Roz Purcell has stressed the importance of being honest on social media, after sharing a candid photo of her bald patch on Instagram.
Earlier this week, the 30-year-old told her followers that her hair has been falling out in “clunks” alongside a photo of a bald spot on the back of her head.
Speaking about her decision to share the post on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1, Roz said: “People think I’m stress-free, always hiking and making chickpea scramble. Then they look at my hair and see the stress coming out that way.”
Roz said she first noticed the bald spot back in March, and it quickly made her realise how much she needs to manage her stress levels.
“I’ve always had this motto, even when I was going through disordered eating, no matter how healthy someone is eating, no matter how well they train, if they don’t have a healthy mind – which I don’t sometimes because I get stressed out – it doesn’t really even out,” she said.
“I’m great for getting people outdoors and eating vegetables and cooking in the kitchen, but I’ve never been great at managing my stress. And this is probably the symptom that I need to do that.”
The 30-year-old said she believes more influencers should be using their platform to share “normal” things online.
She said: “Social media can get a bad rap. But there are a lot of pages where you can go on and go away feeling better about yourself.”
“A couple of years ago I felt like going offline because it can be a negative space but I decided with my platform I’d rather be in the room saying something good rather than not there at all.”
“I think people with online platforms should be using them to share normal things. Picture perfect moments are great, but in between sharing things that people can relate to.”
Roz continued: “I have bald patches and hair thinning, I don’t have full alopecia. But it made me realise how hair makes me feel, it’s my security blanket. And losing it has been disheartening.”
“Sharing it on social media, I was nervous about it but so many women offered fantastic advice. It’s such a common thing and it’s not shared on social media enough.”
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