News & events

News

 

August 2013

THE INTERVIEW

Joanna Rowsell

      Cycling World champion, Joanna Rowsell came to public attention at last year's Olympic Games as both a victorious athlete and an inspiring female when she proudly collected her gold medal with an extraordinarily breezy attitude to her hair loss. 24, beautiful and successful...TANGLED had to talk to her.

 

Who or what inspires you?
      I have always been inspired by watching the Olympics ever since I was a kid. I didn’t start cycling until 2004 and Bradley Wiggins was a particular inspiration that year as he won 3 medals in the Athens Olympics. In terms of female role models I am good friends with Sarah Storey and take a lot of advice and inspiration from her.
     Overall I am inspired by the desire to win and the desire to be the best I can be. As a cyclist I love racing against the clock on the track and aiming to break my personal bests and ultimately break records.

What motivates you in tough times?
      I always try and think of the big picture and a big goal ahead. It is normal to have bad days in training but it is all work in the bank for the big target ahead. I also believe everything happens for a reason. As an athlete getting ill can be very frustrating as it means missing training but I always tell myself the rest will do me good. Stressing will always make things worse, so it is important to relax during tough times and accept what will be will be.

How did the experience of alopecia affect you as a teenager?
      This is always a hard question to answer as I don’t know what I would have been like without it. I was very shy as a teenager, but I was also a shy child before I had alopecia. I think it maybe made me more shy but it is hard to tell. I was very focused on my school studies as a teenager but again I have always been very focused on anything I set my mind to. Overall I had a happy time at school.

 "Don’t let alopecia hold you back, at the time it can seem like a massive thing because
hair is such an important part of identity as a woman,
but it doesn’t have to affect your life at all if you don’t let it."

 Have your feelings about alopecia changed over time?
      To be honest I don’t really think about now at all. It doesn’t enter my mind on a daily basis, only when I am asked questions about it. I have to think really hard to answer these sorts of questions as it isn’t something that usually occupies my mind. I have memories of when I first lost my hair I cried and I used to live in hope that it would grow back. But now I don’t really think about that. I enjoy wearing wigs and I would say it doesn’t affect my day to day life.

What are your tips for women with hair loss about being confident and achieving their dreams?
The most important thing is acceptance of the condition. This is hard but once you have accepted it you can then move on. Personally I love wearing wigs and that gave me a lot of confidence when I got my first wig. I would say don’t let alopecia hold you back, at the time it can seem like a massive thing because hair is such an important part of identity as a woman, but it doesn’t have to affect your life at all if you don’t let it. You only get one life so make the most of it and live life to the full!

 

 

 

Events

The TANGLED Wigs team are always hitting the streets to have fun and spread the word about our collections. Come and join us at an event near you; take advantage of our friendly, expert advice and find your perfect hair.

September

   
Friday27th DeVere Hunton Park  In aid of Macmillan's Biggest Coffee Morning.
October    
  The Wig Party London In aid of W.I.G. where inspiration gathers
 Friday 12th  Alopcia Conference, County Durham