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Bonding in Baldness: The Beauty of Friendship

September 10, 20159 min
What is the most challenging thing about not having hair?Alopecia is a medical term for baldness, which has several types. For example, Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease where a person's immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair loss.In Helen Phillips' case, she has been bald for 18 years. In her article, "Four Women Bond Over the Beauty of Baldness," she shares her journey of having an immediate bond with women that are bald just like her.Even though many strangers on the street will give compliments to bald women, some people may immediately think a bald woman is ill and act overly sympathetic.What advice does Phillips have for others struggling to adjust to alopecia?She joins HER Radio to discuss the piece she wrote in the New York Times, and she describes her journey living with alopecia and not covering up her bald head.

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