According to TumblrPopCultureDiedin2009, when the paparazzi outside of the salon asked Spears why she’d shaved her head, she told them, “Because of you.”
The Tumblr also chronicles the week when Spears went bald, and the aftermath. Young Spears was seen partying in a bikini, checked in and out of rehab for less than 24 hours at a time, twice, and most importantly, took an umbrella to Kevin Federline’s car without a single hair on her head.
By Feb. 22, Spears checked into rehab a third time, at Promises, where she would stay for nearly a month.
Looking back at this epic moment in pop culture history we can’t help but be stunned by the beauty of her journey. In fact, it’s downright inspirational.
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