Hi I'm Andrea R. Harris and 25 years ago my life felt like it was completely shattered. I was diagnosed with “Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)” or as it’s better known as, scarring alopecia, a condition which results in the complete loss of the hair follicle.
After my initial diagnosis, I immediately went into denial. I went to therapy, researched every hair loss expert available, and did everything I could to avoid seeing the conspicuous bald patch forming at the crown of my head. I ended up hiding my bald spot, and confidence, for 19 years.
My emotions were all over the place. They ranged from fear to total defeat. I spent money on numerous vitamins, natural herbs, and consultations with no guaranteed results. Four years ago, I decided I no longer wanted to wear hair weaves and after countless self-help books and group therapy sessions, searching for that magic bullet that would help me to regain my self-esteem and confidence, I decided to take my life back and face my fears head on and learn to fall in love with myself without hair.
I was ready to finally face what I had been running from for years. I was ready to live at peace with myself and finally end the war I had been carrying on the inside of myself for decades. I wanted to know what it would feel like to go an entire second, minute, day, week, and month without criticizing myself or feeling as though I didn’t measure up. I was ready to be FREE.
I decided it was time to look at myself and know that I am still a career woman. I am still a mother. I am still ME. I am still BEAUTIFUL.
And that is where my full transformation began…