The bald truth
For most women it’s the first thing we experiment with – should I have blonde highlights, layers, a perm, grow it long or cut it into a crop? With a twirl of tongs or hiss of the straighteners we can transform our locks into our crowning glory.
We think our hair helps define us, so if it kinks up the wrong way, goes frizzy or hangs limp around our face we declare a bad hair day.
So imagine the terror Georgia Van Cuylenburg went through when hers started falling out in clumps in the shower. She was a hair model and staring at her reflection in the mirror, with bald patches where her shiny blonde hair had been just minutes before, she feared her life would never be the same again.
She was diagnosed with alopecia, but for years hid her problem under hats and wigs. And then one day, speaking to some children, she realised her baldness was part of her, and nothing to be ashamed of. She embraced the way she looks now and has gone on to be just as successful and happy as she was before. Read her interesting story on page 28 – it’s a lesson to all of us that real beauty really is about confidence and how we view ourselves, and not just what we look like. Until next week,