By Charlotte Nisbet
A stunning woman has unveiled her bald head for the first time after documenting her severe hair loss in a series of photographs.
Juliet Cooke, 28, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, first noticed a bald patch on her scalp last June while blow-drying her hair – and now, eight months later, she has made the brave decision to bare all and shave her head.
The sales and events manager was devastated to lose her once thick, long hair but knew after being diagnosed with alopecia that there was no point waiting for it all to fall out.
Waking up with clumps of hair on her pillow most mornings, Juliet said she felt like a weight had been lifted off her shoulders when she finally decided to shave it off.
After documenting her journey through a series of photographs on social media, Juliet decided to bare all and show her friends and family her bald head for the first time two days ago, (Feb 27).
And after uploading a video of herself sharing her own story on social media, Juliet’s been inundated with women sharing similar experiences and she is now determined to help others by sharing her experiences further.
Juliet said: “Showing my bald head has given me so much strength since I was diagnosed with Alopecia last June.
“I decided to share my experiences on Facebook and uploaded a video in a bid to tell people what I’d been going through.
“I loved my hair and despite being distraught when it began to fall out, I have done my best to see the positives.
“I was fed up of waking up next to clumps of hair and bald patches, seeing it fall out in the shower and that’s why I decided to shave it all off.
“I felt so relieved when it was finally all gone, I felt as though a weight had been lifted and instantly my confidence grew.
“Now every morning I shave my head to keep it all one length as some hair follicles haven’t been affected by Alopecia.
“But this journey hasn’t been easy and I have struggled with depression.
“Two weeks ago I hit rock bottom when one of my eyebrows began to fall out but thanks to my supportive family and friends I have managed to get myself back on track.
“If my story can give one person hope, then it’s all worth it.”
Juliet’s hair was long and thick before she started noticing bald patched last June.
She added: “I have no idea what triggered my hair loss but it felt like the end of my world when I noticed my first patch.
“I was blow drying my hair for an event and I saw a small circle of hair missing near the front of my head, which looking back on it now seems amusing, as it was so insignificant.
“But it was so traumatic at first and as the weeks passed, the patches got bigger and bigger.
“Like most sufferers of this disease, I was convinced that I wasn’t going to lose it all but I have finally come to terms with what is happening to me
“I used to worry about whether someone would find me attractive without hair but I now know I am still exactly the same person I was before.
“Hair loss is devastating but i will not let it change my outlook on life.
“As a girl, my hair was my crowning glory, without it I am vulnerable and exposed with nowhere to hide. E
“But everything happens for a reason, this has made me much stronger as a person and I am now making it my new found goal in life to help others out there suffering from the same disease by raising awareness for Alopecia.
Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder, which causes the immune system to attack the hair follicles,
Juliet added: “As by fate, my parents were travelling through Istanbul airport in September 2016 and met an amazing woman called Catalina Thiersen.
“In casual conversation, whilst waiting for the same plane, they learned that she was a research doctor with her own company, travelling the world in search of a cure for Alopecia amongst many other auto immune diseases.
“She had a sample bottle in her suitcase and gave them some for me to try with no promise of success.
“I am still a case study for her products and at one stage had some temporary regrowth.
“Catalina is still working on the cure and I believe that one day she will hit the nail on the head.”
Juliet is now raising funds for charity, Alopecia UK, to donate, visit here.