Mom Warns Others About Tying Your Hair Back After Being Scalped By Her Car



Mom Warns Others About Tying Your Hair Back After Being Scalped By Her Car


In October 2016, Alon Abare, a mother of four from New York, was checking on a mechanical problem with her car when her life changed in an instant. She was leaning into the hood when her long hair got caught in the fan belt. She was scalped.


“I just without thinking reached in, and when I did so, my hair got caught,” Abare told Inside Edition. That’s when she yelled for help. It took seconds for her kids to run outside.



“I just said, ‘I need you guys to find a pair of scissors and I just need you to cut Mommy’s hair out so that I can get out,’” she said. Her son, Sam, turned off the engine while her daughter, Logan, cut her hair free with scissors. Thanks to their quick thinking, Abare survived the brutal accident.


“They were focused and they were driven by, I think, you know, they wanted to save their mom,” she added.


Though she’s doing well now, she sees a visible reminder of the pain she went through in the mirror every day. “I can put my wig on and I can go out and it seems like nothing changed. I can pretend that I’m the same,” she said.


“Mentally, it is difficult.” After her scalp heals, she’s hoping to receive a hair transplant. In the meantime, she’s been sharing her story to warn others with long hair to always tie it back while working on their cars.


“The most important thing is you pull your hair back,” said auto safety expert Lauren Fix. “If you’re thinking you’re looking for a leak, you want to put your hands back, take off anything that’s going to potentially get in the way. If you’re replacing a headlight, or changing an air filter, shut the vehicle off.”


More on Abare’s story and recovery in the video below.