For many people, their self-confidence is wrapped up in their hair, and it’s hard to imagine a life with none. But for Eva Marie Barilo, it’s a reality of life.
Luckily, she has a boyfriend who supports her through her alopecia – as proven by one heartwarming video.
Alopecia is a medical condition that causes hair loss.
The auto-immune condition causes hair to begin to fall out in circular patches, and can even cause those diagnosed with it to lose all their hair.
The condition occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles.
Hair loss can occur on the scalp and in some cases the eyebrows, eyelashes, and face, as well as other parts of the body.
In some cases, the condition can also prevent hair from growing back.
Alopecia can result in complete hair loss, called alopecia universalis, and can prevent hair from growing back entirely.
If/when hair does grow back, it’s possible for the hair to fall out again.
The illness is unpredictable.
Hairloss associated with the condition is unpredictable and research shows that it occurs spontaneously.
However, the extent of hair loss does vary from person to person.
Hair loss and re-growth completely depend on the individual, as the condition affects people differently.
Sadly, there’s no cure.
Although, there are treatments that can aid hair growth and increase the rate in which it grows back, as well as preventing future hair loss.
For example, several over-the-counter medications are available to rub directly onto the scalp, as well as steroid injections for mild forms of the condition.
And, of course, there are also ways to cover up hair loss.
From wigs to headscarves, there are an array of options out there to cover up the hair loss and bald patches.
Although some people prefer to embrace their baldness.
Numerous people with the condition don’t let it stop them and are more than happy to be completely themselves, hair or no hair.
Either way, it’s a completely personal choice!
This is Eva Maria Barilo.
She’s suffered from alopecia for more than a decade.
Sometimes she covers up with wigs.
But for the last few months, she’d been trying to grow out her natural hair once more.
But last week, she had to ask her boyfriend a favor.
Her growing out process wasn’t working, so Eva had to ask boyfriend Damien to shave off her remaining locks.
She filmed the process in a heartbreaking video.
Because after shaving Eva’s head, Damien immediately turned the clippers on himself in solidarity with his girlfriend.
People were incredibly touched.
The gesture was just so kind and loving.
People on Twitter shared similar stories.
It seems to have touched many out there.
This story is particularly adorable.
As was this one.
We’re feeling emotional.
It’s true – Eva looks stunning with or without hair.
We’re just glad she’s found someone to care for her this beautifully.
While the couple are joking during the head shaving …
It’s clear it was a painful moment for Eva.
Which is what made this moment so touching.
And not just for Eva – for us, too!