This little girl with alopecia celebrates "crazy hair day" in the best way

7-year-old Gianessa Wride may be bald, but she just celebrated her school's "crazy hair day" like a boss.

The little girl has alopecia, an auto-immune disease that causes her hair to fall out. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, the disease affects nearly 6.6 million people in the United States alone. Currently, there is no cure.

Gianessa was diagnosed with the disease only recently, in January. "I was brushing Gianessa's hair, and it just fell out. Then I noticed a quarter-sized bald spot on her head," her mom Daniella said to Yahoo Beauty.

Daniella, a nurse, made an appointment with the dermatologist -- but before they even saw the doctor, all of Gianessa's hair had fallen out.

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Hey everyone, so we went to the doctors for Gianessa today. She has been diagnosed with alopecia areata. It is an auto-immune disease. She had the stomach flu about 1 1/2 weeks before she started losing her hair. The doc said that her body wanted ao badly to fight that virus that it got a little to excited and created antibodies again her hair as well. He said that the pattern in which her hair is falling out, mainly referring to along the hairline in front by her forehead, means she may not ever really grow it back. Also, she has had eczema, which apparently is linked in some way, but I need to look more into that. There is no cure or medication she can take. They can do pill steroids, but once she stops taking them the hair falls out again. Also, they can do steroid injections into the scalp. Neither of these options sits well with Tyler and I so for now we will embrace her new fabulous look. Her asthma has been acting up lately and he immplied that she maybe allergic to dogs or cats or something else now. And if her asthma acts up it sends signals to her body to try and fight something, which in turn aggravates the hair loss. She is still her beautiful, sassy, smart, loving, kind self. And I'm excited to embrace this and have fun trying new things with her. This girl is fierce and brave, way more so than I could have ever imagined. I love her more than anything. #alopecia #alopeciaareata #brave #baldisbeautiful #nohairdontcare #youthinkyourehavingabadhairday

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"We had a stressful year, with both my husband and me out of work. We also had moved from Tennessee to Utah to live with my husband's parents, and six weeks after we arrived, my mother-in-law passed away, " said Daniella. Severe stress is thought to contribute to alopecia.

Gianessa's family decided to not pursue injectable treatments because of the risks. And since wigs make her head itch, the family had to get creative. "So we're making bald fun and fashionable," said Gianessa.

For her school's "crazy hair day" -- which was later changed to "crazy head day" -- Daniella bedazzled Gianessa's head with stickers and rhinestones. To culminate the look, Gianessa sported colorful Christmas earrings.

That's not all. Slowly, the little girl is becoming more comfortable with her disease. When Gianessa is confronted about her disease, she responds purely, "my body doesn't like my hair", her mom said.

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