Diva Hollands began ballet at the age of 3 years old. Hollands had to tie her hair back in tight buns, as is the standard in dance.
Over time, she began to notice that her hairline was slowly receding.
By her early teens, the hair loss was visible. Students would bully her relentlessly for years. Now, a mother of two, Hollands is sharing her story to warn other dancers and women about the dangers of tying your hair too tight.
Hollands doesn’t have alopecia, which causes pattern baldness. That’s why she believes the constricting hairstyles are the culprit.
She also wants to let other women who suffer from hair loss know that they are not alone, and that there is no shame in it.
After Hollands began to have children, her hair loss increased. It was then that she decided to take action to get her hair — and confidence — back.
Growing up in ballet, Diva Hollands often had to wear her hair in excruciatingly tight buns.
“I had my hair tied up really tight from when I was little and, looking back at pictures, you can see it started having an effect on my hairline. Over the course of so many years, it got worse,” Hollands said.
As her hairline began to recede, the bullying began to get worse.
“I was bullied for my hairline in primary school and into secondary school, but it got really serious when I was about 13. I was completely self-conscious about it and did everything I could to hide the area. It affected me a lot, especially as I was being picked on. I remember the exact words a boy at school said to me; he said I had a forehead the size of a football pitch. It then became such a big thing in my life.”
Hollands quit ballet at 18, but her hair did not grow back. When she met her soon-to-be husband, David, she refused to let him see her hair pulled back for months.
“When I met David I didn’t let him see me with my hair back for six months. I then explained it to him and he was really understanding. For me, it’s something that is very personal,” she said.
After having two children, the hair loss worsened. She knew she had to do something.
“After I had children, I experienced further hair loss. That’s when I decided to do something about it and get the procedure done.”
Hollands reached out to Dr. Edward Ball, who specializes in treating hair loss using a technique called Follicular Unite Transplantation. Hollands received donor hair from the back of the scalp.
The hair was then surgically transplanted onto Hollands hairline, where it will continue to grow as if it were her own.
“It’s quite uncommon for women to have the procedure, so I decided to seek out the best surgeon I could, which led me to Dr. Ball,” she said. “I wanted it fixed and fixed properly, so I did a lot of research before I booked my consultation. After meeting Dr. Ball, I knew it was the right thing to do. I was confident it was going to work and he could give me the results I wanted.”
Clearly the results are incredible. Hollands says her life is transformed because of it.
“It’s completely changed my life – dramatically. It’s had a huge impact. I couldn’t be happier with how it looks,” she said. “I really do think there’s a taboo when it comes to women’s hair loss. I was so embarrassed about it, and that’s why I’m sharing my story – there might be other women out there in the same situation. It can happen to anyone and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.”
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