Name: Kellie Scott
Type of Alopecia: Androgenic alopecia
First diagnosed: 2017, aged 31. Hair loss began at 27.
Instagram: Hairloss Boss (@hairlossboss)
If you’re a part of the online hair loss community, chances are you’re familiar with Kellie Scott and the wonderful content she shares through her instagram platform @hairlossboss.
For those who don’t know Kellie, she is a 35-year-old wig-wearing journalist based in Brisbane specialising in sex and relationships reporting.
If you’ve been recently been diagnosed with alopecia Kellie suggests following all the social media accounts of people who openly talk about their hair loss. “The more you expose yourself to people in that community, the quicker it becomes normalised. I’ve been a part of the hair loss online community for several years now and my hair loss does not affect me whatsoever!” Kellie said. “It’s no big deal, just a part of my life. They are also great people to reach out to for advice.”
Something that Kellie has learnt since her diagnosis is “some of the things I used to feel shameful about, like hair loss, were purely a result of society’s unrealistic beauty standards and the expectation on women to be beautiful.”
Kellie never really loved her hair and enjoys changing her look up every day with different wigs. “I don’t have bad hair days – I wear wigs! And honestly I wish I discovered them years before my hair loss even began” said Kellie about managing her bad hair days.
As a journalist who specialises in sex and relationships we asked Kellie how to mention hair loss on a first date. “You may not feel the first date is the right time, or you may even want to let them know in text before you even go on your first date. There is no wrong timing” said Kellie.
Kellie’s advice is to remember these three things:
- The person should feel honoured you are sharing something vulnerable about yourself with them. It’s a privilege. If they can’t respect that – red flag.
- I consider sharing something vulnerable like hair loss or hair wearing as a great test of character. If that person responds in a positive way, you know you’re onto someone worth seeing again. If they don’t, well, they’ve saved you wasting any more of your time.
- It’s only as big of a deal as you make it. Likely, this person has little experience with hair loss or hair wearing. So they’ll take your lead. I like to just casually mention my wig-wearing to people and honestly, it’s no biggy.
Kellie’s alopecia support team includes the entire hair loss community who she converses with online and in person, and her partner. “We (hair loss community) have regular hair loss meet-ups in Brisbane and they are so fun. Such an awesome bunch of babes” said Kellie. “My partner is also a wonderful support – mainly for putting up with my wigs lying all over the house.”
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