Jessica is a freelance writer for LittleThings. She’s a proud Pittsburgher that loves to drink tea and adopt cats in her spare time. When she's not hanging out with her kitties, Kiwi and Galdalf, she's most likely in a bridesmaid dress attending another wedding. She is a self-proclaimed Slytherin and would like to visit Harry Potter World as soon as possible!
It may sound a little frivolous to some, but there are many women and men out there that believe their hair is a solid part of their identity.
Plenty of people, including myself, can remember their worst haircuts and even their best hair days. I’ll never forget the one hot summer before eighth grade that I decided to chop off my long blonde hair — it was down to my waist!
I requested a nice cut to my shoulders, but, to my horror, the inexperienced stylist turned my once flowing locks into a boyish bob right before my eyes. My mom and dad comforted me as I sobbed. They told me it’s just hair; it will grow back!
Of course, it did grow back, and I haven’t cut my hair past my shoulders since that experience. For a short time, I felt like I’d lost a part of myself because I looked so different.
My short-lived experience is a lifelong reality for those diagnosed with alopecia. The condition causes hair loss all over the body. The condition can leave those it affects with a lack of self-confidence and feeling like a piece of their identity is missing.
One mom of four decided she wasn’t going to let her diagnosis bring her down. Scroll down to find out how she gained her confidence back, and let us know what you think of her inspiring story in the comments!