A mother of three who felt ‘deprived of her identity’ and struggled to leave the house after losing her hair to alopecia, said she finally feels like herself again after trying a new eyebrow tattoo with ‘hyperrealism’ .
Zelda Burborough, former editor of retail and events London, who first began falling out after her father’s death in 2019, and was horrified when her left side of hair fell out.
She went to her doctor, who prescribed her iron pills, and even became a vegan, cut down on sugar and practiced yoga to regain her hair – but that month she lost 80 percent of her body and face hair. her eyebrows and eyelashes remained.
Unfortunately, they soon followed, and after witnessing the shock on the faces of their children Rafferty, 15, Belle, 14 and Amelie, 11, when she was forced to shave her head, she decided to try the famous makeup artist Tracy Giles. “a new technique of semi-permanent make-up of ‘hyperrealism’ – which he describes as ‘life-changing’.
Formerly: Zelda Burborough, a former editor of retail and events in London, first started losing her hair after her father died in 2019 and was horrified when her left side of her hair fell out. She was shocked at how much difference the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes made
After hyperrealism eyebrows: after witnessing the shock on her children’s faces when she was forced to shave her head, she decided to try semi-permanent make-up – she described it as a “changing life”
In an interview with FEMAIL, Zelda, who started her own company Arty & Bella, which designed head pads and reusable wipes, said: “Alopecia is such a cruel disease and for me it was a battle for mental health. You’re deprived of your identity – I couldn’t look at myself, I couldn’t recognize myself and it was a real effort to leave the house because I didn’t want to see or talk to anyone. ‘
She recalled: “I got alopecia two and a half years ago. A few months after my father’s death, the left side of my hair fell out.
“I went to my GP, where they did a lot of blood tests, prescribed me strong iron pills and told me to come back if it got worse. 80 percent of my hair fell out of my head and body this month, but luckily I still had eyebrows and eyelashes. ‘
But her children have struggled with her hair loss as they were worried their mother had a life-threatening illness.
Zelda described alopecia as a “cruel disease” that affected her mental health, and admitted that her children had difficulty coping with her hair loss because they were worried their mother had a life-threatening illness (already seen). before).
She decided to deepen and try out the ‘hyperrealism’ eyebrow tattoo, which uses extremely delicate brush strokes for a realistic finish (seen later)
She continued: “On Mother’s Day 2019, my husband shaved my head because I felt like a dandelion. My hair was constantly blowing and I couldn’t stand the daily uncontrolled hair loss.
‘My husband was upset about it and my kids were horrified – it was hard everywhere, especially because hair loss is linked to serious illness and chemotherapy and no matter how much I calmed them down, they didn’t believe me.’
What is eyebrow hyperrealism?
How It Works?
Hyperrealism Brows is a new, advanced permanent makeup technique mastered by only a handful of artists around the world and available from Tracie Giles London.
Eyebrow hyperrealism is achieved through the use of cosmetic tattoo devices and needles (not microblading) and highly specialized tattooing techniques to create the most realistic, natural eyebrows currently available.
Instead of tattooing individual strokes into the skin, as with Hairstroke Brows, Tracie Giles London Artists tattoo soft, overlapping hair in a unique pattern that mimics the natural movement and direction of real eyebrow hairs.
This pattern increases the intensity in the middle of the eyebrows to create a hyperrealistic 3D effect.
What is the procedure?
After consultation, the procedure takes 2-3 hours, and the side effects are a few days of slight redness.
Does it hurt?
A numbing gel is applied before and during the treatment to reduce any discomfort.
How much does it cost?
It costs £ 995 – which includes a consultation, a first meeting and a first retouching meeting when done in 2 to 12 weeks.
A 10% discount is available for patients with alopecia.
How long does it take?
Up to two years, depending on the individual.
Zelda remembers trying ‘everything’ to stay positive and regain her hair – including veganism, giving up sugar and more exercise.
She admitted: “I tried to stay happy for my children, but I was numb to myself and I felt like I was falling into a black hole.
‘Four months later, my hair grew back and I got 80 percent of my hair back. It was different and a few millimeters long, but I felt like a rapunzel. I thought my hair loss was an unfortunate complication. ‘
But unfortunately Zelda’s hair loss was not a phase and the year after she first experienced hair loss, the rest of her hair fell out.
She said: “In one week after the first anniversary of my father’s death, my hair fell out much more aggressively and in two weeks I lost all my hair everywhere, this time I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes, which was devastating.
“I also didn’t want anyone to know how devastated I felt because I felt in vain because I was so upset about losing my hair. After all, ‘it’s just hair’, as people with hair, eyebrows and eyelashes have been telling me all along!
‘One day I was in hot yoga and someone who came out of class couldn’t stop staring and looking back at me, he almost stepped into a pillar – needless to say, I didn’t feel very zen.’
And in addition to the cosmetic and psychological tax she had on her, her mother revealed how she is more prone to infections as she has no protection against dirt.
Zelda explained how not having facial hair affected her: ‘You don’t realize how important your eyebrows and eyelashes are until you lose them.
‘Everything seems too bright and sweat, dust and dirt go straight into your eyes. I get an eye infection every other week and that’s even before they make you look and feel. Lose face definition and your features.
“For the last year and a half, I’ve been drawing my eyebrows and using eyebrow transfers, but in reality they were blurred, in the wrong place as a panto figure, which prevented me from dropping my daughter off at the school door so I didn’t have to no one to run into.
“I also hate cleansing my face and at the end of the day without eyebrows.”
Zelda decided to dig deeper and see a semi-permanent make-up, but she was worried about the horrific stories she read about.
She said: “I was looking for a lasting solution, but I saw quite a few evil semi-permanent eyebrows and I was worried about what they might look like – too exaggerated and fake.”
Zelda remembers trying ‘everything’ to stay positive and regain her hair – including veganism, giving up sugar and more exercise. (Seen left before and right after)
She then ran into hyperrealistic eyebrows on celebrity artist Tracy Giles ’Instagram account, adding,“ I saw amazing natural hair-like features on a brunette woman with hardly any eyebrows that impressed me as I have never seen anything so delicate and realistic.
I was also impressed with Tracia Giles ’medical tattoo for breast surgery clients and offered a discount to clients with medical hair loss as it is not‘ just a beauty treatment ’.
After extensive consultation and pictures taken, Zelda underwent treatment and says she finally feels at home again.
Describing the treatment as a ‘work of art’, she said of the therapist: “Peace has given me back my identity, my old eyebrows, but better! She gave me back some of my old selves, gave me back my confidence, and I’m happy to look back and recognize myself. My family and work friends can’t believe how natural and realistic my eyebrows are, my mom even thought my eyebrows had grown.
Zelda’s next stop is to apply permanent eye makeup to conceal eyelash loss, and explain, “To someone who hasn’t lost hair yet, it may sound ridiculous to understand how much of an impact my new eyebrows have had on me. But as my kids say ‘it’s so nice to see you happy mom’, I can honestly say that for the first time in years I’m happier and I feel like I’m finally on the path to acceptance. ‘
WHAT IS ALOPECIA?
Alopecia that causes baldness is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. The immune system – the body’s defense system – turns itself on.
What are the symptoms?
Usually, one or more small bald spots, about 50 p in size, appear on the scalp. Hair may begin to grow back in one place while another bald spot develops. Hair can also start to thin all over your head, ”says Marilyn Sherlock, president of the Institute of Trichologists.
What causes it?
“For some reason, the body’s immune system begins to attack its own hair follicles. Special white blood cells in the body, known as T-lymphocytes, cause hair to stop growing, ”he adds.
Can worries get worse?
Stress has been shown to prolong the problem.
Is it an inherited condition?
There is strong evidence to suggest that alopecia, like other autoimmune diseases, occurs in families. About 25 percent of patients have a family history of the disease.
Who gets it?
Alopecia areata usually affects teenagers and young adults, but it can affect people of all ages. It is as common among men as women.
Is there a cure?
There is no known cure, although there are various treatments that may be effective for some people.