My husband and I talked about what to do with my hair, because I was feeling insecure about looking sick. So he suggested I go see my usual stylist, who works with clients who have Alopecia Areata, and see what happens.
Of course, I’m looking through Pinterest for ideas. Maybe I’d go wild. Purple or pink hair. Shave off the bald side (there were still some hairs). I had saved all these ideas, and while none of them were styles I would choose for myself in a million years, I wanted to make my hair look purposeful.
Alopecia Areata Hair Styles
My husband called in and booked the appointment for me. Today, I got my haircut. To make myself feel better, I put on a little makeup as a confidence booster. Also, I went inside without a scarf. While my mind was racing like, what are you doing, cover it up! I told myself it is not something I control. People need to see Alopecia Areata more, and know it’s an autoimmune disease.
Sometimes, the awkward period as hair falls out makes you feel ugly. You think you look sick. Your confidence falls in a sharp decline. You keep looking in the mirror, obsessing over it.
I walked in, and my mind went blank. I totally didn’t know what to do. It was like all the ideas evaporated. Luckily, Pierce, my hair stylist took over. She had a plan. She said we can make it look like you did it on purpose like a wild woman. I love her. She really cares about her clients, and I feel totally comfortable around her.
If you are in the Milwaukee area, Pierce works at Erik’s of Norway. I recommend her services to anyone who feels uncomfortable going somewhere when your hair is falling out.
I kept my original hair color. Below is a before (at day 10) and the final result. I think it turned out well. There will be an adjustment period, because as I said earlier, I would never have chosen this style on my own. But I’m already starting to like it more and more as I keep peeking in the mirror on my bedroom wall.