Hi, I’m Steve, and although you can’t tell now I actually have long hair. For most of my life I was a total hippy, and with long, straight, sandy-coloured hair and little round glasses I was frequently told by complete strangers that I looked just like John Lennon. This has now changed. I have alopecia areata universalis, which means I don’t have any hair at all – not eyebrows, or lashes or anything. (As my five-year-old son puts it: ‘My Dad doesn’t have any hair; he’s just got a head.’) No one really knows why this happens to people, and there isn’t a cure. You just have to get used to the new look at get on. You can read about my alopecia story here
To tell you a little about myself, I’m a former academic (English literature) and I now write and edit for a living. (If you want to find out more about me professionally, follow the links on the homepage.) I’m married, with a five-year-old son and an irascible black cat. I love reading, classic motorcycles, old movies, comics, wild rockabilly, and anything to do with horror.
As noted in About the blog, the point of all this is to hopefully cheer up anyone suffering with alopecia and other hair loss issues by reminding ourselves of all the cool characters, historical icons and celebrities that just happen to be bald. This is not a serious undertaking; it’s supposed to be fun, but for support and advice on alopecia you should immediately make contact with Alopecia UK.
You can find the Alopecia UK website here
They are also on Twitter
…as am I, so please do look me up.
Anyway, the challenge I have set myself is to come up with a bald icon every day for a hundred days that I find personally inspiring. Pretty high concept, eh? These are likely to get quite random quite quickly, so don’t expect a discernible pattern, other than, possibly, cult TV and genre film, because that’s kind of my thing. If you have what I have, or something like it, then I hope this little quest will in some small way help you make peace with your new physical identity and rediscover your sense of personal style.
When I started doing this my spirits definitely lifted, so maybe try making your own list, or if you have a kid with alopecia encourage him or her to do the same. If you want to ask me anything about alopecia – bearing in mind that I’m not that kind of doctor – then please feel free to give me a shout. And join the Alopecia UK closed group on Facebook, too, they are a wonderful source of information and support.
All the Best