What is your favorite hairstyle? No matter what hairstyle you want, for most people, their hair is their ‘crowning glory’; some even think that their hair is part of their identity, part of something that makes them who they are.
Can you remember your worst haircut ever or even your best and bad hair days? I remember a time when a stylist made my hair so short that I didn’t want to go to school the next day. My mom and dad comforted me as I sobbed. They told me it’s just hair; it will grow back! Well, of course, it did grow back after some time. After that incident, I haven’t cut my hair past my shoulder ever since– it made me feel like I’d lost a part of myself because I looked different.
But just imagine, that short-lived experience for me is a lifelong reality for those who are suffering and diagnosed with alopecia. Alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss not only in the head but all over the body. People who suffer from this condition is often affected with a lack of self-confidence and feeling like a piece of their identity is missing.
Michelle Moffatt from Dumbarton, Scotland was diagnosed with alopecia after losing a clump of her while in the shower. “When I first lost my hair I was distraught, I saw a clump fall out in the shower but it wasn’t until I took a photo of the back of my head that I realised how much had fallen out,” she said. She was even more horrified when she eventually lost all her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows. It took a toll to her self-confidence.
But she decided that she wasn’t going to let her diagnosis bring her down. Although heartbroken, Michelle said that even if she didn’t recognize herself, her husband Ross, 36, and four kids, Yasmin, 12, Joshua, 10, Darrah, six, and Zachariah, five, kept her going.
It was only when a friend entered her into Miss Bombshell Beauty Pageant, she plucked up the courage to take center stage and raise awareness for Alopecia UK – a charity that provides information, advice and support for people who are experiencing hair loss. Her story is inspiring thousands of people from all over the world when she won her first beauty pageant despite suffering from alopecia. Describing her new look, Michelle said: “I was learning how to apply make up by watching YouTube videos and I had my eyebrows tattooed.
Now almost one year since her diagnosis, Michelle said that she can look back at the start of her journey and smile with pride. She says, “Nowadays when look in the mirror I see me. I am Michelle, bald or hair on or headscarf, I am me. “I have accepted that i probably won’t have hair again, I am OK with that. “I just pray that anyone out there struggling can find peace in themselves, you are beautiful, look in a mirror, tell yourself that. Because it is true.”
Here are her inspiring pictures:
This is her video of transforming her look with makeup: