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.
"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.