When I first lost all my hair to alopecia universalis, I tried a wig…but not for long. The heat, the itching, the constant worry about who was wearing what that might snag it when I gave or received a hug—it was just all too taxing of energy I could have been spending accepting my baldness and getting on with the joy of living.
There weren’t many examples of how to live as a bald women in a hair obsessed society. In fact, everywhere I looked it turned out I was the only openly bald woman in the city. The day I saw another openly bald woman in the passenger seat of the car next to me was a day of celebration. It was so uplifting to know I was not terminally unique.
Now, there is a growing movement of women who are throwing off their wigs and reclaiming their joy. Women are talking about their problems and their pain and are looking for solutions. Some are looking for ways to improve wigs. More and more, however, are tossing the camouflage and frolicking in the freedom of being comfortable in their own skins.
The first Bald Mannequin Project is the perfect example of the growing confidence of bald women. Mary Marshall, founder of International Alopecia Day (IAD) saw an opportunity to put real bald women next to bald mannequins. Here is the beautiful resulting video: