil under a weave!
As a wise person once said, "Only a few heads are perfect, the rest are covered with hair to stop people noticing!"
Watch out for sun burn!
If it's sunny remember to use lots of high factor sun cream where you used to have hair. It won't be used to getting sunshine and will burn easily.
Date: 21 June 2007