A teenager who lost most of her blonde hair to alopecia has shaved off the rest to raise money for Alopecia UK.
Alice Frost, 15, realised she had alopecia about nine months ago when her hairdresser found a small bald patch. It grew from the size of a five pence piece until she had lost nearly two thirds of her long hair.
Despite initially being devastated, Alice bravely faced school and has not hidden away from life. She found helpful advice and support by logging on to the Alopecia UK website and now she is raising money for the charity.
She said: “At first it was just awful as I’ve never been the most confident person anyway. I was really nervous about going back to school after the summer holiday wearing hats, but luckily everyone has been brilliant and really supportive."
“I had enough of looking down and seeing hair on my pillow and in the shower, so I decided to shave it off instead and raise some money at the same time. I see it as a new start and I love my new wig.”
Alice has already raised over £1,500 for Alopecia UK.
She is now undergoing treatment and remains hopeful that her hair will grow back, but for now is wearing a wig.
She added: “People just don’t seem to know what alopecia is and I want to speak out to make people aware of it and also offer reassurance to other girls who may be affected by it – to show them that it is possible to cope and there is life after hair.”
To sponsor Alice please visit www.justgiving.com/Alice-Frost0