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Teacher's Pregnancy Made Her Go Completely Bald In Less Than A Week

A teacher who went bald in less than a week has retrained as a cosmetic tattoo artist to help others cope with hair loss.

Emma Holmes now says she helped thousands of people dealing with alopecia.

Emma herself went through drastic hair loss after a sudden hormone change caused by an ectopic pregnancy made all her body hair fall out in just a few days.

Describing her own experience of the rare hair loss condition as "terrifying," Emma now works as a cosmetic and medical tattoo technician.

Emma tattoos on eyebrows for women who also lost theirs to alopecia.

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As Emma explains, losing her hair was the worst ever period of her life. Much of the work she does now as a tattoo artist at Medicare Cosmetics is to provide psychological and emotional support for people going through what she did.

Said Emma:

"When my hair started falling out I didn't go out of the house for weeks and weeks."
"I just stayed at my parents' home and cried quite literally non-stop, thinking to myself, 'I'm not a bad person, I work hard and treat people kindly – so why has this happened to me?'"

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She added:

"For a woman, losing your hair is absolutely terrible. I know what you go through and it's horrible, so now I want to help other people who are trying to deal with this as much as I can."

For Emma, the onset of alopecia started when she discovered she was pregnant in June 2009. She never thought she could conceive after a burst appendix when she was 16 damaged her reproductive organs.

However, heavy bleeding indicated all was not well. Emma was quickly diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy—a complication that affects roughly one in 80 pregnancies where the embryo is fertilized outside the womb.

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Emma underwent surgery to have one of her fallopian tubes removed—a procedure which sadly cannot save the pregnancy. But just a couple of days later, while staying with her parents, Julie and George, she began to notice some very unexpected side effects.

Emma recalled:

"It was my mum who realized first."
"She looked over at me one day and noticed that there was hair all over my shoulders and on my jumper."
"I thought it seemed odd but didn't think too much about it. Then I got into bath and that's when I realized that something was terribly wrong."

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Washing her hair, Emma was horrified when large clumps of her long brown locks started coming out in her hands. At the time, Emma was working as a substitute teacher at local primary schools.

Emma said:

"It was utterly terrifying. My hair was just coming out in handfuls and I couldn't stop it."

Emma's hair loss carried on for the next few days. Eventually all of the hair on her body—including her eyebrows and eyelashes—was gone, leaving her head entirely bald.

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She recalled:

"I have no words to describe how devastating that is. I was never the sort of person before who was particularly obsessive about my appearance—I'd wake up each morning, put on a bit of mascara and tie my hair up in a ponytail, and that was it."
"But from that day when I looked in the mirror, I didn't see the same person."

Emma was so shocked, she stopped working. She didn't leave the house for four weeks except to visit the doctors to try to find out what was happening to her.

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Blood tests were taken, but no definite answer could be given as to why her hair had fallen out so dramatically and in such a short space of time.

Emma said:

"I never really got an answer."
"The doctors just said that it was probably to do with a sudden change in my hormone levels after they removed my fallopian tube. Knowing that didn't make it any better though."

Feeling embarrassed and self-conscious, Emma thought no man could ever want her looking the way she did. She broke up with her then boyfriend although he still wanted to continue the relationship.

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The only place she felt safe was with her parents, without whom she thinks she wouldn't have survived the ordeal.

Emma explained:

"My mum and dad were wonderful."
"They were both devastated too, but they didn't ever really show it. They were just there for me, and really took care of me when I needed it most."

But after a month of hiding away indoors, Emma knew that it was time to come to terms with the cards life had dealt her.

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After buying a brown synthetic wig—which she says she always wore with a hat for fear of it falling off—she found work as a nanny looking after a six-month-old baby.

The experience was just what Emma needed to get back on her feet. She says her employers—realizing how vulnerable she still was—were incredibly kind to her.

They treated her as part of the family. This helped to restore Emma's confidence.

The occasional negative comment, however, was a reminder of how fragile that confidence was. Though people were mostly very kind to her, it only took one comment to knock her back.

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Emma recalled:

"I remember someone once said something to me about the color of my wig not suiting me. It was just a small throwaway comment but it sent me home crying."

Surfing the internet obsessively for ways of dealing with her new baldness, Emma eventually stumbled across cosmetic tattooing. This technique permanently pigments the skin for various reasons.

In 2011, Emma decided to have eyebrows tattooed where hers had fallen out.

However, the tattooing was done so poorly that Emma was so upset, she tried to wash it off when she got home.

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She said:

"It was terrible and I cried and cried afterwards, thinking to myself, 'I could do a better job than this'."

A natural do-gooder, Emma, who was again without full-time employment, realized this could be an opportunity for her to help others.

Retiring from her job as a teacher for good, Emma enrolled in a six-month training course in 2011 at the Finishing Touches school in West Sussex. Her plan was to become a tattoo technician.

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Since then she has treated thousands of people who come to her for a range of reasons , but who, like her, want something to help restore their self-esteem.

Emma said:

"My clients vary in age from 14 to mid-80s. They all have different stories as to why they come to me for help, but because I've been through it too I can sympathize and feel a solidarity with them."

Eating a fully organic diet and having scalp injections which push a steroid under the skin promoting hair growth, Emma's hair even started to grow back, albeit very finely. She no longer requires a wig.

Emma says that now, after all those years of anguish, she finally feels comfortable in her own skin again.

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She said.

"I tell people who come to me for treatment, 'You will survive this'. I hate the saying 'time is the best healer', but it's really true—things do get better."

A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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