Helping Ali

Helping Ali

 

Meet Ali

Since March of 2017,  As a way of giving back to the amazingly strong women suffering through the after effects of chemotherapy and alopecia, I have been honoured to provide free of charge microblading to some very inspirational people. One of my very first clients was a beautiful lady named Ali Lowe. Mother of three Ali had been recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and was looking to have her brows microbladed before losing her hair due to chemotherapy. I was incredibly happy to perform this for her and hoped it would provide the smallest amount of happiness in what was a traumatic time. As you can see from her smile, I like to think we did just that!

Undeterred by the long and painful road ahead of her, Ali entered the salon full of hope and determination to beat her condition, not just for herself but for her young family, too. Her attitude towards every woman’s worst fear was truly inspirational and helped me to put a lot of my own problems into perspective. If I had helped Ali feel more like the beautiful woman she is, she helped me more so to evaluate what is important in this life.

It was tough, but Ali fought bravely and her cancer finally went into remission! I was so happy when I heard the news, delighted for her and her family that all her efforts had been rewarded.

Earlier this month, two years after originally meeting Ali, the cancer returned. And so the aggressive chemotherapy starts again and Ali remains as defiant as ever in the face of this heartbreaking setback.

As I said earlier, Ali has helped me to realise the importance of the time we have with our families. As a mother of a young daughter myself, I know how cherished the memories of time together can be. With this in mind, I want to try and help Ali once more. This time I want to help to make the time she has with her young family as enjoyable and memorable as can be.

How YOU Can Help

I have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ali to spend on days out with her girls to hopefully help take some of the stress out of the situation for everyone involved. As an incentive to help raise as much as possible, everybody who donates at least £5 to the go fund me page will be entered into a prize draw for either

1 Free Microblading Full Treatment worth £300 (including consultation and top up)

1 Free Full Powder Brows Treatment worth £300 (including consultation and top up)

1 Free Refresh Top Up worth £180

Every £5 donation will gain you one entry, so, for example, if you donate £20, that equates to 4 opportunities to win. If you are an existing client and wish to donate but do not need the treatment, this can be gifted to the person of your choice. Please be aware that the treatment will only go ahead if you are deemed suitable during the consultation. If, for whatever reason, you are not suitable, the treatment can again be gifted to the person of your choice. 100% of all donations will go directly to Ali and her girls.

My brief involvement with Ali has shown me how much the little things matter. Whether that’s helping a young lady retain her femininity by providing a free microblading treatment or helping someone have one more day of happiness with their family, it’s important to do what we can for those in their hours of need. We can’t cure Ali’s cancer or make her chemotherapy treatments any less painful, but we can help to put another smile on her face.

Please click the button below to go straight to the GoFundMe page and donate what you can.

Help Ali

Rebecca Morey

Emporium Beauty Specialists.

The True Cost Of Microblading

The True Cost Of Microblading

When people contact me about Microblading and Ombre Brows, one of the first questions that always comes up is the price. It is, of course, understandable that cost is such an important factor when considering the treatment. It is a big investment and a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With that being said, it has always been my belief that Microblading and Powder Brows are among the most cost effective treatments in the entire beauty industry.

First of all, let’s consider how much we spend on eyebrow maintenance each year. In 2015, a study by The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) found that the average British woman spends £200 pounds on their eyebrows. A massive 81% of women surveyed said they considered eyebrow maintenance to be a vital part of their daily routine, averaging 49 minutes per week spent on caring for their brows.

As I said, this study was conducted 4 years ago in 2015, right at the start of the eyebrow revolution. I can only speculate, but given how the demand for perfect brows has only increased and from conversations with my clients, I can only imagine that the £200 per month figure has increased in the last few years. Be that as it may, if we use the £200 figure as a guide, this works out at £18.50 spent on brows every month.

Microblading and Powder brow treatments at Emporium Beauty Specialists works out at £25 per month. Yes, this is slightly higher than the £18.50, but remember that you will also be saving yourself almost an hour a week from your daily beauty regime. (Again, I think for most people reading this, we would admit to spending longer than 49 minutes on our brows per week before having a semi-permanent treatment!)

Now, here’s where things get interesting…

The majority of my clients treatments last them much longer than 12 months due to the high quality of the pigments I use and the precision of the work. On average, I perform a refresh top up every 18 months. In many cases, this can stretch to as long as 24 months, which is why my top up prices reflect this high rate of retention. So, if we take the average 18 month retention rate, your Microblading or Powder Brow treatment becomes £16.60 per month.  If you are fortunate enough to achieve 24 month retention, this figure reduces even further to £12.50 per month!

Let’s now compare this to another sector of the beauty industry; hair care. A 2017 study found that, on average, British women spend £756 pounds on their hair each year. That’s a whopping £63 per month. This may seem like a very high figure, but when you factor in salon visits and home hair care products, the numbers soon add up.

Maybe it’s a little unfair to compare prices to hair care…how about we look at hair removal? The Average woman spends £23,000 over the course of her lifetime to remove unwanted hair. That’s some £320 per year, or £26.60 per month.

With hair, wanted or otherwise, we usually don’t realise quite how much we are spending. It’s usually a case of smaller amounts being paid over a longer period of time. My point is, it all adds up. Yes, Microblading and Powder Brow treatments are a big initial investment, but when we work out the money and time we are saving over the course of the treatments lifespan, it really is an investment worth making.

 

Rebecca

Emporium Beauty Specialists

 

Eyebrow Self Care

Average Spend
£18.50/Month

Hair Care Treatments

Average Spend
£63/Month