How 1 Woman With Hair Loss Learned to Accept Herself and Inspire Others
For most women, long, flowing hair is a huge source of confidence. It makes us feel feminine and pretty, and many of us have an emotional attachment to our manes (ever cry after a bad haircut?). Unfortunately, according to the American Hair Loss Association, 40 percent of people in the United States with hair loss are female and many women are too embarrassed to discuss it. Yasmin Taylor, a 24-year-old from the UK, is breaking that stigma by posting photos of her hair loss journey on Instagram, inspiring people everywhere.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Yasmin openly discusses her struggle with hair loss and how she learned to accept herself. Yasmin's strands started falling out when she was just 15 due to alopecia, a condition where an individual's immune system attacks hair follicles and prevents hair growth.
"I wouldn't let anyone see me without [my wig], not my family or my boyfriend at the time. He was really great about it and always helped me cover it up. I just felt so ashamed and embarrassed of what was happening to me," she told the Daily Mail.
Eight years after she was first diagnosed, Yasmin finally decided to go wig-free. "I realized that while I was wearing a wig, I was pretending to be someone I'm not, so I thought I'm going to have to be brave and just take it off."
Today, Yasmin has become an inspiration to many people with hair loss by embracing her natural beauty. She posts selfies on Instagram with hashtags like #alopeciaawareness, #bald, and #thebaldmovement proving that looking different doesn't mean your beauty shouldn't be celebrated. Her honesty and bravery helps those going through similar situations feel less alone.
"I've been getting the most wonderful comments from teenage girls who say my Instagram inspire[s] people — it makes my heart so warm," she said in the Daily Mail. "I am proud of myself, having alopecia made me a better person, I appreciate the small things I have."
Read on to see some of Yasmin's stunning selfies!