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Imagine within just weeks losing every bit of hair... all over. It's unpredictable and it happens. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that can have a devastating affect on self-image, especially women's. Bald Girls Do Lunch is the only nonprofit created specifically to help women cope, gain confidence and feel a sense of community. Learn more...

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All of our invitations are in PDF format, which requires Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it here.


Documentary Pinkham: Finding Lifelong Passion After Alopecia

September 11th, 2015 by Chassin


Documentary Pinkham: Finding Lifelong Passion After Alopecia

Film “Pinkham” by Cineastas features woman with alopecia in Portland, Oregon.

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Managing The First Year With Alopecia Areata – Christine’s Story

August 31st, 2015 by Chassin


Tackling the first year with ‪#‎alopecia‬ areata head on. How Christine nailed it and told her boss! http://bgdl.org/1LRZA8U

6 Questions for Xeljanz Trial Participant

August 21st, 2015 by Chassin


6 Questions for Alopecia Patient on Xeljanz http://bgdl.org/1Jqgj0J

Alopecia areata patient on Xeljanz talks to Bald Girls Do Lunch alopecia support founder Thea Chassin.

Got Alopecia? Providence, RI: Renew, Refresh, Rejuvenate with BGDL

July 22nd, 2015 by Chassin

Meet Thea Chassin and women with alopecia areata in Rhode Island on August 4, 2015 (or Northern CT August 6)

Not only does our Empowering Alopecia Network  uplift and inspire,  every attendee goes home with a goody bag filled with scarves, beanies and a synthetic wig.

Invitation Details and RSVP HERE

FDA Hearings to Include Alopecia Areata

July 14th, 2015 by Chassin


Alopecia Areata Slated for FDA Hearings http://bgdl.org/1LeuyGa

Bald Girls Do Lunch Announces FDA Hearings on #AlopeciaAreata #alopecia

Southern California Brunch. Invite Friends!

July 11th, 2015 by Chassin


Singer/Songwriter Abby Asistio

Join BGDL founder, Thea Chassin, Abby Asistio and local women of the Bald Girls Do Lunch network for a most special brunch. Abby, a self-described  “traveler, explorer & lover of all things fun, adventurous & beautiful” joins us to share her personal journey with alopecia areata and perform ” Beautiful”.


Advance RSVP required:  1 adult $35, 2 adults $66 and girls 10-18 are $25

We’e giving away free scarves to all and a pink HeadBlade, too, to women or girls with alopecia.

July 18 at 12 pm
Women, teens and tweens – everyone needs to advance register or email rsvp@BaldGirlsDoLunch.org or call 800.578.5332

Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel
4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
We’re dining on the Marriott Rec Room Patio.

Style Night New York

June 18th, 2015 by Chassin


When: June 29, 2015
Where: Private residence, Manhattan

Personal fashion stylist, Donna Blank, knows more ways to tie a scarf than you can count. Whether for your work wardrobe, casual clothes or your head, we’ll get tips and tricks to accessorize with confidence.

RSVP required for this special event.
Admission is complimentary for the first 30 attendees with the generous, anonymous donation of a special BGDL supporter. Great camaraderie, fun and give-aways, too.

BGDL Brow makeup is 10% off at this event or order online and mention “Style” in notes to seller when you check out from June 19-29, 2015.

Personal Space and Smart Fashion

June 9th, 2015 by Chassin

Has your personal space ever felt a little too “personal?”  This year at the Consumer Electronics Show, designer Anouk Wipprecht debuted the Spider Dress.  The spider’s “legs” extend out to protect the wearer sensing threats either based off the breathing patterns of the person wearing it or if someone approaches too quickly.

Sometimes as women with alopecia, we are approached by others who feel it is ok to rub our heads or get in our personal space in a way that isn’t socially acceptable for people with hair, similarly to how people feel it’s ok to rub a pregnant woman’s belly… even if that woman is a complete stranger!

We want to hear from YOU!  Is this concept cool/not cool?  What are your personal experiences?  BGDL wants to educate on this topic and we want to know your experiences!

Fill out the survey HERE.

Remembering Barbara: An Alopecia Hero

April 22nd, 2015 by Chassin

Barbara Strauch

Recently, the world lost an important alopecia advocate, though you
probably never heard of her name. Barbara Strauch directed the Health
coverage since 2004 and Science coverage since 2011 for the New York
Times and was an unparalleled patient advocate.

As a journalist, Barbara sought to bring alopecia areata awareness to
the mainstream, spreading awareness with factual journalism, by
interviewing medical professionals and sharing the truth with the

In a 2010 article, Barbara interviewed Dr. Wilma Bergfield, an expert
on hair disorders, who cleared up some misinformation that had been
spread about alopecia. Specifically, the difference between being “at
risk” for developing alopecia areata and actually having the

“Two percent of the population is at risk of developing alopecia. Of
that group, only 20 percent have alopecia totalis or alopecia
universalis, the rarest form. The disease is frequently associated
with allergies, thyroid disorders and, less commonly, with Crohn’s
disease, Type 2 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.”

Read the complete “Consultant” article from the New York Times here.

From her obituary:

“In the course of her career, Ms. Strauch dealt with subjects as
diverse as space shuttle missions and police shootings, but she said
in the 2009 online piece that ‘sorting out health news is one of the
hardest I have run across, in part because of the hype and — more
alarming — the financial ties and conflicts of interest of many

We will continue to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information
available information to ALL of our lovely ladies present and future in the Bald Girls Do Lunch
community. The world has lost a true journalistic gem, but her legacy
will carry on.