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 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 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.
Although some people prefer to embrace their baldness.
Sometimes she covers up with wigs.
But last week, she had to ask her boyfriend a favor.
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.
@RexChapman Been there before, but with my 6 year old cancer ass kicking daughter https://t.co/J7fBUYcp15— Doug (@Doug)1596064220.0
This story is particularly adorable.
@RexChapman My wife also has suffered from Alopecia since she was 3 years old. During our vows. She commented on my… https://t.co/1VFy8NFuSj— Beanbag Waine (@Beanbag Waine)1596113073.0
As was this one.
@RexChapman My husband buzzed my hair when chemo started to do its thing back in 2002 ... not one moment in our 30… https://t.co/BBr9gFEcjj— Carrie East (@Carrie East)1596063548.0