The faces of alopecia – Jennifer DeFreece, 33, was diagnosed with alopecia totalis when she was a baby. "Being bald isn't the end of the world. It's just a part of your journey," she says.
The faces of alopecia – Lauren Crawford, 29, says after being teased as a teenager because of her alopecia, she never thought she would have a husband or child. Now, she has both. "Having my husband say 'You're beautiful without the wig,' that type of encouragement made me start looking at myself thinking, 'Yeah, you're right -- I am!' "
The faces of alopecia – Vanessa McWilliams says she previously wore her wigs for 12 hours a day, seven days a week: "Since I turned 30, now's a good time to change. I'm going to walk the walk. My goal is to be proud and bald because that's realistically who I am."
The faces of alopecia – McWilliams turned her own diagnosis into an entrepreneurial venture: She now runs a mobile wig and hair accessory service for women and children who are suffering from hair loss.