YouTube Hannah Forcier didn’t plan to get a buzz cut, like many celebs have this year. It was completely accidental.
Due to a relaxer disaster, as I’ll call it, all of her hair completely broke off at the root. In a recent video titled “how all my hair fell out by making one mistake: story time,” Forcier shared her unexpected experience, and it quickly went viral. Almost five million people have watched as Forcier broke down in tears as she experienced every step associated with hair fallout.
Before the ordeal, Forcier had a bleached her shoulder-length bob, which she often dyed pink. “My hair is naturally curly, and I would straighten my hair every day to get it to look how I liked,” she tells Allure. To avoid having to do so on a daily basis and further damaging her hair with hot tools, Forcier decided to buy a relaxer from the drugstore. (She decided not to reveal the exact product name.) “I truly thought I was doing the best thing for my hair,” she adds. At the time, she didn’t register the fact that her hair was already in a fragile state due to bleaching and dyeing, and relaxer can be similarly aggressive on hair.
After applying the relaxer to her hair, Forcier followed the directions on the box to a T. She let the treatment process for the recommended amount of time before stepping into the shower to wash it out. As she began to lather, she felt clumps of her hair fall out. “I could feel my hair coming out and going down my back, and you could hear it splashing in the water,” she recounted in the viral video, while tears streamed down her face. So much hair was broke off that her shower refused to drain. It was after she hopped out of the shower that she noticed the sides of her hair were gone, and after some brushing, most of her hair had fallen off. What was left, she had a salon shave off. You can watch Hannah Forcier explain the complete experience below.
When her hair was longer, Forcier believed it was her personality and dictated her mood. “It would make or break my mood depending on if it looked good,” she says. “Having something that makes you stand out and be noticed and remembered is a great feeling. I always felt pushed to the side and easily forgotten.” However, after dyeing her hair pink, she says she finally felt like the person she wanted to be.
Forcier says her cropped hair is a reminder of the mistake she believes she made. “I am working on emotionally getting to the point where I am able to look at my hair and see a new beginning,” she adds. “My hair is now just hair and nothing more.” Despite recently posting a wig haul on her YouTube channel, Forcier has made a decision to not wear wigs. “I would rather people to know me for me without feeling like I’m hiding behind an insecurity,” she explains. You have to admire her for that.