On losing her hair and finding her confidence..
Danielle, 31, who was brought up on the tough Ely council estate in Cardiff began losing her hair at the vulnerable age of 16, and she admits it dealt her self-confidence a huge blow.
She says: “At the time it was bloody hard, it was awful. I remember going to the doctor and he said, ‘I don’t know what’s causing it’ and that was really frightening because I thought I was dying. I was only 16 and kept thinking, ‘hair falls out when you’ve got cancer’.
“It made me really self-conscious for a long, long time – I just lacked any self-esteem. I didn’t realise the effect it would have long-term.
“I lost a lot of hair off the top but, thankfully, I still had a front piece so I could cover it a bit – like a comb-over. It was like a trap door when there was a gust of wind! At the time it was very stressful, but I had great friends and we’d make a joke out of it – that’s the only way to deal with it.
” Although Danielle is still prone to the condition occasionally, she has learnt not to worry about it.
“It doesn’t bother me any more. Now I get the odd little patch – I’ve had one recently – but thankfully it always grows back,” she says. “But alopecia is a difficult problem – no one knows much about it. They say it’s a nervous condition and I’m real worrier. But Gary’s great, he’s very calm and laid-back and I think that helps me not to be so highly strung.
Although Danielle has regained her confidence, her hair loss prevented her from fulfilling her childhood ambition to train as an actor. But she’s determined to do it now, and has taken a course at summer school at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
She says: “It was the best month of my life – apart from when I married Gary, obviously! I was always in plays as a kid, but when I lost my hair, it completely knocke that confidence out of me and it’s taken me years to rebuild it.
“I want to learn the trade and start with theatre to prove that I can do it.”
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