Wendy shares advice for other women suffering from alopecia.
If I had any advice to give another woman that suffers from alopecia, any kind of alopecia, the three different kinds, areata, totalis or universalis, I would tell them to not isolate themselves.
Don’t let your lack of hair define you. Don’t stop living. Don’t lose your confidence in who you are as a human being and a woman and that you are still very powerful.
Hair doesn’t define us. You know the old saying, your hair is your crowning glory, is so overrated.
I have been a hairdresser. I became a hair dresser and I knew that I wanted to be hairdresser as early as 6 years old and the irony of that is, oh my goodness, why would I want to become a hairdresser?
And to me it was wow, the ultimate psychological challenge. If I can’t play with my own hair, by George, I am going to empower and make other women, other people look beautiful.
And it fulfilled that physical side of not having my own hair, I was able to play with other people’s hair.
There’s many, many support groups online and places where you can meet because by talking to other people that have the same thing whether it’s the…whichever stage of alopecia you are in you can really help someone else and help them to realize that you can live your life with alopecia.
And I think another thing that I would make sure that I informed people, because alopecia can strike at any age, at any stage in your life, nobody really knows the reason.
Hormones are huge part of it, I believe. Stress is a huge part. Your immune system, definitely, and I want to help people understand that your immune system is a big part of this condition and that you have to look after yourself a little bit more than the average person.