For many women, hair is the most important part of their beauty. Not only is hair a reflection of their identity, it’s also a symbol of their femininity. Hence, when this woman noticed her hair was falling out, her self-esteem plummeted.
When Glynis visited the salon to get her hair done five years ago, her stylist spotted a small bald spot on her scalp.
Glynis didn’t think much about it until she found another bald patch two to three years later.
Glynis then consulted a dermatologist, who claimed she was undergoing temporary hair loss.
However, her bald patches became larger after the first treatment.
After going through a scalp biopsy, the doctor gave her a different diagnosis—she was either suffering from alopecia areata, which can be treated, or central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA), a scarring condition that will result in permanent hair loss.
The shocking news hit Glynis hard.
“How could this be happening and happening so fast?” Glynis told The Doctors.
As Glynis lost her hair, which represents “a large part of me being female,” she was also gradually losing her confidence.
“When I look in the mirror, it’s devastating,” she said.
Donning a wig, Glynis became hypersensitive.
Worried that people might know she was wearing a wig, she avoided making eye contact with everyone.
Glynis later revealed this “secret” to her daughter, Midori.
Midori did everything to make her mother feel better. She wrote inspiring messages, such as: “You are a strong woman,” “Amazing Mother!” “Beautiful,” and “Confident” on a mirror, and gave it to her. She wanted her mom to look at the mirror and pick herself up every time she felt sad.
It’s not easy for Glynis to show her bald patches to the world.
But, the brave mother chose to appear on The Doctors, an Emmy award-winning talk show, because she wanted a solution to her hair loss.
To determine what was really causing her hair to fall out, The Doctors engaged the help of dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra.
Dr. Batra found out that Glynis’s bald patches were actually the result of alopecia areata—a common, yet treatable autoimmune disorder. That means her hair can re-grow with treatment using topical solutions, injections, or oral medications.
It’s definitely good news for Glynis. What’s more, she was given a year of treatments—totally free of charge, by Dr. Peter Malouf from Dermatology Associates of DFW.
Hopefully, Glynis will have her hair re-grown and soon be able to stand confidently, and smile!
To find out what hair loss solution Dr. Malouf proposed for Glynis, watch the video below: