Dad Shaves Head After Daughter With Alopecia Says She Doesn’t Love Herself Because She’s Bald

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Chelsea Sylvaria was telling her daughter, Riley, all of the people she loved. When Riley asked her mom if she loved herself, she replied “yes” and asked her daughter the same question.

The mom was taken aback when Riley said she didn’t love herself. “She uttered my worst fear… ‘I don’t love myself because I don’t have hair!'” Chelsea wrote on Facebook.

Riley has alopecia and is bald because of it. Chelsea’s husband, Dave, sat down with their daughter to talk about what she had said while Chelsea filmed their conversation. He asked his daughter if she really felt that way — or had just said it.

While she told him she “just said it,” her dad could tell that wasn’t the case.

“You’re the most special girl in the whole world,” he told her. “Hair doesn’t matter, OK? I know you would like to have hair… I love you the same no matter what.”

After his pep talk, Riley’s dad asked her if she wanted him to shave his head. She immediately smiled, and the two of them headed straight for the bathroom.

Halfway through shaving his head, Dave let his daughter have a go at it, and the two of them shaved his head together. As you’ll see in the footage below, Riley’s frown is no longer present — she has a huge smile on her face!

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Footage provided by the Sylvaria family

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