Being a 24 year old girl that enjoys socialising, going out and of course, partying! I knew that camping at a festival for 4 days was going to be a hard thing to do, given that I couldn’t wash my hair and that it would be extremely windy in an open field!
For weeks before the festival I trolled the internet for ‘festival hair ideas’. But, of course, most of the fashionable styles were the classic messy buns or french plaits. Two styles which I couldn’t do without my alopecia being on show; something that I was not prepared to do. I decided that it was up to me to find a style that would discreetly hide my patches and one that wouldn’t ruin my weekend.
The first day or two were fine, as I was able to keep my hair down and just use dry shampoo. But, as you can imagine, after day two my hair started to get greasy and separate, leaving me with the situation I had been dreading. My patches were on full display.
I was extremely lucky that all of my camp mates were understanding, and, after a good hour of disguising, a bandanna, dozens of clips, a tonne of hair spray (and a little glitter!) I was able to go out for the first time in years with my hair UP!!
At first I felt really nervous and was constantly pulling at it, making sure that there was no sign of the patches. After a while, and a few reassuring words from my friends I started to feel more comfortable with myself and, excuse the pun, was able to ‘let my hair down’ a little.
Another method of disguise that I used over the weekend and LOVED was my snap back! It was such a blessing. I was able to get up in the morning, not spend ages doing my hair, just pop it on and go. I was so comfortable as I knew that there was no way of my patches being on show, and I still felt that I looked like a traditional festival goer. This would definitely be one of my top suggestions for festival disguise, as well as the traditional Glastonbury style Poncho! This was perfect as it had a hood that I could pop up and feel super confident under!
There is no way that I would have gone to a festival a few years ago. I couldn’t even leave my house without extensions in my hair, but now, I have more confidence and it felt great to really get into the festival spirit and not let my alopecia get in the way!
If there is something that you want to do, I would say, do it! I have learnt over the past few months that alopecia shouldn’t stop me from living my life. I had the best weekend, with the most amazing people and I made memories that will last me a lifetime. Memories that I wouldn’t of made if I had of let my alopecia get the better of me. No-one can ever truly understand what you are going through or how you are feeling, but a few kind words and a little encouragement from your friends can go a long way.