, “There is no handbook on this.” Hear Chrissy’s Story – Love, Alopecia

“There is no handbook on this.” Hear Chrissy’s Story – Love, Alopecia

“There is no handbook on this.” Hear Chrissy’s Story – Love, Alopecia


Meet up with Chrissy! 

Chrissy a short while ago shared her tale with us about living with Alopecia Areata for 30 years. She shares overtly and truthfully about what the journey has looked like for her – and what it could possibly be like for many others, as well. Study it underneath!

“I initially discovered my Alopecia Areata about 30 yrs ago.  I was residing and working on an island on the Good Barrier Reef at the time.  I experienced seriously extensive hair, and they utilized to call me “Leilani” because of my curly lengthy hair and the frangipanis I applied to dress in guiding my ear.

My alopecia did not get worried me significantly back again then, and I finished up residing on the islands for about 10 several years.

Quick ahead to around 2002, and my Alopecia Areata turned into Alopecia Universalis inside a brief period of time.

So there begins the journey that numerous of us have taken. 

With complete hair reduction arrives the exploration of resources to get us by way of no matter what we want.  Synthetic wigs, eyebrow and eyeliner cosmetic tattooing, human hair wigs, beanies, scarves, hats.  Most importantly supportive loved ones and buddies.  I dipped my toes in all of these swimming pools.  I have on human hair wigs (Independence wigs) most of the time so that I can blend into culture without constantly getting to be the centre of interest.  When I have my hair-no cost vacations (supplying my wig the working day off), I generally don lovely scarves and tender bamboo caps with wonderful large earrings and clothes that make me sense good, or other occasions a funky hat or fluffy beanie.

I will have to admit, I nevertheless get butterflies in my tummy leaving my “girl” at household.  I sense very susceptible and it’s not one thing I’m 100% into yet, but everyone’s journey is a little diverse.  What I do know is that it’s a extremely private practical experience of expansion and confidence in by yourself.  All people embraces their alopecia at a various pace.  There is no handbook on this.  No correct or improper … no “do this or do that”.

All we can do is share our ideas and tools and see if it can help an individual come to be much more relaxed in their possess pores and skin.  I would like that I experienced fulfilled someone with alopecia when I was to start with enduring whole hair reduction.  Every thing that I have now in my arsenal of self-confidence I have stumbled on to myself.  The gentle bamboo caps that I don beneath my pretty scarves employed to value me $35 each.  I have now sourced beautiful tender cotton types on eBay for all around $5.  And op shops are a excellent resource for gorgeous scarves.  I have found some gorgeous ones for $2 every single.

And I definitely enjoy donning my beanies… they’re tremendous tender and I have them in all types of colors to accommodate what I’m donning.  I started generating them when I was dwelling and doing the job in Tasmania, and I travelled around Australia for about 2 a long time (driving a 1986 Toyota Corolla hatchback – hilarious!) and I made them as I went, halting at small markets together the way to sell them to get some cash for petrol, foods and camping expenses.  It was an wonderful expertise.

I largely don my beanies in Winter, and primarily in mattress, due to the fact as considerably as you can set a lot of blankets on in Wintertime, your head nevertheless sticks out the best and receives so cold – no hair for insulation.  And beanies can be an amazing trend accent – not just a head hotter.

I like sharing my beanies with mates, and also with individuals heading by way of chemo.  My beanies are pretty and smooth, and aren’t at all scratchy on all those delicate stunning bald scalps.  It’s like a hug for your head , “There is no handbook on this.” Hear Chrissy’s Story – Love, Alopecia and it provides you all those warm fuzzies.”

Do you appreciate beanies as well? 

We invite you to be a part of us for the Alice Springs Beanie Competition,
Friday, June 24, 2022 – Monday June 27, 2022!
The Competition is a local community-based mostly event that provides Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists jointly to share their cultures and boost handmade textile arts. 
AAAF is sponsoring people to just take a vacation and show up at the pageant!

To come across out data about how you can be sponsored by AAAF to go to the Beanie Competition, email [email protected]

Be a part of Chrissy and other associates of the AAAF neighborhood and utilize for a vacation to the Beanie Festival!


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