It’s a show of selfless love that has millions reaching for tissues.
Eva Bari is one of the hundreds of millions of people worldwide afflicted with alopecia, a condition that causes some or complete hair loss, often creating bald patches. As a result, the French law student from Monaco has periodically taken to buzzing her head following stints of hair growth.
Most recently, she asked her boyfriend to lend a hand with the job, and filmed the shearing for social media.
The footage shows Bari seated as her partner tenderly and meticulously shaves her strands down to her scalp, taking several minutes to do the job thoroughly. At times, she seems visibly distraught, and at others, stoically resigned to her condition.
But it’s the twist ending, wherein Bari’s lover turns the clippers onto his own head, that is tugging at the internet’s collective heartstrings.
After months growing my #hair for the first time in 10 years I had to ask my #boyfriend to #shave my #head again… first time was my granddad.
♬ Just the Way You Are – Boyce Avenue
The video she posted to TikTok back in May has since exploded on Twitter thanks to viral-video purveyor Rex Chapman, who helped launch the clip into internet fame after tweeting the footage on Wednesday. Now the video has been watched some 4.3 million times on the social platform, along with some 950,000 views on TikTok.
“More tissues please. More,” said comedian Kathy Griffin in response to Chapman’s post.
“This is a really good one,” added Ben Stiller.
The post on Twitter also saw several supporters come forward to share their own stories of hair loss and illness.
“I’ve been bald for close to 20 years bc of #alopecia,” wrote follower @meliza_q. “I wear a wig most of the time but there are days I don’t. My hope is for everyone to find a person like this gal (and I) found. Someone who makes you feel like a queen.”
“Been living with it for 16 years,” replied @MrsHBG. “Women don’t have to have hair to be beautiful.”
Female pattern hair loss, including that caused by alopecia, will appear in an estimated 40% of women over the course of their lifetime, according to dermatologic researchers. And while the emotional toll of hair loss on women in particular has been well-documented, more recently, many have come forward to support and empower their peers, talking openly about their condition and even embracing the beauty of baldness.
Among them, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley made her alopecia known to the world earlier this year — through a video, produced by the Root, showing the bald congresswoman without a wig for the first time.
“This is my official public reveal,” she says to the camera. “I’m ready now because I want to be freed from the secret and the shame that that secret carries with it. And because I’m not here just to occupy space — I’m here to create it.”
She adds, “I am making peace with having alopecia. I have not arrived there. I am very early in my alopecia journey, but I’m making progress every day. And that’s why I’m doing this today. It’s about self agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance.”
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