Julie Mahendran

The Story Of My Scalp

Hello beautiful people! I'm back with a new blog entry, and apparently it's been over 2 years since my last post. Well, I have a good reason for getting back to it and I'm excited to share that with you.

I've been updating my website recently, with the most notable update being new photos by the incredible Denise Grant- along with a new look. This new look is a big change, one that is getting noticed and prompting questions- so I wanted to answer those questions here.

Yes, I'm bald now. No I don't have the big C, but kudos to you folks who are coping with that. What I do have is a scarring hair loss condition called lichen planopilaris. The scarring part means that it's permanent- the hair follicles die. It is progressive and started many years ago- a friend saw the back of my head while I was doing my hair and said, "Hey, you have a bald spot!" That spot on my crown kept getting bigger and bigger, along with thinning on top and eventually at the sides too.

Luckily I've always had coarse, curly hair, so even as it got thinner I was able to hide my baldness. But anything that caused my hair to flatten out became the enemy- swimming, hats, rain, wind. And I was starting to catch glimpses of my gleaming scalp in overhead lighting- not cool. So, I decided to take control and get rid of my hair completely.

The trick was to make it look like I could still grow a full head of hair if I wanted to- and that's where scalp micropigmentation came in. Basically, it involves inking your scalp with a whole bunch of tiny dots to simulate the look of hair follicles where you don't have them anymore. I had heard about this procedure a few years ago and I finally decided that it was the answer for me. I also did a lot of research on wigs, but decided I didn't want that to be my only option.

And boy was it the right choice- it's so freeing not have to worry about my hair, or rather the lack of it. And it's low maintenance. I still have wigs to wear for fun or for work, and they generally fit better. Plus I lucked out in the head shape department- no crazy lumps or bumps.

There is another reason why I decided that the timing was right to go bald, and it involved getting a background acting role. I look forward to sharing more about that when I can, until then I'm sworn to secrecy. Where's the fun without a little mystery, right?

Tune in next time when I discuss the pros and cons of razors vs. electric shavers. Kidding! Although I do invite any questions or comments on the topic below.

Much love,

J.

Comments

Thank Arno, I am definitely all about the electric shaver. And I agree with you on the Bics- hmm, I feel another blog post coming on! :) And I just found a bike helmet that I can expand big enough to fit with my favourite hat on. Yay!
you're a heroine! see you soon!
electrics take a long time *where the hair is still thick*.
Since I have a couple three Ph.Ds in the subject, I'll share. About nine months a year I use electric (2 at a time, 1 in each hand). Electric takes *a long time* where the hair. Also, the electrics never get as close as the razors, and don't give the exfoliative refreshment that the razors do. However, the electrics have a single benefit which is the reason I use them more...you never cut yourself, never end up with a frankenstein stream of red running down your scalp when you're running out to work. Be extra slow around ears. Bic razors cut *much more often* than Gilette. Stay away from Bic, all the Bics. About winter cycling, a lycra swimming cap under helmet is what I use.
Thank you for all your comments so far, friends! Your support is truly humbling. And I just got my first bike in years, Arno, so thanks for the timely tip!
Your are stunning, with or without.
You are stunning! I love your new look so much! Thank you for showing so many of us how to just be ourselves and embrace change.
It just allows me to focus more on your amazingly beautiful eyes. You have always been a groundbreaking personality and you have done it again! Love you!
I've known you a long time now and I have to admit hair loss crossed my mind. Its more common for women than people would think. You have always been stunningly beautiful and I am so proud of you for taking control of your hair and your life. I will continue to admire, adore and respect you :-) Hugz Mahendran!
Congrats on the great look! Looking forward to more tunes. Although I loved having hair, shaving my head years ago was much more freeing than the patches I had been left with. Note, bicycling in winter requires *extra measures*!

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