WHLP – Behind The Scenes Photoshoot

by admin on November 26, 2016

Women's Hair Loss Project BTSI’m way over due for life updates. Forgive me, this year went zip zip. I will be back with more on me.

This past week, while everyone was prepping their Thanksgiving day dinner, I met up with a group of amazing people to start a project towards de-stigmatizing hair loss and hair wearing for women. As odd as this may sound, through hair loss I have found love and friendship, I have found a greater self acceptance of myself that I never knew I could ever achieve, and the ability to connect with others who are like me. I have found the perfection in imperfection, mostly 😉

The day of the photoshoot, I woke up with a major rosacea breakout. Perfect skin the day prior and the day of it looked like Mike Tyson punched me in the face, I was swollen with a rash all over my face. I was icing my face at 4am. The photoshoot began at 7am. This on the heels of already accepting I wasn’t going to be whatever vision of scale perfection I had in mind, thanks to my new anti depressant keeping my body in a fluffier state. Lights, camera… holy crap, but a lot of time, planning, effort and money went into this and I wasn’t going to back out. The old (younger version) of me would have totally backed out and flushed it all down the drain (I’ve grown leaps and bounds), but jacked up face and all I knew this wasn’t about me. This was about helping women, it didn’t matter what was going on, on my physical being, that reality was more important… by far.

The amazing makeup artist was able to conceal my redness, and the swelling did come down, but my face was itching throughout the day, it wasn’t a walk in the park for me.  As my girlfriend told me, I guess this was god putting you to the test again, to show you your strength. I’ll buy that. My face held up for the 12 hour shoot, upon arriving home my face was cooked. Literally. Cooked. Laying in bed that night I thought, omg… if I could get through the day dealing with that I could probably pretty much deal with anything, seriously. I’m still applying skin ointment to my flaking and itchy face as I type this.

If we keep our heads down, if we hide ourselves away we will miss the beauty and opportunities that surround us, even amidst our daily struggles. Last Nov, I was a part of a Follea photoshoot that was aimed at presenting video tutorials on wearing hair. Through that day I became incredible friends with Follea’s stylist, Sophie. I came in that day to wear some hair on camera, and I left with a sister. I win. Hair loss … loses. Point for Y! We’ve had quite the year and ride together, it’s been amazing… a unique friendship of a person wearing wigs (ahem) and a person who doesn’t, but fully “gets it” implicitly and has a passion for helping women, has offered up some rather interesting life scenarios… a friendship match that could only be made in hair [loss] heaven.  That day I also met an fantastic photographer, it was kismet.  Nearly one year later, we all stood in a studio (with my rosacea face) creating work to help provide hope to women dealing with hair loss.

I put together a behind the scenes clip for you to all enjoy. Many thanks to Alex Hafner for his production skills, talent, and passion.

P.S. If you ever wonder what I’m up to, you can always check out my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/womenshairlossproject/

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ileana November 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

You look fabulous! I loved one of your earlier wigs as well. I’m not sure that I’d be able to wear one, since I sweat so much and am afraid that I’ll clog my follicles even more. However, you mentioned an alternative.

I, too, have rosacea and thinning hair since I was 13. It’s been such a battle, so I can relate. I do PRP and it’s quite costly I’m afraid. I also bought an expensive laser cap that I can use at home. While I’ve seen some improvement, it is quite slight and now that I’m going through perimenopause, it’s definitely getting worse.

I’m at my wit’s end. Everybody seems like they have such beautiful, thick hair on TV and despite my age, I still feel bad about myself, even though of course, I realize that what I have is a medical disorder just like many others.

Thank you for all of your sage advise and effort to help relieve the stigma of this condition.

If you have any suggestions on specialists to see and treatments to try, including cosmetic solutions, kindly share it with me.

Many blessings always!

Beth December 1, 2016 at 11:38 pm

Bless you for wonderful writing and helping women with hair loss. I am so happy for you in your self-acceptance!

fatima December 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

It s amazing too ses the path tou have done and all the struggle you overcome, saying good bye to my hair has been the most difficlt thing I have to face.
I have curly hair and i am consodering wearing a wig but i would like something close to my natural hair. It would be amazing if Follea could develop a curly range, if you could mention this to the follea stylist, it would tremendously help us !! Thanks a lot?

BW December 3, 2016 at 5:47 am

First off, sorry about your skin! I hope you are healing up. Second, oh SNAP on that shorter length! Love the length, love the color and love the styling! Winning for sure on that one! LOVE! And congrats on finding such a wonderful Silver Lining in Sophie. It’s amazing what positive things can come from negative. Everything for a reason I suppose….. I have always been grateful for the small army of Hair Warriors I have met because of my hair loss. Who knew hairloss could bring such gifts? What a strong and amazing bunch we are. Now keep rocking that new wig. Love, -B

M December 19, 2016 at 10:00 am

Hi Y,

I was at Dr. Greco’s office on 11/29, and as he stepped into the room to begin my PRP treatment, he smiled and said, “guess what! The head of the Women’s Hair Loss Network was in the other room just finishing up her treatment” and I said “Y!” just about freaked out. It basically took everything for me to not leap out of the seat to pop over and say hi (though I’m sure that would’ve really freaked you out and seemed semi-stalkerish).

Truth be told, you’ve been a hero to me on this hair loss journey (the other hero being Lauren from On the Corner of Hope & Mane), and I can’t believe that I was this close to actually meeting you. Without my hair loss heroes, the old me would’ve been slinking around, hoping to disappear. Now, there’s not much that phases me, and I’m in love with my hair toppers for their convenience, and for bringing me back to life. (Oh, and I love PRP too!)

Thank you for all that you do, and merry Christmas!

You look beautiful in the new video, as always!



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