Seven-year-old girl with alopecia dazzles on 'crazy hair day'

Gianessa on crazy hair day.
Gianessa on crazy hair day.  

When seven-year-old Gianessa Wride heard it was "crazy hair day" at school, she didn't want to be left out of the fun.

So the little girl, who has alopecia, and her mum raided the craft section at Walmart, coming up with a stunning - and very sparkly - solution.

Sharing pictures of their final, jewel-studded efforts to Instagram, Daniella Wride, of Utah, wrote,"It's crazy 'head' day today! #youthinkyourehavingabadhairday."

Since being diagnosed with alopecia areata earlier this year, an autoimmune disease characterised by hair loss, Gianessa and her family have been embracing her "new fabulous look", in a number of different - and indeed very fabulous - ways.

"You have to teach your kids, life isn't fair, you have to be able to adapt and change and make it your own," Ms Wride told KUTV. "Whatever you're going through, even if it it's tough, if you have alopecia, still be confident, be yourself, and bald is beautiful."

There is no cure or medication she can take, Ms Wride told friends and family, adding, "They can do pill steroids, but once she stops taking them the hair falls out again. Also, they can do steroid injections into the scalp."

Sharing that neither of these options "sits well" with herself or her husband, Ms Wride explained that they've decided to embrace their little girl's new look instead - just like Gianessa has.

"She is still her beautiful, sassy, smart, loving, kind self," Ms Wride wrote of her daughter. "And I'm excited to embrace this and have fun trying new things with her. This girl is fierce and brave, way more so than I could have ever imagined. I love her more than anything."

For more information on alopecia visit:The Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation