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Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS Daily Post Chief Reporter

TEN years ago, Brittany Hardaker would never have stepped foot outside her front door without going to extreme lengths to hide her "shameful" secret.

Large hair bands, hats and tonnes of hairspray became her best friends after being diagnosed with alopecia at the age of 12.

But as she lost more and more of her hair, the following decade would see her cruelly taunted by bullies who would rip wigs off her head and call her cruel names such as "baldilocks," and tell her she looked like a man.

The knock-on effect saw her move schools four times, unable to maintain relationships and she lacked the confidence to be herself.

Until now. As September marks Alopecia Awareness Month, Brittany has bravely spoke out about her struggles after posting images of herself on Facebook wearing a range of different wigs - and even one without.

The 22-year-old from Abergele said: "There was a time I would never ever ever leave the house without my hair, never take a photo if it was obvious I wore a look at me.

"You have to make the best of a bad situation, and I certainly do that with all these different styles and colours.

"I wanted to use Facebook to show people my amazing wigs that have helped me with my confidence over the last 10 years.

"I'm also celebrating being a bald bomb ass bitch for 10 years now."

Last year, we reported how mum-of-one, Brittany was supported by wig specialist and hairdresser, Rebecca Morgan, who helped give her the strength to embrace her condition.

Rebecca, who runs Morgan's hair salon in Prestatyn and is an official NHS supplier of wigs for hospital patients , even approached the Little Princess Trust who donated a real hair piece.

It was at the salon that Brittany featured in a heart wrenching video in which she admitted what it's like to live with the condition.

In it, she said: "The bullying got worse to the point where I had to move schools several times.

But speaking out again now, Brittany said: "Right now, I am feeling amazing, I still get my anxiety through the roof most days, but then I remember how far I've come and believe I'm strong, with or without hair."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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