For more than 10 years, Kylie Bamberger has been bald due to alopecia. She's not one to hide her autoimmune disease, though. When she got married last year, she didn't slip on a wig or fancy hat. Instead, she proudly showed off her hair loss. A recent #tbt she posted on Instagram from her wedding day brought attention to her story.
Although some women plan their wedding hairstyle for months and have stylists do several trial runs, the 27-year-old knew she didn't want to have to deal with any of that. “There was no way I was going to wear a wig at my wedding,” she told Inside Edition. In the past, she found them to be like wearing a beanie in the middle of summer — uncomfortable, hot, and sweaty. Plus, Bamberger hasn't worn a wig for five years, and she wasn't about to start on the day she was getting married. Instead, the bride with alopecia chose comfort, confidence, and a beaded headband.
Before Bamberger was a bride with alopecia, she started losing her hair when she was 12. Tiny bald spots started appearing on her head. However, it wasn't until three years later when her hair started coming out in noticeable clumps. In a week's time, she couldn't even put her hair in a ponytail, according to Health.com. So Bamberger did what anyone would do in response to hair loss: she wore hats and wigs. They made her feel somewhat normal but the wigs, in particular, irritated her. In college, she reached a breaking point. “Just walking across campus, it would be so hot that I would take my hair off and dry it under the blow dryers in the women’s bathroom because I would sweat underneath it," she told Health.com. "That was my lifestyle.” Then, one day, putting on her wig before leaving for class slipped her mind, and in that moment, Bamberger decided to embrace her baldness.
In a recent Instagram video, she put it perfectly, "When I lost my hair, I was so focused on what I had lost that I hadn't necessarily focused on what I had gained. I gained the ability to finally love myself." This inspiring message has been watched 81,761 times — and counting. Bamberger proves that we all are so much more than our hair, and without it, you can still celebrate milestones — while looking completely gorgeous.
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