bald dollHere’s a nice story from America: a six year-old girl from Massachusetts suffering from alopecia universalis is out on a birthday treat with her mum when she sees a bald doll in a shop window.

She already had one for a Christmas present, but the sight of one actually on display (as opposed to being tucked in a storeroom, or only available from specialist traders) sends her dizzy with joy.

Letter of gratitude

As her mother wrote in a letter to the American Girl doll company:

“She did ask at one point why they (bald dolls) were not on display at the store. I did not have a good answer to give her.

Yesterday, we made our annual birthday celebration with her best friend to the Natick store. On the second floor we hopped off the escalator and there in front of us was a display with doll a without hair! My daughter was ecstatic! Then we saw them in two more spots in the store!

These dolls were not hidden in the back and [did not have] to be asked for. They were there for all to see, especially for my daughter who wondered why they were not out before.

This may feel to your company to be “no big deal”, but to little girls who may feel “alone” and so desperately want to see dolls that reflect their beauty—it means more than you know. I cried many happy tears yesterday.
Thank you so much for including ALL children.”

More than just a bald doll

While a bald doll might seem like no big deal to many, it’s a timely reminder – if we ever needed one – of what a life-affecting condition hair loss can be. All males are aware of the joke potential of hair loss, but those days are fast-receding – no pun intended – for men.

But in far too many cases, it can cause severe psychological issues – particularly for women, and especially for little girls.