Chloe (29) is an Esthetician who has been living with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disorder which causes hair loss), for 15 years.After moving from Australia to the United Kingdom, Chloe found that her condition was getting progressively worse.I’d decided that I wanted to go back to studying so nothing to do with romance I’m afraid! So I got to see a doctor quickly and then did some testing with dermatologists in Brisbane.
And then because I’ve always been quite open about Alopecia and awareness, especially on social media and Twitter, I was approached by one of the girls from the production company.
Absolutely, I almost have a full head of hair again.
I’m back in Australia; I’m back having the treatments I’d been having.
I do think about it – especially now that I’m back in Brisbane and it’s so hot – wearing a wig is very uncomfortable, but I feel better about it.
If it got a bit bad around the front then maybe I got a bit upset but in regards to how I felt about myself, it didn’t affect my confidence, it didn’t affect me in any way – relationships, nothing. It’s interesting, my friends here [in Australia], no one cares because I’ve always had it. Before that I had hair – a full head of hair – no issue, maybe just a patch the size of a 50 cent coin here or there.
So, I struggled with it the very first year when I shaved my head, and I watched the first season of Too Ugly For Love?I still hate wearing the wigs but now I can see that I have hair and I have almost kind of a pixie cut going on, with just a few big patches left to grow through. Like I’ve got curly hair, and I’ve never had curly hair in my life, but I have curls in my hair! It’s exciting now because it’s responding well to treatment, and I don’t know if it’s less pollution, or more sunshine, or a more laidback lifestyle but we’re definitely not as rushed as they are in the UK.and Jen Chambers, the Charity Manager for Alopecia UK was on it and they [Alopecia UK Group] posted it on Facebook and so I thought ‘Ah, what’s this?’, and I watched it, and just how she spoke and how she felt resonated really strongly with me.Two years ago, Chloe opted to shave her head after dramatic hair loss, and now wears wigs while she undergoes treatment.I’d done four years in London and was ready to come back home. At the beginning it was scary because we didn’t know what it was.