AS she runs her fingers through her hair, teenager Jordana Seville very much appreciates having her luscious locks back.
You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at her, but the pretty 19-year-old from Poulton, suffers from alopecia, a condition which causes hair loss.
Eve told her story a year ago, when – for the third time – her hair had started falling out in patches. She cropped her hair short in order to blend the hair loss more easily.
Now the UCLAN student wants to give hope to other sufferers that the condition may come and go over the years, but it’s important to stay positive.
Jordana, who is studying criminology at university, first lost her hair in 2007 and made the brave decision to shave her head, rather than wait for it all to fall out.
She gave it to Locks of Love, a charity which uses donated hair to make hairpieces for children with cancer.
She thought the condition might have gone away, but her hair fell out again in 2008 and again last year.
Jordana said: “My hair started to grow back a couple of weeks after it started to come out and I had it cut short so it would blend in better.
“It took about three months to grow back. It was the third time it had happened. It feels a lot better now to have my hair back.
“When it had fallen out, it just made it harder to do things like popping to the shops or just going out, without having to get ready and everything.
“So I didn’t tend to go out as much.
“It does affect your confidence, but it has grown back and now I’m fine.”
The cause of Jordana’s alopecia is not known and there is not really anything doctors can do.
Alopecia hit the headlines in 2004, when TV personality Gail Porter was struck with the condition and lost all her hair.
It left her completely bald, but last year her hair started to grow back.
The mum-of-one never shied away from talking about the condition and was not afraid to appear in magazines and on TV without a wig or a hat.
Jordana said: “It did raise the profile of alopecia when Gail Porter talked about it. I just hope to get the message across that your hair can grow back.
“It might not, but it’s important to stay positive.
“When you have alopecia, you might feel like everybody is looking at you because of it. But you have to realise, they might not be at all.
“Once I was out and a group of girls were looking at me and I thought it was because of my alopecia.
“But then one of them came over and asked me where I got my dress from as they really liked it.
“So it just shows you, it might be a big thing for you, but it isn’t necessarily for everybody else.”