Hair is regarded as a reflection of our identity due to its personal and public nature. The desire to beautify the body is regarded as an inherent part of being human, with hair remaining as a symbol of femininity and beauty.
Alopecia, an autoimmune condition that results in varying degrees of hair loss from any part of the body, can results in social phobia, anxiety and depression, especially for women for whom a deep, personal relationship between hair and self-esteem has existed throughout history, philosophy and religion.
Women with alopecia are very often required to adapt to the condition rather than look for a cure for which there is none.
For some, to dispense with a wig or to shave their head is a decision made over a long period of time, which offers the chance to redefine both themselves and the concept of beauty - their own and that of other people.
Two images from this project were in included as part of a TedX group exhibition to accompany the Beyond (Your) Fear talk in 2017 [see here].
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- "I just wanted to say I'm a HUGE fan of your project! As a 17 year old with Alopecia, it's so empowering to see such gorgeous women embracing who they are. I would love to participate or be involved more if that's ever possible, but I know it could be difficult because of location and whatnot."
- "My name is Kristina, I'm 24 years Old and from Germany. I have alopecia since I'm 12 and I learned that it's okay to show my bald head in public only half a year ago when I decided that I don't want to wear any wigs anymore. Please Let me know if I would fit in your project."
I've been bald since 4 years old. Thank-you for this : ) I'm 44 now : )