Schoolgirl who went bald due to bullying gets hair loss treatment

Bonnie loves her new hair (Picture: SWNS)

A schoolgirl who went completely bald due to relentless bullying has undergone ‘life-changing’ hair loss treatment.

Brave Bonnie Pullan, 11, began losing her hair three years ago after classmates at her primary school reduced her to tears every single day.

But now, she’s been fitted with a prosthetic hairpiece, created from a 3D mould of her head which is sealed in place using long-lasting adhesive – and mum, Wendy, says it’s giving her daughter her confidence back.

Wendy said: ‘Watching her smile with her friends at her fitting, just in time for Christmas, was magical. I couldn’t be prouder.’

Bonnie added: ‘I have been and shown all my school friends, and now I just want other children with hair loss to feel the way I feel right now – happy, confident, and amazing.’

The non-surgical treatments, called a CNC medical hair replacement system, fits onto the top of Bonnie’s head, making it very hard to tell that it’s a prosthetic.

Bonnie with mum Wendy Pullan (Picture: Wendy Pullan/SWNS)

And it means she can wear the advanced wig for years, without having to take it off.

Due to cruel bullying, Bonnie would come home crying every day from school and at one point wasn’t eating.

Doctors later diagnosed the schoolgirl with alopecia, a sometimes-permanent hair loss disease, which was brought on by the stress of her daily school experiences.

And while Wendy managed to take action to stop the bullying, her daughter’s hair failed to grow back due to her ongoing issues with anxiety.

Bonnie’s mental health has begun to ‘spiral’ following her hair loss and she would heartbreakingly tell her mum: ‘My friends are pretty, I’m not pretty.’

A local hair clinic campaigned to raise the £5,000 that Bonnie needed for the treatment, which was smashed earlier this year thanks to the online donation.

In the salon chair with Yorkshire Hair Clinic Owner Hayley Jennings (Picture: Wendy Pullan/SWNS)

Bonnie said she was ‘blown away’ when she was fitted with the hair piece on Wednesday after an anonymous donor helped her hit a fundraising target of £5,000.

She said: ‘The excitement has been building, waiting to get my CNC and then I had it fitted. I was super nervous, but I don’t know why because I love it.

‘I’m so grateful to everyone who’s helped me to get the CNC system. For making it all possible. My smile is so big. I have hair again.’

Speaking after Bonnie was fitted with the hairpiece, Wendy said: ‘Bonnie is the most incredible girl I know.

‘We love her unconditionally and told her that she rocked having no hair every day.

‘After four years without any though, she decided she wanted hair, and being her mum, I will support her through every choice the best I can.

She got a CNC hair replacement system (Pictures: Wendy Pullan / SWNS)

‘Her confidence came flooding back, especially knowing that she can wear her CNC day and night – to school, to drama classes and to sleepovers – without the anxiety that it might ever come off.

‘I’m a happy mum. My girl is happy.’

Bonnie will wear it 24/7 for up to 4 weeks at a time before visiting Yorkshire Hair Clinic for her complimentary maintenance appointments in their dedicated private suite.

Made from 100% human hair and custom colour matched to Bonnie’s hair and scalp, the hair system can be washed and styled as though it were her own hair.

Bonnie loved showing her hair to best friends, Emmie Stewart and Lily Berry (Picture: Wendy Pullan/SWNS)

Hayley Jennings, 42, co-owner of Yorkshire Hair Clinic, where Bonnie had the piece fitted, said: ‘We see the difference that a CNC hair replacement system makes to those struggling with hair loss.

‘Watching Bonnie’s confidence soar after her fitting is the reason, we do what we do and is the reason that our fundraising will never end.

‘As Bonnie grows older, she’ll start to outgrow the 3D printed cast we made from her head when she was 11 and there are other children and young adults still struggling with alopecia.

‘We’re determined to help them all.’

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