I am Dawn, a lifestyle blogger (Life of a Midlander) who has had alopecia for nearly 22 years. I have Alopecia Areata which has recently started developing towards Totalis. This for me has meant a very drastic change in the way I manage my alopecia because I was always able to cover up with my own hair. From around December I got to the point where I could no longer do this and whilst I would not let it stop me getting out and doing things, it was starting to take over my thoughts. I was constantly checking the position of my hair, thinking that people would judge me for it even though I could see nobody was looking at me and getting upset that I didn’t look like myself anymore. There are a few key incidents which have led me to the point I am at now. After a very negative doctor’s appointment I went into work and burst into tears which meant I ended up telling people about what I have and what I have been going through and the love and support I got was (and still is) phenomenal to me. I had also very recently discovered Alopecia UK and one of the volunteers very kindly agreed to meet up with me and I thought she was amazing. She was so happy and confident and she looked completely natural, meeting her I was meeting an amazing person not an alopecian and I decided that I could be like that; I didn’t have to hide away and be constantly upset at the loss of my hair. It was these two things that led me on to ordering Hipheadwear which I had found through Alopecia UK. I decided I wanted to open up to people about my alopecia so I wasn’t restricted to purchasing a wig that was identical to my natural hair and I wanted something that was going to be comfortable and pretty. It being near Christmas it was party season and I ordered an All Seasons Bandana that went perfectly with the dress I had. The difference it made at the party compared to the others I had been to that month was huge. I had a lot of compliments, even from people that didn’t know and just thought it was part of my outfit and I didn’t shy away or constantly think about it, I could just freely enjoy myself in the conversations and dancing. The next working day I wore a Jersey with a Knot, which people loved and again I just felt so much more comfortable. Since then, my Hipheadwear collection has been growing and I am enjoying being able to express myself with the varieties of style and designs I have.
Through Alopecia UK I even had the opportunity to meet Sabine to do some photos for the website. It was something I went for as I thought it would be interesting and fun to do and I am glad I did because I got to see and try the beautiful range and it was wonderful to meet Sabine who you can tell really cares. I would like to share my experiences with the headwear as I go through my alopecia journey as one of the things that has massively helped me through it all is knowing I am not alone in this. As a blogger, writing posts is my way of being able to help so I am teaming up with Sabine to do regular blog (and possibly vlog) posts of my experiences and these will be available to read from the blog on the Hip Headwear website. If there is anything you would like to read about, you have any questions on what I post or you would like to collaborate with me, please feel free to get in touch.