Tracie Giles’ ‘hyperrealism’ brow tattoo restores a woman’s confidence who has lost it due to alopecia.
After losing her hair to alopecia, a mother-of-three described how she felt “stripped of her identity” and struggled to leave the house until she tried the new “hyperrealism” brow tattoo.
After the death of her father in 2019, Zelda Burborough, a former Retail and Events Editor from London, began losing her hair and was shocked when the left side of her hair fell out.
She went to her doctor, who prescribed iron tablets, and even went vegan, cut out sugar, and practiced yoga in the hopes of regaining her hair – but within a month, she had lost 80% of her body and facial hair, leaving only her brows and lashes.
Unfortunately, they soon followed, and after seeing the shock on her children’s faces when she was forced to shave her head, she decided to try celebrity make-up artist Tracie Giles’ new ‘hyperrealism’ semi-permanent make-up technique, which she described as ‘life-changing.’
‘Alopecia is such a cruel illness, and for me, it’s been a mental health battle,’ Zelda told FEMAIL. She has started her own business, Arty andamp; Bella, which designs reusable head wraps and facial wipes.
You lose your identity – I couldn’t look at myself, I couldn’t recognize myself, and leaving the house was a struggle because I didn’t want to see or speak to anyone.’
‘I developed Alopecia over two and a half years ago,’ she recalled.
My left side of hair fell out a few months after my father died.
‘I went to my GP and had a series of blood tests, after which I was prescribed strong iron tablets and told to return if my condition worsened.
80% of my hair fell out from my head and body during that month, but I still had my brows and lashes.’
Her children, on the other hand, struggled to cope with her thinning hair, fearing their mother was suffering from a life-threatening illness.
‘On Mother’s Day in 2019, my husband shaved my head for me because I felt like a dandelion,’ she continued.
My hair was constantly puffing out, and I couldn’t stand the daily, uncontrollable hair loss.
‘It was difficult all around, especially because hair loss is associated with serious illness and chemotherapy, and no matter how much I reassured them, they didn’t believe me.’
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Zelda Burborough, a former Retail and Events Editor from London, first started losing her hair after the death of her father in 2019She went to see her GP who prescribed her with iron tablets, and she went vegan, cut out sugar and practised yoga in an effort to get her hair backShe soon lost 80 per cent of her body and facial hair, with her children worried she was suffering from a life-threatening diseaseWhen she was forced to shave her head, she decided to try semi-permanent make-up by celebrity artist Tracie Giles – describing it as ‘life-changing”Hyperrealism’ brow tattoo uses extra delicate brush strokes for a realistic finish