Girls raising brows and self-confidence

Lynne Ferguson
Lynne Ferguson

Cancer patients in Falkirk are being offered confidence-boosting help to cope with the side-effects of treatment.

Many people lose hair through chemotherapy, including their eyebrows, and brow specialist Stacey Leigh Spalding is hosting tutorials to show women how they can recreate them with make-up.

Owner Stacey Leigh Spalding with Fiona Henderson.

Owner Stacey Leigh Spalding with Fiona Henderson.

Last Thursday was World Cancer Day and Stacey (26) held her first session in the Falkirk Business Hub, where her All About Brows salon is based.

The idea of Fe-Brow-ary came after speaking to a family friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Stacey now hopes the month dedicated to cancer patients and helping them overcome the visible side effects of cancer treatment will become a regular date in the calendar.

Together with the Business Hub, she is holding the seminars every Thursday in February for those who have lost their brows through cancer treatment to show them how to professionally pencil them back in.

Those attending have all been put forward by Strathcarron Hospice.

Stacey said: “Make-up can’t alter the structure of your face or improve its appearance permanently, but the immediate visual effect can help someone regain self-esteem and confidence which can result in an improved sense of well-being.

“I’ve been working as a make-up artist since 2011 and also offer a permanent brows service, so I know first-hand what a difference brows make to your face.”

She hopes that in the future other people will get behind Fe-Brow-ary, similar to Movember when men grow moustaches to raise funds and raise awareness of male health issues.

One of Stacey’s clients, Lynne Ferguson, lost her eyebrows not through cancer but other health issues and said: “Having my eyebrows done by Stacey made me able to face the mirror and the day.”

To help support the charity event, local retailers throughout Falkirk have donated make-up and skincare products to give the women who attend, while Alistair Campbell from the Business Hub laid on afternoon teas.