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SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES: DEVON CARROW

Meet the influencer spreading love through her own journey of self-acceptance.

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“I think people have SO MUCH potential to live beautiful and productive lives, regardless of what they are dealing with, and I want them to know that they can spark a difference in our world.”


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I’m delighted to share with you the first installment of the Social Butterflies series:

My interview with Devon Carrow.


Devon, can you share a bit about yourself and your story? 

Of course! I am 22 years old and living in Philadelphia! When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, an auto-immune hair loss disease.

At first, it was devastating. Within the span of six months, I went from having a full head of hair, to being completely bald. I was scared, anxious and depressed. I was bullied a lot in school, and to be completely honest, would rather hide at home all day than interact with my peers.

What was the inspiration behind The Love Spreader?

I started The Love Spreader because one day I had it with being sorry for myself. I wanted to love who I was and enjoy my life, regardless of what my hair looked like.

SO, I did just that: I started wearing different types of wigs, started hanging out with my friends again, and participating in school activities.

I realized throughout this process that I should spread my positivity and motivation to ALL people, not just keep it to myself.

I started The Love Spreader so that I could inspire people to be true to themselves, to not hide in their rooms, to live their lives to the fullest regardless of any mental or physical “flaw” they have. It’s not just for people with Alopecia, but a variety of different things including acne, weight issues, scarring, depression, anxiety, etc.

What do you hope to convey through The Love Spreader?

First off, I want to be seen as positive role model for kids and teens, someone I wish I had when I was first diagnosed.

I want to be a positivity mentor, guiding people towards self-love and self-acceptance, not self-harm and hatred.

I think people have SO MUCH potential to live beautiful and productive lives, regardless of what they are dealing with, and I want them to know that they can spark a difference in our world.

Social Butterflies Interview | Devon Carrow | The Love Spreader | Wild & Precious


What kinds of reactions have you gotten since beginning The Love Spreader? Any that have surprised you?      

I was surprised by how much support I have gotten from people, and shocked by the amount of people who needed positivity in their lives.

I’ve done a few radio shows, been in a couple magazines (most recently June/July issue of Girl’s Life), wrote for A LOT of blogs, all addressing people that need advice and love!

I have connected with people all over the world, and I love that regardless of your gender, sexuality, religion, culture or ethnicity, people are the same inside. They all want to feel confident, and loved. I am so blessed to be there for them.

Social media has the potential to spread influence in powerful ways. What dangers do you see in social media’s influence? What benefits/ opportunities?

I think Instagram is great because you can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time. It’s also very interactive so you can chat with your followers (I don’t really like that term, I call them my friends), ask about their days, post videos, pictures, etc.

On the other hand, I worry when people post heavily edited photos of themselves because it gives others something completely unrealistic that they ultimately compare themselves to. I think that can be the foundation for a lot of self-doubt and depression.

How do you define beauty? 

I think beauty is SO MUCH MORE than perfect skin, or hair, or body. I think beauty is when you radiate happiness and optimism. You are simply glowing.

Honestly, even if you have a pimple the size of a mountain on your chin, if you are shining from the inside, no one will notice. I think a smile goes a long away.

…and how do you define health?

I think it’s when, of course, you take care of yourself from a hygiene perspective, in addition to working out, and eating healthy foods.

It also means taking care of your mental health. Paint, read, watch a movie, do anything that makes you feel good.

(And of course, feel free to indulge on pizza or cake sometimes. Life is about balance, and I’m a sucker for sweets. LOL.)

What advice would you offer to someone who is working towards self-acceptance?

Take everything a day at a time, don’t rush into anything and then get disappointed if you don’t get results right away. I think the best thing to do is write down what you want to improve about yourself, in addition to the things you enjoy, and work every day towards achieving both. I want you to spend time on things you love while also making yourself a better person.

Progress takes a long time, and that’s the healthiest way to go about it.

Social Butterflies Interview | Devon Carrow | The Love Spreader | Wild & Precious

What is one myth about Alopecia you wish could be dispelled once and for all?

WE AREN’T ILL!!! When people look at an Alopecian, their first thought is often that we are sick with something. NO! Alopecians can live completely normal lives and be healthy and happy!

…and one truth about Alopecia you wish you could spread worldwide? 

You don’t have to stop your life because of Alopecia. Yes, we have to get cortisone injections every once in a while, but that does not hinder our lives.

What is one of your favorite ways to practice self-care?

I loooooove face masks. I love to come home after a long day, take off my makeup, wash my face, put on a moisturizing face mask, and relax. It’s my excuse to sit down for 15 minutes and spend time on pampering myself. Plus, it makes you feel so clean!

I also love to take a warm bubble bath if I am feeling exceptionally stressed. It’s very calming.


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How do you move forward when you hit a wall or feel stuck (in health, work, or life in general)?  

I think the best thing to do is talk to someone you love. Feel free to get out any frustrations or anger or sadness by venting to them.

The next thing you should do is take a long bath, nap, or run. Do something to relax your body and mind.

Then, start working on your next move. You can make lists to brainstorm, that is my favorite thing to do. Then cross each thing off as you accomplish it.

Remember, everything will work out because it has to. Life ALWAYS keeps moving.

What’s next for you? Can you share a bit about what you’re working on now?

I will be filming a few videos in NYC with a surprise YouTube page about Alopecia and how it affects my life, and I will be traveling to London soon to speak to teens about self-love.

You can also see me and my story in the current issue of Girl’s Life Magazine.

Please watch my Instagram pages for updates that will be coming out soon!

NOTE: Devon currently is raising funds to help newly diagnosed hair-loss patients manage the expense of wigs and other medical needs. You can support Devon’s campaign here!     


When she’s not chatting in front of a camera, or writing at Starbucks, Devon Carrow works full-time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Devon is a fervent traveler, self-proclaimed bookworm, and afficionada of all things British.

connect with devon:

Website | Instagram (The Love Spreader) | Instagram (Devon Carrow) 


HI!  I’M MICHAELA. 

I help health + wellness professionals connect with their dream clients through genuine, engaging communication. After spending over a decade studying, researching, and teaching psychology + communication principles, I started this business to empower health + wellness professionals like me to “preach what you practice”. I share practical guidance so you can get clear on your unique value, communicate it with heart, attract + serve the people you love working with most… and actually have fun along the way.

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