Olive is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, with over 29 years of hospital and clinic hours her belt .
CANCER. It's a word we hear too often . Today's statistics say 1:2 now get it . (It used to be 1:5.). Since I started my career in Semi Permanent Microblading, it is surprising how many people are affected . But recent statistics have astounded the world even more .
People with a recent cancer diagnosis wouldn't think to act quickly and arrange their eyebrow tattoo. It prevents what a lot of people would dread -that is to lose your brows .
70% of my clients are about to have Chemotherapy at some stage. Clients who are about to commence a cycle of chemotherapy know they will lose their hair. They are rarely prepared when they lose their brow hair. The trip to the hairdressers is planned, wig chosen, fab and funky head scarves tried on etc. the same prep is rarely done for the eyebrows! Those little hairs over our eyes don't get a look in , and we don't realise how important they are until they are gone.
Clients tell us that whilst they were prepared for head hairloss, it was the brow loss that upset them most. An Eyebrow Embroidery/Microblading treatment this could have been done up to a few days before the Chemo commenced.
The Oncology nurse will prepare you on what to do before your treatment ( dental visits, wig fittings etc) and what to expect during your treatment cycles, and how to overcome them. The Oncology nurse works in close unison with your Oncologist . You can be prepared.
Celebrities like Majella O Donnell have been very vocal about her confidence being restored once her eyebrows were Embroidered . Up to a few years ago, there was no service available for ladies who lost their brows - only a trip to the Tattoo Artist. Semi permanent Eyebrow Embroidery was once something most clients needed to go to Harley St to acquire. It is now more widely available to clients in practically all of the 4 provinces. Olive is the only Brow Artist with a Nursing and Midwifery degree that we know of in Ireland who does Microblading in hair stroke . As a nurse, she has gained the confidence of Oncologists, Gps ,Oncology nurses and receives referrals daily as part of the Pre Chemo Prep.
Brows not just a vanity thing, it is much more than that. They frame a face, and if lost can make you look sicker than you feel. We know this. Brows get thinner and thinner at each chemo cycle , and touch ups are necessary 6 monthly-yearly. Our cancer chemotherapy clients are more than just clients- it becomes a life long relationship .
The benefits: Brows can be styled with powders and stencils, brow pencils , brow wigs etc every day. However one rain shower, swim , sweat ( clients on chemotherapy sweat a lot) and the brows sweat/wash off. Eyebrow wigs unfortunately slip. I love to do Embroidery /Medical Microblading on clients before Cancer chemo happens , because I can Embroider over your existing brow, capturing its natural shape, so that when you lose your brow hair, the blueprint of what your brow once was is there.
The first pass of Embroidery ideally needs to happen well before Chemo commences, but can be done safely up to 4 days beforehand . Microblading has been done the day before chemotherapy starts , but check with your oncology nurse just in case. Most patients do not become neutropenic until after the second session, thus reducing any risks.
The "touch up" can be delayed to 6 weeks after chemo ceases.
We work closely with the wonderful Versacchi - the Hair loss and Wig clinic Road in Cork on an " on call " basis . We will try to arrange your apt to have your eyebrows Microbladed the same day as your wig appointment , so it is all under one roof . If we are unable to facilitate this we will offer you an appointment at our Clonakilty clinic.
Contact us directly to arrange your apt.
This photo below is a 67 yr old lady whose brows got thinner and thinner with every subsequent chemo round , which is almost yearly now. She lost all her brow hair eventually. We managed to emulate her brow shape recently, and she is just delighted.
FEEL YOUR SELFIE!
Ladies, please feel your selves........ Screening can not be left to machines and the professionals only, take responsibility and be pro active . Then we ALL win!
Majella O Donnell raised €600k when she had her hair shaved before her chemo. She said that whilst her head hair loss was traumatic, it was her brow hair loss upset her the most . Here she is sporting Embroidered brows, and so happy.
Below is a video of a lady having Embroidery once she finished chemo . She is quite frank about her brow hair loss, how she lost them, and has been left with eyebrow hair that is too high on her face, with a downward slant that gives her a ' sad' look.