Alopecia Areata is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which a misguided immune system damages hair follicles. It affects over 6.8 million people in the United States.
One such little girl living in Citrus Heights, California, five-year-old Malia Hayes knows all too well about misguided people doing damage too. Hayes has Alopecia, and on a recent trip to the park some children made comments that hurt her feelings. Although the children didn't intend to be mean, that was the result.
Malia's parents set out to help heal those wounds, by letting her shave her dad's head. In an interview with KCRA, father, Zach Hayes said:
I asked her if it was OK if I looked like her. I told her it would be an honor of mine to have her cut my hair for me.
Malia's mother, Ashley Hays recorded the experience and the resulting video went viral on social media.