A little self-belief goes a long way.
I remember when the thought of losing my hair was almost as crippling and frightening as the cancer that was invading my body.
Whilst cancer itself did not cause hair loss, the treatment and chemotherapy did. The side effects causing my hair to fall out affected my confidence. I felt ugly. In my mind, I thought I would be left with a bald shiny head which left me feeling vulnerable and naked.
With my mind working overtime and imagining the worst; I finally plucked up the courage and removed my hair. To my surprise, I wasn’t totally bald as I had imagined, I still had a covering of hair. That eventually would disappear but gradually, so it allowed me time to adjust to my changing appearance.
As a mum, hairdresser and a professional singer image was everything, or so I thought. I did not realise how the impact of losing my hair was going to affect me. And how my journey while searching for a wig, would set me on a path that would change my life forever.
Finding the right wig, and styling that wig was an experience to say the least. But through all the trauma I was able to turn the negative into a positive.
It’s astounding that after all my years of hairdressing it was losing my own hair that I would lead me to see the bigger picture, and what a profound impact it would have on me; to the extent that I would find myself a year later selling my home and opening my new salon and wig clinic.
I knew with the combination of my years in hairdressing and my own experience with hair loss that I could offer a truly personalised service with the sensitivity & dignity that all my customers deserve.
With hard work and perseverance, my dream became a reality; my Positive Image Clinic was born.
I was soon to realise hair loss was to come in many forms such as, alopecia, chemotherapy treatments, lupus, trichotillomania, male pattern baldness, thinning of hair, transgender dysphoria, scars and burns, to name but a few. My search for the highest quality wigs and products, took me all over the world including here in the UK, and to Thailand and the USA, where I trained with the best wig designers in the industry.
It was while undertaking my extensive training that I would come to understand that hair loss didn’t just affect the head; it also affected the eyebrows and lashes.
Customers would often ask if there was anything I could offer, but other than stencils and false lashes there seemed to be no permanent solution.
That was until I was introduced to Semi-Permanent Cosmetics & Medical Tattoo.
After lots of research, I found Nouveau Contour. And when I did, it was like coming home, that feeling you have when you’ve found the right place. Managing Director Karen Betts along with Sue Farley, Nilam Patel and Cathy Brown, became my one to one trainers each training me to different levels, until eventually, I became an Elite Trainer in Semi-Permanent Cosmetics and Medical Tattoo. Since then I have been a very proud part of the Nouveau Contour team assisting and teaching permanent & medical cosmetics.
Over the years I have striven to be at the forefront of cosmetic technology adding both medical and aesthetic treatments to the Clinic’s services. We now offer MCA (Multitrepanni Collagen Actuation), PlasmoPro and SMP (Scalp Micro Pigmentation) to mention just a fraction.
I am always looking for the newest, confidence building techniques and treatments for my customers.