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Utah County girl with alopecia 'dazzles' school's crazy hair day

Utah County girl with alopecia ‘dazzles’ school’s crazy hair day (Photo: Courtesy Wride family)

(KUTV) — It was just a few months ago that Daniella Wride first noticed something was wrong with her 7-year-old daughter Gianessa’s hair.

“I started to brush it, and there was a lot of hair coming out with the brush,” Wride said.

A doctor said Gianessa may have alopeica, an auto-immune disorder that causes hair to fall out. Before her dermatologist appointment arrived a few weeks later, Gianessa had lost all her hair.

“I think I took it harder than she did; I would just bawl and cry sometimes,” Daniella Wride said.

But any sadness has turned into an embracing attitude of Gianessa’s new reality.

“You have two choices," Daniella Wride said. "You can either be sad about it and be miserable, or you can make it into something fun and enjoy it."

When Gianessa’s school announced their annual “Crazy Hair Day”, Gianessa wanted to participate, and she and her mom came up with a dazzling solution.

After a quick trip to the craft section at Walmart, they put dazzling stickers and flowers on Gianessa’s head.

“When I walked in, everyone was crowding me about the jewels,” Gianessa said.

She enjoyed it so much that she says she wants to keep, and add to the designs on her head. She and her mom emphasize they hope their story will give other kids and those with alopecia confidence to embrace their uniqueness.

“You have to teach your kids, life isn’t fair, you have to be able to adapt and change and make it your own,” Daniella Wride said. “Whatever you’re going through, even if it it’s tough, if you have alopecia, still be confident, be yourself, and bald is beautiful.”

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