When I was about 9 years old, my parents took us to my dad’s cousin’s party. Basically, the family members you never knew about until that moment. From that day on, two things stuck with me:
- The place was very far away from home. So far, that I could not go back home even if I wanted to.
- A girl around my age had no hair. On the way back I remember asking my dad about her. He told me; “She was born that way.” I never got to see her again, but my parents did. They were even invited to her wedding. Every time they got to see her through the years they always comment on two things about her: her achievements/scholarships due to sports and her beautiful hair. My mom was so impressed how her wigs, no matter the color, style or length made her look like the prettiest girl in the room.
Nowadays, with the help of internet, you find answers for everything! I still do not know the clinical reason of why she was born without hair, but I do know that many can be the reasons why someone starts losing their hair. They can be different kinds of alopecia, genes, stress, aging, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalance, cancer treatments and menopause, which can be a triggering factor for hair loss.
If you want to read more about the topic, I recommend the Harvard Health Publishing website: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/treating-female-pattern-hair-loss
If you want to go the extra mile, you can donor your hair, it is very easy, and you will make someone very happy! 20+ years ago, that little girl had a wig, but according to her parents, she didn’t like to use it because it was too hot and itchy. It was a made of synthetic hair. In this day and age though, it is easier to find a wig made of natural hair, and that is thanks to the donation of many.
If you are interested in donating your hair, make sure you follow the instructions of the organization to prevent your donation going to waste. Some organizations will even take as little as 8” of hair and dyed hair. Visit Locks of Love and Hair We Share for organizations that have been around since 1997 and 2014, respectively. It is worth mentioning that there are many more organizations available, and that most likely you can also find a local organization.