Our “crown and glories” are not the “end all and be all” of our stories. When it comes to hair, and hair loss, so many women hang their heads in shame over something they have no control over. Long before Jada Pinkett Smith brought alopecia to the “Red Table Talk,” Black women for generations have been dealing with the issue, and often suffering in shame. But not anymore. Just like Michael Jordan made being bald sexy, we have a movement of women showing that a shaved head looks good in the femme edition, too.

In honor of Alopecia Areata Awareness Month, we found five beautiful Houston area women showing you all how to hold your heads high and embrace the BEAUTY that GOD allows to bless this Earth.

I have Alopecia Universalis which is 100% hair loss from head to toe. Through my own personal struggle, I discovered that being bald does not define who I am or what I have to offer the world.

I am also the leader of Morgan’s Damn Good Band. Catch us every first Thursday of the month at Phil & Derek’s at 1701 Webster Street in Houston, Texas. You won’t break my soul! – Angela Morgan, Legislative representative, National Association of Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAAF)

“When dealing with alopecia, I hid from the world. Afraid of what they would think of me, what they would say, the harsh words, the diseases they put on my back when it was nothing but hair loss. I just didn’t have hair but they devalued me, leaving me depressed and not beautiful. Oh, but now, I’m out of hiding! I’m outside! And I love me some me! In my beauty, there is none like me.”– Keshia Webb

“I was stabbed in the middle of my head during an attack and the way Ben Taub sewed my wound up, it caused the spread of alopecia. I am not ashamed, I am beautiful. Confidence comes from within, not from this world, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” – Cornetely Barber

“Yes, I have hair loss due to fungus in my body, but it’s all in the same category. I truly love myself. Simply put, everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Renee Ellis

“I have alopecia. It’s hereditary. Me, my mom, my grandma, my great grandma all got it around age 30! I want people to please stop trying to tell people they have a cure for it – to change your diet, exercise, do yoga, meditate, manifest – all of those beliefs. That is the most annoying thing ever! There is NO CURE for hereditary alopecia. Embrace it, and rock whatever style works best for you. Remember, you are beautiful!” – Denise Rivers

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