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.

14 comments

  • Arno
    Arno
    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*!

    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*!

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    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!

    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!

  • David Wilson
    David Wilson
    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!

    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!

  • Q
    Q
    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.

    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.

  • Nancy Goldstein Knapp
    Nancy Goldstein Knapp
    Your are stunning, with or without.

    Your are stunning, with or without.

  • Julie
    Julie
    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!

    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!

  • Arno Lowi
    Arno Lowi
    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.

    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.

  • Arno Lowi
    Arno Lowi
    electrics take a long time *where the hair is still thick*.

    electrics take a long time *where the hair is still thick*.

  • billyzee
    billyzee
    you're a heroine! see you soon!

    you're a heroine! see you soon!

  • Julie
    Julie
    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!

    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! smile And I just found a bike helmet that I can expand big enough to fit with my favourite hat on. Yay!

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    Thanks for the chat after the show at the Grand last night, so inspirational for women with hair loss! #baldisbeautiful

    Thanks for the chat after the show at the Grand last night, so inspirational for women with hair loss! #baldisbeautiful

  • Tracey Szarka
    Tracey Szarka Waterloo, ON
    Just enjoyed Classic Albums Live in Burlington last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Was curious about the musicians (and your look!) and found your blog. Kudos on your bold and inspiring decision! I DID have the big C a couple of years ago and sported the same style (also lucked out in the cranium department), and I agree - very freeing, low maintenance, and I really got used to it! My hair has grown back (the chemo perm is growing out), and I’m glad of it, but I do once in a while miss the freedom and the feel of my scalp en plein ;-). Thank you for your story and your music!

    Just enjoyed Classic Albums Live in Burlington last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Was curious about the musicians (and your look!) and found your blog. Kudos on your bold and inspiring decision! I DID have the big C a couple of years ago and sported the same style (also lucked out in the cranium department), and I agree - very freeing, low maintenance, and I really got used to it! My hair has grown back (the chemo perm is growing out), and I’m glad of it, but I do once in a while miss the freedom and the feel of my scalp en plein ;-). Thank you for your story and your music!

  • Julie Mahendran
    Julie Mahendran
    Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your story, Tracey! You are the truly inspiring one and I'm so happy to hear you've come through with flying colours. And to be able to share the joy of music is a wonderful thing, so glad you enjoyed the show. All the best!

    Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your story, Tracey! You are the truly inspiring one and I'm so happy to hear you've come through with flying colours. And to be able to share the joy of music is a wonderful thing, so glad you enjoyed the show. All the best!

  • M Belford
    M Belford Toronto
    Julie you are lovely, hair or not, and I have in fact, envied your lovely shaped noggin. Its just right.

    Julie you are lovely, hair or not, and I have in fact, envied your lovely shaped noggin. Its just right.

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