Woman Loves Being 'Free' To Be Herself After Ditching Razor To Let Beard Grow

Sarah Kester
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Morgan Coleman spent most of her life trying to hide her beard.

It came as a result of hirsutism, a condition that causes excess hair to grow on different parts of your body. 

Now that she’s ditched the razor and embraced the condition that makes her unique, she’s never felt freer. Even her mental health has blossomed!

The 26-year-old first noticed hairs on her chin at the tender age of 11. 

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The discovery immediately made her feel like an outcast since most girls don’t experience this until their 20s, according to Well+Good. And if we do earlier, it's usually only a hair or two.

So, she did what anyone in that situation would do: she tried to hide it in order to avoid being bullied.

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Sadly, this didn’t always work. 

"It was horrible and isolating," she explained to Tyla. "Both kids and young adults were very cruel. I was bullied severely for many years. I don’t have many fond memories from my school years."

"I used to get a lot of horrible comments from nasty people saying I was ugly, I'm a freak, I'm a man, I'm transgender.”

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Her sideburns, in particular (hirsutism can also cause hair on the face, neck, chest, and buttocks), were a point of contention. 

"I used to get a lot of comments about my sideburns in particular," she explained.

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"There was a stage that every second person that walked past me would comment on them, tell me to shave my face, laugh at me and make fun of me."

Morgan has tried every hair removal under the sun over the years. 

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In 2011, she took a more extreme route by undergoing electrolysis. According to Healthline, this is a procedure that’s done by a dermatologist.

They use a laser to kill the hair follicles so the hair doesn’t grow back.

But it didn’t work.

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After experiencing bad menstrual problems, she decided to investigate this with her doctors in 2019.

By 2021, she learned that the cause of her condition was Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Armed with answers, Morgan was able to come to terms with her condition. 

"I decided it was time to prioritize my physical and mental health and part of doing that for me was to accept the things I can not change."

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"We are all unique. There is nothing wrong with looking different," she powerfully said.

Since then, she has ditched the razer and embraced the beard that makes her unique.  

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"I struggled everyday for 15 years with hirsutism, and after spending a lot of time in hospital recently, I decided it’s time,” she explained to the publication.

"It's time to embrace my natural face and, surprisingly, people aren't as judgmental as you'd think!"

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"Of course some people are, and they do say some awful things, but for the most part, more often than not, people are becoming more understanding."

She explained that while she does still struggle with self-confidence, it's nothing like before.

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"I do struggle with self-confidence - after many years of bullying, it does have an impact on your self-confidence, but I am definitely feeling much more confident since I’ve decided to embrace my natural face."

But overall, she feels something she hasn't felt her whole life: acceptance and peace.

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"I am really at peace with it now. It's difficult to explain, but I feel free - I wake up and that's now the last thing I think about, it's wonderful!"