Brave, Bald, and Beautiful: Sierra Leone’s finest women

Ajara Williams
Ajara Williams
Nketti Johnston Taylor
Nketti Johnston Taylor
Kadiatu Kamara
Kadiatu Kamara
Annis Williams
Annis Williams

If I had a dollar everytime a woman complimented my bald head I would probably be rich. However their flattering words to me are usually followed by something negative they say about themselves. They either say they don’t have the face to go bald or that they don’t have the confidence.

I try in my own small way to affirm them, and to let them know that going bald is less about looks and more about self acceptance. The first time I saw myself without any hair at all, I could not recognize myself in the mirror. I would sneak off to the bathroom to stare back at my reflection over and over again. To be honest, I didn’t like what I saw initially. My eyes had been so conditioned to seeing myself with hair that the new no hair me was alien. I even thought I looked a little bit alien.

Since I couldn’t make the hair come back just then, I basically looked at the mirror and said, “hmm, so this is me hunh?” And a small voice inside said, “yes, this is you!”. I looked long and hard at me, and I decided hair or not I loved me. I decided I was beautiful, and resolved to rock the heck our of my baldie no matter what.

Three years later and I am still going, bald, and strong. From time to time I have let it grow into a mini afro, a mohawk, and I’ve even grown it enough to have my hair in braids. No matter what, I always  seem to settle down on bald.

This is it for me, and for a growing number of Sierra Leonean women too. My TL has been flooded with photos of beautiful bald sisters in arms. So check out these sexy GoWomen, the brave, and the bald. The one thing they all have in common besides their shaven heads, is that these women are all very strong, and oh so confident.

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