My name Is Jassica Langley-Elson.
My Alopeica Journey
In 2012, I was diagnosed with an extreme form of hair loss called Alopecia. I was losing my hair in small, round, smooth patches on my scalp. My hair was thinning at a rapid pace and I didn’t know what to do. I prayed about my hair loss and thankfully God lead me to make an all natural mixture, that has helped to stop my hair loss and regrow my natural hair.
My hair has been growing back, slowly but surely, for the past almost 4 years. I am proud to say that I am Alopecia Free!
My Hair Growth Setbacks
I have had many hair setbacks, while trying to regrow my natural hair from alopecia. When my hair was thinning, it was very hard to cope with the reality that my hair had become so brittle, thin and short. I was use to having a thick, long head of hair. Well, long to me was about “collar bone” length, but that was long enough for me. It was thick, shiny and healthy.
I noticed the extreme shedding and breakage many years before finding out I had alopecia. I tried to keep my hair in low styles, so that I didn’t notice the thinning as much. It helped me to cope with the hair loss at the time.
I tried to shave off some of my hair, to help me cope with the hair loss without doing anything too dramatic.
I cut it low- 2005
I cut it even lower – 2006
I kept it low during- 2008
Can My Hair Even Grow?
My hair always grew for about 2 years, but right before I hit my 2 year mark, my hair would start to thin excessively.
In 2012, I spoke to my doctor about my excessive hair shedding and he told me the excessive shedding and thinning was due to a hair loss condition called alopecia. I tried to keep my natural hair and grow it, but the hair loss from the alopecia spread and it became too excessive to cover up or pretend it wasn’t there. I became more and more anxious, depressed and overwhelmed with looking at myself in the mirror. I hated running my fingers through “what was left” of my hair.
On April 10th 2012, I decided to do something dramatic. I decided to take the huge plunge and shave my head bald!
You Can Watch The Video of me After I shaved off all of my hair Here:
This was the first time I documented shaving off all of my hair, but it was not the only time I decided to shave my hair all off.
Documenting My Successful Hair Growth Journey
On March 26, 2013, I decided to shave off all of my natural hair, one final time. I decided that whether or not my hair grew back, evenly or not, I was not going to shave off my hair until I had grown my hair for 3 years. (I Documented My Whole Journey Here)
Bald Women Stereotypes
Being a bald woman was not easy in the beginning. I had people ask me if I was “butch” and I had people say things like, ” That’s really a man”. I was really offended and hurt in the beginning of my journey, when people decided to say these very hurtful, ignorant and stereotypical remarks.
If a woman is bald or has low hair, it doesn’t mean she is a lesbian or that she wants to be a man. Women in North America are praised for having long, thick hair. If they decide that they want to go bald or shave their hair really low, it is not looked too highly upon.
I have had ladies say things like it is was not good for a woman to be bald, from a Biblical stand point. I understood why they believed this, but they didn’t realize why I shaved off all of my hair in the first place. It was not about religion, it was about coping mentally and emotionally with my hair loss.
Being a Bald Woman in Society
I decided that I would cover my head and wrap it up with some cloth, so that other women would not focus so much on my hair and that I was not causing others to have hateful and hurtful comments to say. But, yet again, I had people say that I looked like I was trying to be apart of different religious groups/organizations or that I looked like I was a gypsy.
Others said I looked unkept and uncivilized. I had my family members make fun of me and tell me that I didn’t look good and that they couldn’t wait for me to grow my hair back.
People even went as far as thinking I was being rebellious, by shaving off all of my hair. I was not trying to be “outside the box” or be “rebellious” in any way. I was really just trying to cope with my alopecia and hair loss in the best way that I knew how.
It was hard having other people look down on me or treat me badly because I was “different”, but it helped me to stay focused on helping others who also maybe struggling with these stereotypes from having alopecia and hair loss related issues.
Hair Growth Success
I want to encourage women and men with alopecia and hair loss issues that it is possible for our hair to grow back. Since alopecia and hair loss is not talked about in society, I would also like to spread alopecia awareness. It is possible to be free from the bondage of alopecia and hair loss. So far, I am almost on year 4 and my hair is continuing to grow and thrive!
The real difference between approaching year two this time around, is that my hair has not started thinning or falling out at all. There are no bald patches and the hair on my head, overall, has grown faster and longer than it ever has in my whole life!
Through my Youtube Channel “alopeciafreewithjass” my videos have reached tens of thousands of individuals, suffering from alopecia and hair loss and many have written with amazing results of hair restoration and regrowth. I will continue to document my Natural Hair Journey as a way of supporting and encouraging others who are suffering from alopecia and have no other means of support.
You Are Beautiful
There is no over night cure for alopecia. There is no quick fix way to treat or cure this disease. But with all of us supporting and encouraging each other, we can get closer to the truth of why we have alopecia and what we can do to fix it for good.
In the meantime, feel free to stay connected through my Youtube channel or right here on this blog. We can get through this! But no matter the outcome my message has always been and will always be the same:
“You are beautiful With Or Without hair. W.O.W.” -Jassica Langley-Elson