Bay Area Bald Girls say, "It's only hair" | KQED News

"For most women, losing their hair is terrifying. It challenges their very sense of what it is to be a woman."

"Lisa Lefkowitz needed a group of women who understood what it was like to live bald. So, with the support of her hairdresser and friend, Emily Howard, who also lives openly bald, she founded the group SF Bay Area Bald Girls."

You can read more about her story here:
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/10/19/bay-area-bald-girls-say-its-only-hair/

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Comment by Kat on October 25, 2016 at 1:05pm
Thank you what an inspiring story. It's been 3 years since I lost all of my hair I HATE wearing wigs but I feel so ugly & not feminine AT all.
Comment by Maggiemay on October 25, 2016 at 1:09pm
I think this is brilliant. However these women are relatively young and attractive and have nice-shaped heads, firm jaws and few wrinkles! I choose to wear a wig because I am older, have jowls and a double chin, wrinkles, etc. Personally, I really need the wig to help distract attention from these unattractive signs of ageing for myself as much as other people, but all power to anyone who feels comfortable going bald!
Comment by GardenJess on October 25, 2016 at 1:28pm

I really enjoyed watching the video, but it left me with two questions. How can anyone be bald and not be cold for much of the year (especially in the Bay Area)? Between trying to stay warm and trying to not get sunburned, even if I shaved my head, I would cover it most of the time. My second question is where does insufficient hair fit into this? I mean, I could shave my head and be bald (I tried it for a while), but what I really want is to be OK in the world with the hair I have. I don't want it to be a choice between wearing a wig or shaving my head. My wispy, white hair is my hairstyle, but I've never had the courage to wear it uncovered in public (though I don't hide and just held my head high when the mail delivery woman came with a package the other day when I was out in the garden bare-headed). Still it really resonates to just want to be as I am and be comfortable in my own skin.

Comment by JoelleGodislove on October 25, 2016 at 1:40pm
They are so beautiful.
Comment by Mark S. Hansen on October 25, 2016 at 1:43pm

So, its only hair is it? I would like to find a woman for once in my while life, in person, who is available, that thinks that way or, who I will actually hear say that to me. One problem with me is that I hid under a wig for 35 years until I finally took it off 10 years ago. It did not give me the courage to ask out enough women because I figured that if I asked someone out and then I have had to tell them I wear a wig and have no hair at all on my body, they will/would have been, turned off. So I have not taken enough chances. But when I have, every woman that has turned me down for a date, has said that I am a great guy to know, but that they don't consider me attractive enough or that they are not attracted to me. And, I did not have the time or place where I could say, well, one reason you may not be, is that my face also lacks eye brows and eye lashes, which one cannot hide. I guess I'll never know what some of the responses would have been. However, there have been plenty of people I have known for years, who, when I asked them, "didn't you notice I have no facial hair eye brows or eye lashes? They were amazed that they did not notice these things missing from my face. And some other people I have told said they noticed right away. In any case I hate to admit it but I will turn 61 on Feb 18th and I had a girl friend or relationship in my whole life. I lost my virginity to a woman I met from a dating site on the internet back in 2004 when I was about 48. And that was it.  So, even though part of my aloneness is due to  my lack of taking chances, I still maintain that it is my baldness & facial hairlessness that has left me in this position. And when people tell me that, it's what's inside that counts. it makes me cringe, because I have never ever been able to acquire a relationship or even a date, just because I am a great guy. What's inside is vital of course, such as chemistry, compatability, mutual interests, values, personality, intelligence, etc. But if someone is not attracted to your outside, then your inside alone is pretty much useless. No one knows this better than me. And I resent it. Mark Hansen     

Comment by SabineTawni on October 25, 2016 at 2:08pm

Mark, I also resent having to listen to a load of empty cliches and trivial twaddle!  Most of the people who say that it is only hair, have a full head of it!  However, it has been my experience that at age 61, an unattached male is usually considered a hot commodity (hair or no hair).  Unfortunately, females my age (68) are often considered excess baggage even with a full head of hair (LOL!).  So maybe it is time to take a few more chances, but only if YOU decide to do that.  Best of luck.

Comment by Kristal on October 25, 2016 at 3:17pm
This is amazing!!! My daughter was diagnosed when she was 2 and now almost 6 in couple of weeks we deal with this all the time. But from the very beginning we have made it a point to make her feel beautiful as any other young lady around her and she's very comfortable with her bald head everyday. We couldn't have done it though without these little on line groups giving us courage, so thank you all!! You all are beautiful!! God bless you all!!
Comment by Grandmajoy on October 25, 2016 at 4:28pm

I will be 74 next month.  After I lost all my hair in the spring of 2015, I was in shock.  After the shock wore off (about 6 weeks) I was able to embrace being bald.  Bald is beautiful! I do not like wearing wigs so I just go with the natural look. If people stare it must be because I am so beautiful hehe. I wear hats to both protect my head from the sun and to keep it warm in Air Conditioned rooms and during the colder months.  It is so easy to cool down in the aerobics class all I do is sprinkle my head with water.  I tell the ladies in the class they should try going bald, its a lot easier to stay cool.   

Comment by RICHARD on October 25, 2016 at 7:47pm

This is cool ROCK it any way YOU CAN!----- Amin Monterey CA and love this area!

Comment by Donna on October 26, 2016 at 5:58pm

Thanks for making this post.  I was not aware of this Bay Area group.   I will look up these Beauties!!  I see very few  in my community who walk around looking like me.  Although I do have an awesome funky hat collection-they are only for the cold mornings and night air.  I lost my hair 9 yrs ago.  I found this site last year and it  has been a great support to me.  I would love to meet with others!!  Thanks again. 

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