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This Little Girl Danielle Wride Is Embracing Her Baldness And Found Her New Hair Style

Danielle Wride lost all of her hair to alopecia

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Danielle Wride lost all of her hair to alopecia

Daniella Wride was brushing her little girl’s long darker hair when ?she saw that with each stroke, bunches of it were turning out. That was January 1, 2017. Inside 20 days, seven-year-old Gianessa Wride’s hair and eyebrows were totally gone, and her dermatologist said they could never become back. Gianessa had turned out to be one of the 6.8 million Americans with alo­pecia, a ?auto­immune illness that causes male pattern baldness. (There’s really an enormous logical advantage to being bare.)

 

Alopecia isn’t painful, ?but for kids who suffer from it, the agony comes from standing out from the crowd. For the most part, the students in Gianessa’s first-grade class in Salem, Utah, were understanding. But the occasional taunt of “Baldy” made her feel like an outcast. “I did not want her to not feel beautiful,” her mother told Today.

They tried covering her baldness, but wigs were itchy and scarves wouldn’t stay on.

Then the school announced its “Crazy Hair Day” competition in April, and Daniella and Gianessa ?decided that rather than hiding ­Gianessa’s baldness under scarves ?or a wig, they would celebrate it. Daniella bought scrapbook-sticker jewels and decorated her daughter’s head with floral designs and even an owl. “They just fit her personality,” Daniella told CNN. “She’s so vibrant.”

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On the morning of the competition, Gianessa was nervous. Would her friends think it was funny or freaky? She had nothing to fear. ?Bedazzled Gianessa was a hit—and the winner of the crazy-hair competition. Gianessa is now glad she dared to go bare. “I was sad at first when I lost all my hair,” she told People, “but now I love being bald. I can do things to my head that other kids can’t. I’m thinking now it might be fun to decorate my head with some sparkly butterflies and flowers.”

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