A couple of years back, a singer named Abby Asistio surfaced and embraced baldness as she breaks free from her condition Alopecia Areata. She reminded me of Sinead. As I read through her ordeal, I wondered what it was like for her growing up with that condition.
Diagnosed with alopecia areata since the age of four, an autoimmune condition characterized by the loss of hair due to damaged hair follicles, Abby had to contend and overcome various physical, emotional and psychological obstacles.
She shares with us how she struggled through basic education wearing a wig and how she was singled out during a Soiree with no one approaching her to dance.
At that age, I imagined how Abby endured all the hardship.
In 2012 as earlier mentioned, with much grace and courage, she went public with her condition and shaved her head. Her message was loud and clear: It’s fine to be bald and beautiful. Her message was received with loud cheers of praise and her life has never been the same since that fateful day.
Fate proved otherwise, as she embraced the reality of being hairless. Abby was approached by Nutramedica Inc. in March of 2013 to have her try a product. With no promises on hand and nothing to lose, Abby agreed.
Today, Abby proudly shows off her head with its short hair, like a child showing off a prized toy. “It has consistently been growing longer these past two years. My hair is significantly thicker now and I could already style it in different ways, even without having to wear wigs, turbans, and other hair accessories,” she shares with an obvious gleam of joy in her eyes. Abby quickly reveals her secret: Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss.
She further shares her elation the first time she went to a salon and how she was pampered with her hair being washed.
Having alopecia is a huge part of Abby’s life journey and after successfully recovering from it, she has made it her mission to help others afflicted with the same condition. She started by putting up the first support group in the country – Alopecia Philippines, which aims to spread awareness about the condition and at the same time, inspire and motivate those with alopecia to become more secure and comfortable in their own skin.
As of now, the group’s online Alopecia Philippines Facebook group counts around 300 members from all over the country. There are those who are afflicted with alopecia themselves and some are their family members or loved ones. “People share stories there, share experiences, post inquiries as well as words of encouragement to help those in the group,” Abby states.
The group has already lined up a number of activities and campaigns for the year, especially during Alopecia Awareness Month come September, including a planned Alopecia Weekend Boot Camp and awareness concert. They also hope to formalize the organization before the year ends to do more for those with alopecia in the country.
“It’s never easy,” Abby says about living with alopecia. “But remember, you are not alone. People around you love and care for you, and accept and appreciate you for who you are. Look for someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, people to laugh about your journey and hair stories with,” Abby further shares.
Intimate Session with Abby
Yesterday, Novuhair hosted an intimate lunch at Runner’s Kitchen in Quezon City with a few online influencers and Abby engaged us with courage beyond words.
Novuhair: Nature’s Answer to hairloss
Novuhair’s Marketing team were on hand to answer technical questions such as whether Novuhair is safe for children or not. They shared that Novuhair recommended for use on kids 12 years old and above.
And on the query if it’s safe for use on pregnant and lactating mothers, their reply was: Although Novuhair is safe since it’s made from all natural ingredients, They don’t recommend the use of the product as it may be blamed for pre-existing condition or a condition from other elements used at the time in question.
The team also shared that Novuhair was recently awarded Medicated Hair Care Brand of the Year for the fourth consecutive year at the Watsons Health, Wellness and Beauty (HWB) Awards 2015.
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