A woman who lost all of her hair at the age of two after being diagnosed with alopecia has embraced her baldness after years of wearing wigs.
Sarah McManus, 20, from Wishaw, Scotland, decided to ditch hair extensions in a bid to prove that hair doesn’t define beauty.
The hair replacement clinic worker’s move comes after years of her feeling like a ‘boy in a wig’ while growing up.
Embracing her new look brought on by the condition, which also means she has no body hair, has given Sarah newfound confidence, years after being left to feel embarrassed by comments from fellow school children.
Speaking about her condition, Sarah admitted: ‘My hair fell out pretty quickly when I was two and never recovered from then, I lost it all in the space of three weeks.
‘I’m now completely bald and have no body hair whatsoever’.
Her condition started off as alopecia areata, where her hair fell out in patches but developed into alopecia universalis which left her bald and without any body hair.
Sarah’s alopecia didn’t affect her well-being until she started school when people would ask her if she was wearing a wig.
‘It didn’t affect me too much until I started school, then it had a huge impact on my life. Someone made a comment asking if I “wore a wig” which lead me to social media and explained my condition and from there I can’t say I’ve had many negative responses,’ she admitted.
Sarah struggled as a teenager and relied on makeup to give her self-confidence.
‘As a teenager, it was definitely hard, I felt less girly, I felt like a boy in a wig hiding my face,’ she admitted.
‘Having to turn to makeup from a young age to draw on eyebrows and give the impression of eyelashes that gave me more confidence and realize that being bald shouldn’t make me feel less feminine.
‘I’m very lucky to have such supportive family, friends and a boyfriend who has always supported me, and remind me how inspiring I am.’
And her new role helped change her outlook on beauty and improve her confidence to leave the house without a wig.
‘I recently started work in a hair replacement clinic in Motherwell which has changed my life for the better, I would hardly take pictures without my wig on and never leave the house without it before,’ Sarah said.
‘I believe I’ve started to embrace my baldness because I’ve realized my condition may be life changing but it’s not life-threatening, and I see women who come to the hair replacement clinic going through chemotherapy and think how lucky I am.’
Speaking about her new look, Sarah admitted she hopes to inspire chemotherapy patients to do the same.
‘Now I have my wig off more than I have it on and it feels amazing, I’ve always wanted to work with women and men with hair loss as I can relate, and it feels fantastic doing that,’ she explained.
Sarah now regularly posts pictures of herself with and without a wig on her Instagram and hopes that by sharing bald selfies on social media that she can inspire others to be themselves.
‘I’m so happy I started to share my journey on Instagram with regular updates on my treatments I’ve been receiving,’ she said.
‘I’m so overwhelmed with the response I’ve had on social media with messages from people all over the world with the same condition looking for wig advice, makeup advice or just how to cope.
‘I want others with the same condition to be themselves. I hope by me sharing my bald selfies on social media it can inspire others too. Hair does not define beauty.’
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