Emsworth woman to brave head shave after alopecia diagnosis


A woman who found out she was losing her hair has decided to shave it off – and donate it to charity.

Rebecca Rogers, of North Street, Emsworth, said her hairdresser found a bald patch the size of a 5p piece during a hairdressing appointment.

“I consulted my doctor who then diagnosed alopecia areata, caused by a recent miscarriage,” said Rebecca.

“Living with the condition wasn’t easy at first.

“For a woman, loosing your hair is like losing a bit of your personality. Hair defines a person. I’ve always been proud of my long, thick hair and losing it was very hard to deal with.”

However, Rebecca has decided to join Macmillan’s Brave the Shave campaign and will be holding a fundraising event at Tanique Hair and Beauty Salon in Westbourne, with a tombola, raffle and cake stall.

Rebecca said she will also be donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or alopocia.

She aded: “Being an adult and having hair loss is hard but I couldn’t imagine being a child going through cancer treatment or having alopecia. Giving my hair to a child who needs it is the best gift I can give.”

All proceeds will go to Macmillan. The event takes place from 9am to 4am on October 24, at Tanique Beauty Salon in Westbourne Road.

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