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Posted On: 29th Oct 2015

Hair Lost

Fixer Ocean Anderson
Ocean shaves her head
Ocean with her sister Azura

Ocean Anderson made the bold choice to shave her own head – and had the process filmed! – to show solidarity with her younger sister and other people with alopecia.

 

The 18-year-old from Witham in Essex says that people with hair loss should not be viewed as different to anyone else.

 

‘I felt that the treatment Azura, my little sister, got from others was awful,' explains Ocean.

 

‘She had a number of problems such as bullying or people coming up to ask if she has cancer.

 

Alopecia is a disease that means you lose your hair. It is often caused because there are too many white blood cells being produced and they see hair as an illness.

 

‘The effects aren’t just physical. It has mental and social effects as well.

 

'No child should suffer bullying because of the way they look. I want to change the way young people perceive appearance.'

 

 

 

 

With Fixers, Ocean made a dramatic film during which she shaves her head while she discusses the need for others to accept and understand the condition.

 

Her sister, Azura, appears at the end to make a final appeal to the audience.

 

You can watch Ocean’s Fixers film ‘SHAVING MY HEAD || Alopecia Awareness’ at the top of this page.

 

‘I shaved my head because I wanted to show people that appearance doesn’t matter,’ explains Ocean. ‘It’s their personalities that count.

 

‘People judge on what they see before they get to know something, and this shouldn’t be the case.’

 

Ocean has aimed the film at people with alopecia who are struggling with their confidence, but hopes to reach a wide audience.

 

She adds: ‘I hope as many people see this as possible.

 

‘I would tell people with alopecia to be strong, they aren’t alone. Those with alopecia are some of the bravest people I have ever met.'

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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