July 2011 Blog Posts (96)

Soap Actress Amy Gibson On Supermarket Tabloid Cover - Bald!

The tabloid in question is U.S. publication "Globe".

Noticed it at the grocery store today. It is a small picture but since bald women are not generally on the cover of magazines it kind of popped out at me.

There is a blurb inside about her wig business on a section talking about soap actors and "where they are now."

Added by Donna on July 23, 2011 at 2:26pm — No Comments

always also difficult to live

in spite of time, I do not arrive at living with l' olopécie… the glance of people… the glance in the ice… that is too difficult… I am not me… with when the miracle… I want to retrogress, to even find me… soon I will have to turn over to work or to find another employment and I cannot plan to be surrounded like an animal, of malevolent glance… I work with the public, commen to make not to undergo this situation, to manage to look at people without seeing surprise or pity?

Added by coccinelle on July 23, 2011 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

Weight gain?? and Wigs

Ok so i've gained an extra 40 lbs i'm not complaining of my weight is I love seefood= I see food I eat !!
But my problem now is finding the right wig to go with my face.
I have the short one and I dislike it as it makes me look too pudgy, I have the curly one and I still look pudgy anyone have any ideas how I should go about what looks good and what doesn't?

Added by Lisa-Lynn Marini on July 22, 2011 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

My first trip out au naturel

Hiya all...its been a while since I have written anything

I wanted to share with you, my AW family the next big step I took on my alopecia journey. The other day after work I went into a store without anything on my head. Normally I wear a scarf while at work and I remove it upon entering my jeep at the end of the day. Well this day I needed to pick up a few things at the drug store and instead of putting the scarf back on for a 10 minute trip inside, I kept it off. I was still… Continue

Added by Bald and Fabulous AKA Terri on July 22, 2011 at 12:20am — 7 Comments

Looking for guidance when I am so clueless!

Hello to all of the fabulous role models I so strive to become one day :)

This is most first post on the site, although I have read through some of yours whenever I need a pick me up. I am a 32 yr old woman who has alopecia areata for almost 2 years. I was blessed enough to have lived my life with hair, that I used to dye all types of colors and was constantly changing styles. This has been a very difficult 2 years, and although my husband has been the best possible support, there is only… Continue

Added by zoitsa theo on July 21, 2011 at 6:31am — 10 Comments

Run away from me?!

There's a line in the movie Eat, Pray, Love that really hit me. It is when Liz is walking away from a boat trip to a private island. After the Brazilian man says this, he follows with, "You are going away from the great possibilities of your own life." This was significant, because she had been searching for her life, and balance, throughout her whole three-country exploration of food, faith and personal peace.

It made me think of the chances one takes to follow dreams,… Continue

Added by Tallgirl on July 20, 2011 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

Eyebrow pencil

This blog is directed more so towards my ladies than gents but gentlemen please feel free to chime in if you can help out!

For about a year now Ive been shading my eyebrows in. In October my eyebrow hair fell completely out so I have been drawing them on. because this is relatively new to me I have tried out several different eyebrow pencils and I have yet to find one that meets my needs. Do any of you have any suggestions as to what brand of eyebrow pencil i can use that would… Continue

Added by Montoya Grant on July 20, 2011 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

To tip or not to tip?

I just purchased my second wig but this time from a full service salon. My previous wig was purchased at a place that only sold wigs and I didn't even feel like I had to tip when making my purchase (wouldn't have wanted to anyway caused I felt rushed and as though they were forcing styles on me not to my liking.)

Anyway, for the one I recently purchased, which was $800 ($300 more than the last one I bought), I tipped the guy $25 because I felt more inclined to since it was a full… Continue

Added by Nikki on July 20, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Goin Pink for a Cause next week!

So I am very much involved in the Susan G. Komen 3Day for a Cure(Breast Cancer Foundation). I am a crew captain this year, which the crew are the people who work the event and keep it going for the 3 days. I am in charge of 24 people.

I had a get together this past weekend at my house and "came out" to everyone as they were seeing me in a wig that day, but during the event I will be in a hat or bandana so I don't die in the heat. I wanted to make sure to tell them ahead of time, 1)… Continue

Added by Julie G on July 20, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments

Beauty Queen seeks teenage girl with Alopecia to play head double.

Michigan Creative Film Alliance seeks a teenage female with Alopecia Totalis or Universalis to be a head double for the film, Beauty Queen. The film will shoot the first two weeks of August. If you or anyone you know would be interested in the role please e-mail us at mcfabeautyqueen@gmail.com

For more information on Beauty Queen and the Michigan Creative Film Alliance please visit us at http://mi-cfa.com/index.html and… Continue

Added by Kelci on July 19, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

On bullying

Recently, I was accused by another member of our community, who shall remain nameless, that I was a condescending, know it all bully. When I read her message that contained those words, I laughed it off because to be honest, if my tendency to say what I mean and mean what I say means that feelings get hurt and you choose to live life like an ostrich with its head in the sand, then guess what? Your loss.

I laughed it off because I've been the victim of bullying - and the last time I… Continue

Added by kastababy on July 19, 2011 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

The Wig...

When my family and I had accepted the fact that I would have to wear a wig to hide my growing hair loss, I was the tender age of nine. This was the mid Sixties and long straight hair was just becoming all the rage. I pictured picking out a long, flowing wig that would be the envy of all the other fifth graders in my class. So when my mother took me to a wig salon that also sold wedding attire, I was told that they didn't have any long wigs that fit my small nine-year-old head. We finally… Continue

Added by Gigi Peterson on July 19, 2011 at 9:26am — No Comments

Living with a secret. My journey begins.

Have you ever lived with a secret? Have you ever lived a lie? I never really thought about it much until I caught the tail end of Oprah. She was talking to people who were living a lie. Some of these people were regular people during the day and strippers or prostitutes at night. Another was living a rich and famous life but had been dirt poor as a child though no one knew. One famous athlete was molested as a child. The therapist ended the show by saying that thousands of viewers were living… Continue

Added by Gigi Peterson on July 19, 2011 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Oh, the humility of it all!

My hair kept coming out and, as prescribed by our family doctor, my mom began applying cortisone cream, wrapping my head in Saran Wrap, and topping it off with a shower cap. (The idea was to get the head to sweat which would cause the blood to rush to the surface of my scalp and help stimulate the skin and allow the cortisone to do its work.) There would be some success, but it would be short-lived. By the time I was nine, the patches were growing worse and so was my parents' alarm. I can still… Continue

Added by Gigi Peterson on July 19, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Poena mortuA

Pudenta sum,
ab mundo sine hominibus,
ab hominibus sine animis,
ab animis sine corde,
ab corde sine dolore,
ab dolore sine causa,
ab causa sine vita,
ab vita mea pudenta.

Added by Biljana Talevska on July 19, 2011 at 7:07am — 2 Comments

Three months

I've really let myself go. I don't even know the creature that looks back at me so sadly from the other side of the mirror. It took about three months to go from missing spots in my hair to no hair, no lashes, no brows, no anything. It took about three months to go from curvy and carrying a few extra pounds to not being able to fit into any of my clothes. It took about three months to go from being depressed to seriously contemplating all of my darkest thoughts.

I feel so disgusted… Continue

Added by civilizedsavage on July 19, 2011 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Hair & heat

I'm starting to find myself very down lately, I can't even wear a hair peice in my own home I get sooo damn hot, evn with a scarf so I have to walk around bald and i'm getting sick of it, just tired of looking at myself everyday being bald, every now and then its ok but omg everydayyyy???? this heat is a bitch and it's making me feel very glum:(

I have central air and bought 2 fans last week and I sweat like crazy if I wear a hair peice or scarf not sure if it's the weight I gained or what… Continue

Added by Lisa-Lynn Marini on July 18, 2011 at 7:25pm — 3 Comments

Happy summer, and an update

I just want to wish everyone a good summer. I hope it hasn't been too hot where you are.

I visit AW now and then, but for whatever reason I'm more reluctant to post now than when I first joined. Who knows why. I do want to thank everyone for the site, your posts, and photos. Even though I haven't posted in a long time, it really helps to read your words. You are all such wonderful, beautiful, fun people. Inside, and out. Thank you!

My shed hasn't stopped, but I was down to… Continue

Added by Lori on July 18, 2011 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Why yes, it *is* a wig actually

So my husbands parents came to visit this past weekend. This is stressful enough...I'm particularly depressed when they arrive and the Husband has to coax me out of the bedroom, wanting to all go down to the Wild West days they had at the historical district of town. So I drag myself out of bed and get dressed and go outside to say hello to his folks.

Mother in law notices my blonde hair (the best shape of a wig I currently have) and freaks out, she goes on and on about how much she… Continue

Added by civilizedsavage on July 18, 2011 at 4:16pm — 6 Comments

I just can't move on

i think its gettin worse i still cant get over the fact that iv no hair all my life iv had it and it just aint getting any easyer i got my eye brows cosmeticly done cause i though it would make me fell better i just wont to be able to trow me hair up if im just sitting around but i cant but i cant all i can do with my wig is leave it down my 2yr old son tryed to pull the wig off my head the other day he hasnt got a clue hes still to young to under stand it just kilt me i put on the brave an… Continue

Added by louise malone on July 17, 2011 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

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