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- A teenager with alopecia makes light of her condition in her TikTok videos.
- Hayden Montross from Atlanta, Georgia has 147,000 followers on the app because of her candid comedy videos about being bald.
- In a recent video, Montross dances to an overlay of “Baguettes in the Face” by Mustard, and runs through the “perks of dating a girl w/ alopecia,” like having no body hair, taking little time to get ready, and having no hair to get into her partner’s face.
- Montross told Insider she started her account as a way to cope with alopecia herself, but also to reach out to those like her, or anyone with insecurities.
- “[I wanted to] just let them know that they’re not alone and should try to embrace themselves for who they are and make the most light out of dark situations,” she said.
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Hayden Montross, a teenager with alopecia, made a TikTok that runs through all the advantages of dating someone with no hair.
Montross, who is 17 from Atlanta, Georgia, has 147,000 followers on TikTok, which she has built up from her comedic videos about being bald. She told Insider she started her account as a way to cope with alopecia herself, but also to reach out to those like her, or anyone with insecurities.
“[I wanted to] just let them know that they’re not alone and should try to embrace themselves for who they are and make the most light out of dark situations,” she said.
In a recent video, Montross dances to an overlay of “Baguettes in the Face” by Mustard, and runs through the “perks of dating a girl w/ alopecia.”
The first advantage is no body hair, so that cuts down time because she doesn’t need to shave, she says.
Also, as she has no hair on her head, there’s no chance of it getting in her boyfriend’s face when they cuddle.
“I don’t take as long to get ready,” the third caption says, as Montross mimes brushing hair that isn’t there.
Finally, she said she gets free food a lot. In the comments, several people explained this is because alopecia patients are often assumed to be cancer patients.
Montross addressed this in another video, where she said she’s always getting stared at and asked by strangers whether she has cancer.
Montross told Insider she started wanting to spread awareness of alopecia in middle school because she became known as “the bald girl,” which she found quite annoying.
“I tried posting on Instagram a summary of my story with alopecia which got the attention of my classmates and eventually got the word out,” she said. “However, any time I’m in public I’m often stared at because not a lot of people know about alopecia, so anytime they see a bald girl out in public it’s probably a little surprising.”
In the hundreds of comments on her TikTok videos, both people with alopecia themselves or those who know someone with it praise Montross for her candid attitude.
Others are simply there for Montross’ humor, and compliment her on how much she suits being bald, and how not having to shave body hair is “goals” and pretty enviable.
“Wait free food?” one person wrote. “I think we are getting married.”
Montross, who started losing her hair at 5 years old, clearly doesn’t see having no hair as a downside, and rarely posts on TikTok and her Instagram page in wigs. It looks like she’d rather embrace her natural self, even if that means constantly applying suntan lotion, as she notes in one video.
“My goal is to just teach more people about alopecia and its pros and cons because alopecia isn’t a very common thing, so most people are unfamiliar with it,” she told Insider. “Once I started my TikTok I’ve gotten a lot of support from it.”
She said she constantly receives messages from people telling her she’s helped them find confidence and be accepting of themselves.
“Every one at my school thinks it’s really cool that I’ve managed to get the word out there,” she said. “And my family is also super supportive of me, and all of that has really encouraged me to keep posting, because I think it’s incredible that I can reach out to so many people and inspire them.”